Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

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A humorous and honest collection of Buddhist wisdom from a Western beginner'­s perspective.

Instead of promising a straight and clear path to enlightenment, author and teacher Geri Larkin shows us that even stumbling along that path can lead to self-discovery and awakening, especially if we prize the journey and not the destination. With candor, affection, and earthy wisdom, Larkin shares her experiences as a beginning and continuing Buddhist. This spirituality classic shows ...

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Overview

A humorous and honest collection of Buddhist wisdom from a Western beginner'­s perspective.

Instead of promising a straight and clear path to enlightenment, author and teacher Geri Larkin shows us that even stumbling along that path can lead to self-discovery and awakening, especially if we prize the journey and not the destination. With candor, affection, and earthy wisdom, Larkin shares her experiences as a beginning and continuing Buddhist. This spirituality classic shows any seeker that it's possible to stumble, smile, and stay Zen through it all.

 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book records the dharma talks delivered by Larkin, a Zen master in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Ann Arbor Buddhist Temple and the Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple. In these lessons, Larkin teaches that the journey toward enlightenment does not consist of walking along a straight path filled with no obstacles but rather that it is more like stumbling along a path while learning to walk. Larkin draws her lessons from the Dhammapada, the Buddhist sacred text whose central lessons include mindfulness and lovingkindness. Larkin is able to draw out of this text lessons about the importance of awareness, the "dangers of grasping at material things" and the elements of wisdom. She also teaches how to use mindfulness though the tool of meditation to embrace change, deal with anger, prepare for death and cultivate joy. Each meditation opens or closes with an excerpt from the Dhammapada on which Larkin reflects. Larkin's prose is accessible, and her talks are peppered with examples from her own experiences of stumbling toward enlightenment. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A series of failed relationships and nervous exhaustion led Larkin, a former management consultant, to seek solace in Zen Buddhist meditation. This account of her spiritual quest is hilarious and serious, breezy, and earnestly truthful all at once. It is filled with reflections on Zen precepts and meditative practice, distilled in pragmatic observations that will resonate with American seekers wanting out of the fast lane. An enjoyable, thoughtful book for popular reading collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587613296
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 715,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

GERI LARKIN founded the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in Detroit in 1999 and served as its guiding teacher until 2005. She has written 11 books on Buddhism and has been a practicing Buddhist for 20 years. She currently lives a meditative life in Eugene, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition v

Foreword vii

1 If I Can, You Can 1

2 First You Have to Row a Little Boat 9

3 More Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox 19

4 Mind Games 27

5 A Buddhist Approach to Anger 35

6 On Becoming Wise 43

7 About Teachers 55

8 The Incredible Importance of Tiny Moments 63

9 The Invaluable Lessons of Miserable Days 75

10 Dealing with Rage 83

11 Preparing for Death 95

12 Egotism as a Life Handicap 105

13 The World 115

14 Clues to Progress 129

15 The Art of Cultivating Sympathetic Joy 139

16 A Sane Valentine's Day Wish 149

17 When All You Still Think About Is Sex 159

18 Embracing Change 169

19 The Way 179

20 Fear, Worry, and Shame 187

21 Tenacity 197

22 Relax, My Darling 203

23 Living Your Life as a True Master 213

24 On Community 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    Good Introduction to Buddhism, Good Advice

    This book helped me through a terrible time in my life. Geri Larkin has a frank and sometimes humerous way of looking at life from all angles. She doesn't pull her punches, but neither does she preach. This book is full of good advice, even for people not interested in Buddhism. For those who are, I highly recommend this and all of Geri's other titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    For the American discovering the Buddhist Path

    It's said that Buddhism changes each land it enters and each land changes Buddhism. Geri Larkin's books are the living history as this rich tradition, philoshophy, and way of life become a part of the American heart. Start here, today, with the heartfelt thoughts and passions of an American woman as she starts down the path to love all beings, including ex-husbands and cranky customers. You'll find a friend.

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