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Longing for Certainty: Reflections of the Buddhist Life
     

Longing for Certainty: Reflections of the Buddhist Life

by Nyanasobhano
 

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In the same lyrical voice that met with such acclaim in Landscapes of Wonder, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano invites us to look upon the natural world with new eyes and to find the truths of the Buddha's teachings in our immediate experience. Attentive to the subtle power of language, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano choose his words in these essays with such artisty and care that

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In the same lyrical voice that met with such acclaim in Landscapes of Wonder, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano invites us to look upon the natural world with new eyes and to find the truths of the Buddha's teachings in our immediate experience. Attentive to the subtle power of language, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano choose his words in these essays with such artisty and care that Longing for Certainty resounds with sparkling, fluid clarity.

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano has been referred to as "American Buddhism's Thoreau" and indeed, his ability to inspire his readers to discover the wonders of nature and the spiritual insights that they arouse is unsurpassed among modern Buddhist writers. Fans of his acclaimed Landscapes of Wonder, will find that Longing for Certainty moves into even deeper fields of reflection.

Editorial Reviews

Buddhadharma
"Nature lovers will find a companion for the trail in Longing for Certainty: Reflections on the Buddhist Life. Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, a Buddhist monk, blends depictions of idyllic landscapes with scriptural quotes in a series of musings on life. The simple message of this book is appealing: Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano encourages the reader to find the Buddhist teachings in everyday life and especially the natural world."
WildMind Buddhist Meditation blog
"Nyanasobhano, an American actor/playwright turned Theravadin Buddhist, writes essays and reflections on the Buddhist path that stand well apart from the general run of writing on Buddhism for their sheer literary quality."
Spirituality & Health
"Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano sets out to explain Buddhist principles as they present themselves in everyday life. He sees examples of beauty but also is brought face-to-face with the reality of impermanence; he wants us to ponder both the transitory beauty of nature and the mortality which is the fate of every living thing. He has a knack for using ordinary incidents to elucidate complex Buddhist ideas and ideals."
Publishers Weekly
In this deep, shining pool of essays American Buddhist monk Nyanasobhano reflects on familiar Buddhist topics: mindfulness, impermanence, causation and other similar themes. This volume, however, sets itself apart as an unusually practical, philosophical and graceful book, brimming with the stuff of everyday life, and elegantly laced with poetry. Many of its fairly short chapters find their touchstone in nature. "Ice and Hope" is a walking lesson in transitions where "Even the magnificent sky is defaced by faint shreds of cloud. We find, more and more, not perfection but slow upheaval, an ever-aging panorama of transient, crumbling, recombining things." A long, maybe-lost adventure in the woods, "A Pilgrimage in Autumn," teaches the need to keep on walking and working, for wishing will not get us home literally or spiritually. In these penetrating reveries, Nyanasobhano displays an astonishing ability to track and record the nature of his mind, inspiring a standard of mental awareness as well as a renewed perception of the writer's craft. If the book has a flaw, it is the consistent first person plural application that can seem awkward: "Early on a spring morning after a night of thunderstorms we stand in the front hallway of our house and reach for the doorknob." However, in the main, this is a slender volume to be treasured and re-read by Buddhists of all types and stages, as well as non-Buddhists who love nature and are curious about a path that winds toward home. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861713387
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano was an actor and playwright before being ordained in Thailand in 1987. He now lives in the United States.

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