Wide Awake: Buddhism for the New Generation

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Many of today's teenagers are tired of the pressure to compete and consume-and are looking for a different way to live their lives. This book offers an alternative: the 2,500-year old practice of Buddhism.

Written in a style that will have immediate appeal to young "seekers" and those wanting to understand the ancient teachings, this book addresses such relevant topics as peer pressure, emotional difficulties, stress, fostering peace, and even protecting the environment. For ...

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Overview

Many of today's teenagers are tired of the pressure to compete and consume-and are looking for a different way to live their lives. This book offers an alternative: the 2,500-year old practice of Buddhism.

Written in a style that will have immediate appeal to young "seekers" and those wanting to understand the ancient teachings, this book addresses such relevant topics as peer pressure, emotional difficulties, stress, fostering peace, and even protecting the environment. For everyone looking for self-help, self-esteem, and self-awareness, this book offers advice on:

•Discovering truth in a world of hype

•Finding peace amid the ups and downs of life

•Accepting ourselves

•Working with difficult emotions

•How to meditate

•Dealing with temptations and making the right decisions about sex and drugs

•Advice on volunteering, working for peace, and protecting the environment

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the recent trends in Buddhist publishing has been a subtle generation shift: we are now seeing second-generation Buddhists' memoirs as well as introductory books for teenagers and young adults. Into this latter category falls Diana Winston's Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, a well-written and basic primer for Gen-Ys who are asking Big Questions. Introducing concepts such as meditation, enlightenment, metta (lovingkindness), karma, the four noble truths and the eight worldly conditions, Winston writes accessibly but doesn't try overly hard to sound cool or relevant. Teens will appreciate the way she gives the dharma to them straight, while many adults will also benefit from this lucid manual. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399528972
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 290,593
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Winston is a fromer Buddhist nun who has been teaching meditation to teenagers in the U.S. and India since 1993. She is also the founder of BASE (Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement), the nation's first urban Buddhist Peace Corps, and currently serves as associate director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley, CA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction: Riding the roller coaster 1
Part 1 Starting out on our journey
1 Who was the buddha? 11
2 Trust your direct experience: The kalama sutta 21
3 What is being awake? 30
4 Dropping the banana: The four noble truths 44
5 Mosquitoes, equanimity and the eight worldly conditions 57
Part 2 Learning to meditate
6 Getting down to it: Meditation instruction 71
7 The cloudy sky: Hindrances to meditation 91
8 Turnaround time: Working with strong emotions 108
Part 3 Surfacing our inner goodness
9 From self-judgment ... 123
10 ... To being ourselves 136
11 Metta is lovingkindness, a natural joy 146
Part 4 How do we live our lives?
12 It must be karma 161
13 Five precepts for living 172
14 Sex 189
15 Wise speech 201
16 Protecting our bodies and minds: Working with intoxicants 215
Part 5 Out in the world
17 Walking down the path with others 229
18 What comes next? finding right livelihood 240
19 Don't just sit there, do something!: Socially engaged buddhism 253
20 Epilogue: Commitment 269
Appendices
Glossary 275
Suggested readings 279
Practice centers 281
Index 283
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    A helping hand in a hectic wold...

    I ordered this book from b&n when I was looking into buddhism..as a teen in todays world it's hard to finf your center and your way....struggling with self injury and being bipolar I was looking for somthing more something much more meaningful to me...I found it in the book it really helped my on my spiritual path it helped me really see and understand myself. It's not one of those books that try and convert you that's not what the religion or the book is about you it's about encouraging you to question things and find the truth that works for you...your truth. I recently converted from catholocism (sp?) to buddhism and this book really helped me. It explained things in an easy way things that other books took chapters to explain she explainex in only one and in a way I could relate. I highly reccomend it!! See for yourself!! In this fast pace hectic world sometimes you need somthing more something to help and this book helped me maybe it can help you?!?!? I hope this review helped ~Rikku_lmv

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