The Storms Can't Hurt the Sky: The Buddhist Path through Divorce [NOOK Book]

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Buddhism has been applied to everything from parenting to golf, but until now no one has offered Buddhist principles as a healing path through divorce. In Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky, Gabriel Cohen bravely delves into his personal experience-along with insights from Buddhist masters, parables, humor, social science studies, and interviews with other divorcés-to provide a practical and very helpful guide to surviving the pain of any break-up. Focusing on the emotions most common in the dissolution of a ...
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Overview


Buddhism has been applied to everything from parenting to golf, but until now no one has offered Buddhist principles as a healing path through divorce. In Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky, Gabriel Cohen bravely delves into his personal experience-along with insights from Buddhist masters, parables, humor, social science studies, and interviews with other divorcés-to provide a practical and very helpful guide to surviving the pain of any break-up. Focusing on the emotions most common in the dissolution of a relationship-anger, resentment, loss, and grief-Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky shows how thinking about these feelings in surprisingly different ways can lead to a radically better experience. This compulsively readable book offers sound advice and much-needed empathy for anyone dealing with a break-up.
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When his wife walks out on him, novelist Cohen (Red Hook) is stunned: "I didn't call out, didn't follow her to the door, I just lay down on the couch... as if I was settling into the coffin of our marriage." How he gets through the subsequent weeks and months provides the focus for this philosophical self-help. Cohen isn't trying to convert anyone, just passing along the key Buddhist principles he gleaned from a few lectures and applied to his own situation. Sound advice and short chapters fill his narrative of recovery, unadorned by bullet-pointed lists, side-bars or "get-enlightened-quick schemes," which should do much to engage readers and keep them that way. Subjects like anger management, self-pity and substance abuse lead Cohen to the heart of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths that promise an end to suffering for anyone: "Our sadness and happiness and anger... come only from within," meaning that control over them can and must also come from within. Encouraging and accessible throughout, Cohen's book will make a useful tool for readers going through a difficult break-up.
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Novelist Cohen, who also writes for the New York Timesand Time Out New York, sensitively explores the link between non-attachment and de-tachment in this sober and thoughtful life manual for Buddhist readers. He makes use not just of Buddhist precepts but also of his own experience and humor to show how conceptualizing the negative emotions that accompany divorce in a less "attached" way can help one deal with it differently.


—Graham Christian Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786746453
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 492,880
  • File size: 472 KB

Meet the Author


Gabriel Cohen has written for the New York Times and Time Out New York and has taught writing at NYU. The author of three novels, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
A wake-up call
Punching Holes     3
An Empty Cup     13
Does This Book Exist?     20
If Anger Wins     26
One for the Seesaw     30
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me     36
What Is Buddhism?     43
Forgiveness     47
A Thin Line     55
You Aren't My Sunshine     61
Come on, get happy!
Saturday Night Fever     69
Happy Hour     75
Attachment at First Sight     79
Bollywood Under the Bridge     85
Nowhere to Run     91
Who's Number One?     97
Danger, Will Robinson!     105
Of Chambermaids and Kings     113
The Couch and the Cushion     118
Gold in the Dirt     123
Where Have All the Good Friends Gone?     131
If You Meet the Buddha     136
Raccoons     146
The Heart of the Matter     155
Beginner's Mind     163
Lighting the Loop     167
All Things Go     174
Arrows into flowers
Chops     183
Sitting     189
Transform Your Brain     196
Planets     204
Where There's a Will     214
Anatomy of an E-Mail     218
Other Voices     228
Still My Best Friend     241
A Plan of Action     245
A Buddhist Approach to Divorce, in Action     252
Buddhist Resources     259
Acknowledgments     265
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