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Awakening my Heart: Essays, Articles and Interviews on the Buddhist Life

Awakening my Heart: Essays, Articles and Interviews on the Buddhist Life

by Andrea Miller


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From Andrea Miller — an editor and staff writer at Lion's Roar, the leading Buddhist magazine in the English-speaking world — comes a diverse and timeless collection of essays, articles, and interviews. Miller, whose writing is by turns earnest and irreverent, unadorned and lyrical, talks to Buddhist teachers, thinkers, writers, and celebrities about the things that matter most and she frames their wisdom with her own lived experience.

In Awakening My Heart, we hear Tina Turner on the power of song, Ram Dass on the importance of service, Jane Goodall on the compassion that exists in the natural world, and Robert Jay Lifton on the darkest deeds of humanity — and how to prevent such things from ever happening again. Moreover, Miller — with her gently probing questions — gets to the bottom of the friendship between Zen master Bernie Glassman and Hollywood's Jeff Bridges and she takes a playful look at the difference between Michael Imperioli, the serious Buddhist practitioner, and the unhinged mobster character he played in The Sopranos.

Insight teacher Gina Sharpe coaches Miller on how to start facing the racism that exists even in the most liberal communities, while Robert Waldinger, a Zen priest and the leader of the world's longest running study of human happiness, teaches her the key to being truly happy. Miller also brings the wisdom of a thirteenth-century Zen text into her very own galley kitchen and takes a look at animals through a quirky dharma lens. Finally, she goes on retreat with two of the world's most beloved contemporary Buddhist teachers, Pema Chödrön and Thich Nhat Hanh, and travels to India to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha himself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988286884
Publisher: Pottersfield Press
Publication date: 04/20/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,137,834
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrea Miller has been an editor and staff writer at Lion's Roar magazine (formerly called the Shambhala Sun) since 2006. She's also the editor of three anthologies: Right Here with You, Buddha's Daughters, and All the Rage as well as two children's books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

The Dude and the Zen Master 14

The Bromance of Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Pure Fiction 27

Susan Dunlap, Cary Groner, and Kim Stanley Robinson - Three Buddhist-Inspired Novelists

The Buddha Was Here 38

On Pilgrimage in India

For Love of Nature 48

A Q&A with Jane Goodall

The Wanderer 53

A Profile of Mingyur Rinpoche

There Is a Path that Frees Us from Suffering 64

A Profile of Gina Sharpe

Right from the Beginning 74

A Q&A with Raffi

Does My Dog Have Buddhanature? 79

Exploring the Dharma of Dogs

Wise Guy 83

A Profile of Michael Imperioli

What's Love Got To Do With It? 93

A Q&A with Tina Turner

Four Keys to Waking Up 102

On Retreat with Pema Chödrön

Steel, Roses, & Slave Ships 113

Miya Ando, Sanford Biggers, and Chrysanne Stathacos - Three Artists Drawing on Buddhist Wisdom

Wisdom of the Rebels 120

A Q&A with Tom Robbins

Buddha's Birds 128

From the Swan Siddhartha Nursed as a Boy to the Fantastical Garuda

Matthieu Ricard's Journey to Compassion 136

A Profile of Matthieu Ricard

Be Love Now 144

A Q&A with Ram Dass

Instructions for the Home Cook 148

Dogen & My Galley Kitchen

Love - It's What Really Makes Us Happy 152

A Profile of Robert Waldinger

Finding Light in the Darkness 160

A Q&A with Robert Jay Lifton

Deer to the Heart 165

Why the Deer Listened to the Buddha 165

Feminine Principal 172

Trudy Goodman, Pat Enkyo O'Hara, and Palden Drolma - Three Women Buddhist Teachers

Any Last Thoughts? 183

A Q&A with Simon Critchley

Awakening My Heart 188

My First Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh

In the Country of the Present Moment 197

My Second Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh

The Tears I Shed Yesterday Have Become Rain 212

My Third Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh

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