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Living as a River [Kindle Edition]

Bodhipaksa
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To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.

An interesting, lively, and genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma.
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“An interesting, lively, and genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

“At a time when it's increasingly challenging to find clear and honest direction on the spiritual path, Living as a River offers contemporary insight into an ancient practice and wise counsel we can trust. This book is both beautifully written and useful to all serious seekers.”
—Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path and Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self-the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of:

  • A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical body
  • Profound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universe
  • Freedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identity
  • The relaxed experience of “consciousness, pure and bright”

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1174 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XV65C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bodhipaksa was born in Scotland and currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He holds a master's degree in Buddhism and business from the University of Montana, and a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Glasgow.

He is a Buddhist teacher and author. He has been practicing meditation since 1982, and has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1993. Bodhipaksa teaches at Aryaloka, his local Buddhist center. He is the founder of Wildmind, which is an online meditation resource, a pubisher of guided meditation CDs, and a meditation center offering online instruction. He has a passion for finding ways to harness new technlogies for the teaching of meditation

His books for Windhorse include 'Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation' (Windhorse, 2010), and 'Vegetarianism: A Buddhist View' (Windhorse, 2009). He has also published several audio books.

You can follow Bodhipaksa on Twitter, become a fan of his page on Facebook, or circle him on Google+.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful insights and wise counsel 30 Mar 2011
By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Bodhipaksa (born Graeme Stephen in Scotland) says most of us fear thinking about impermanence and change. However our appreciation of life is enhanced rather than diminished when we experience the fragility of existence. His book "Living as a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change" is both an empowering guide and a meditative practice to manage our terror in a world of change.
Bodhipaksa says we think this thing called "self" is separate and permanent. To minimize fear we imagine ourselves as small islands of stability in the river of life. To find something unchanging and reliable we might cling to an ideology, a religious identity, a sense of belonging, a group, a nation, status, material possessions, approval, power or pleasure. It turns out these are not strategies for finding happiness, peace and security. They mostly impoverish and don't deliver the goods.
The solution says Bodhipaksa is to change the way we see ourselves. We are not separate. Like an eddy in a stream we appear to be separate but we are nothing more than a mass of eddies in other currents. We exist as the sum total of our relationships with a vast web of interconnected processes. Each of us is an ever-moving flow of matter and consciousness. Ninety percent of our body's cells are bacterial rather than human. Our entire physical being is made of material that was borrowed and will be returned to the outside world. Plants, animals, soil and rocks are made from material that was formerly part of our bodies. We could not have a conscious self without having encountered other conscious selves. Disconnected from the cycles of nature we believe we are one thing and nature another.
Bodhipaksa suggests rather than managing fear by clinging we must walk towards it and learn to let it go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful book 22 July 2011
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This is a wonderful book, clearly written combining Buddhist teachings with modern scientific illustrations. I am a practising Buddhist with some understanding of the teachings of the Dharma but often not with deep and lasting insight. This book has helped me look at the teachings again in a fresh,clear way that I find easy to read and then reflect upon. For those unfamiliar with Buddhist teachings this may be a more difficult read but it may make you want to explore more. Hightly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing ! 13 Feb 2012
By Pete
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This book pulls the rug from under your feet! After reading this little diamond I feel like my perception of the world has turned upside down.As you go through the book you might witness angry,anxious & confusing thoughts arising in your mind and that's a great sign.Because you start to question your core beliefs !!! I feel comfortable now facing death,change,impermanence & trying out new activities.I read books by Osho,Tolle,Zen masters but this one changed everything forever...
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Casting the river as a metaphor for ever-changing reality is inspired. Not only is this book well-written, but it is up-to-date in a scientific sense, as well as being a thorough introduction to this deeply insightful and ancient meditation practice. It helps us to see through the sense of separation that we often experience, and which causes us suffering and fear, and to find a real feeling of connectedness to the universe.
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