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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: #395,267 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Hurford on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 13 Feb. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kalyanavaca on 15 Aug. 2013
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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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