Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

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by Geri Larkin
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307808134
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,151,525
File size:
2 MB

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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