Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

by Ellen Korman Mains

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Overview

Triple Award Winner including: 2018 SILVER NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD and 2019 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BRONZE MEDAL for Memoir, and 2019 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD FINALIST for Spirituality

To the chagrin of her Holocaust survivor parents, the author chose a Buddhist path at the age of 19. More than three decades later, she felt the presence of spirits who had perished in the Holocaust. Their question, "How can you still believe in basic goodness?" sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to find the answer. In 2006, she began traveling to Poland, the Holocaust's largest graveyard, to connect past and present, and to reconcile a cosmic wound with basic goodness. Would years of Buddhist meditation prove helpful to her family lineage instead of being a betrayal?

Beyond recovering a lost family history, Buried Rivers reveals powerful connections between spirituality and trauma, and intimately explores family loyalties, crossing religious boundaries, and the invisible blessings of ancestors. With unflinching honesty channeled through a poetic spirit, this riveting page-turner reveals how healing, magic, and life itself can transform fear and open our hearts despite unimaginable suffering. Braided within the memoir is the original Auschwitz survivor account by the author's uncle before his death.

". . . provides a fresh take not only on the Holocaust, but also the proper response to the seemingly inerasable stain left by profound anguish . . . A moving and original contribution to an inexhaustible body of literature." --Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641840170
Publisher: West Lake Books
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 615,314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Ellen Korman Mains was trained by the late Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has taught and led meditation retreats in North America and Europe. A former instructor of the Japanese art of Kyudo (Zen Archery) at Naropa University, she is devoted to exploring the universality of spiritual principles and guiding individuals in cultivating compassionate self-awareness. Born and educated in Montreal, she spends the majority of her time in Boulder, Colorado, but travels frequently to Poland to engage with her personal family history while forging new friendships, teaching, and promoting dialog.

Richard Reoch has devoted his working life to the international defense of human rights, peace, and environmental protection. He is the former president of Shambhala, the worldwide community dedicated to the Buddha's teachings on enlightened society.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Author's Note to Readers

1. Touched

2. Skeleton Tracings

3. The Message

4. A History of Death

5. Cult vs. Kin

6. Cosmic Sadness

7. First Days in Poland

8. City of Ancestors

9. Why the Jews?

10. Electrical Storm

11. The Island and the Mainland

12. The Fever Breaks

13. The Language of Survival

14. Babel

15. Not Knowing

16. I Will Shoot You

17. Shinto Meets Ghetto

18. Touching Bottom

19. Orphan Claimed

20. Final Exams

21. Commemorations

22. Return

23. Gods and Doctors

24. Timely Journey

25. Ground Zero

26. Pigs and Fishes

27. Repairing the Future

28. House 303

29. Fertile Chaos

30. More than a Name

31. Falling from Grace

32. Wandering Jew

33. Bearing Witness

34. The Joining

35. Angels in Disguise

Selected Bibliography

About the Author

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