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Why Is the Buddha Smiling?: Mindfulness as a Means of Bringing Calm and Insight to Your Life [Hardcover]

Mark Magill
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Aug 2003
This text offers readers the chance to explore ways of bringing clarity and insight to their everyday lives using the Buddhist principle of mindfulness. Mindfulness involves a re-examination of every aspect of life, from our relationships with ourselves and others to our behaviour and thought patterns in every situation - the workplace, at home and in the outdoors - in a way that shows us things clearly as they are and frees us from habitual reactions. The book includes exercises and practices that should help readers to live life with awareness of the present moment and to increase their connection with life. This awareness offers freedom from the grip of negative emotions, which lead to suffering. Mindfulness helps to steady, stabilize and strengthen the power of our attention and increases our "centre of gravity" so we are less easily distracted. In learning this practice, we will realize that the Buddha is smiling because he has discovered that there is a path to freedom from suffering. The path begins with mindfulness and it is open to everyone.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (MA); First Printing edition (Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592330193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592330195
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,058,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is the Buddha Smiling 29 Sep 2003
This book certainly made me smile!! Now I know why the Buddha is smiling and that made me smile even more. A very light hearted, often amusing book. Easy to read and full of insight. I found the content of this book usable in everyday life, sensible and practical. Mark Magill writes in a conversational style, describing his own trials and tribulations with the spiritual path with honesty and humour. This is a book that has inspired me to enquire further into Buddism and a book that I am finding I can read and refer to over and over again.
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