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Challenging Times: Stories of Buddhist Practice When Things Get Tough (What Buddhism Can Offer) Paperback – 20 Jun 2006
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Forgiving your sister's murderer, meditating at Auschwitz, coming to terms with your parent's disintegration, facing illness or chronic pain - can we see the many faces of suffering as opportunities to turn towards our fears and soften our hearts? All the writers in the book have needed to ask themselves that question. They describe what can happen when we stop complaining or distracting ourselves from our suffering and face it directly. What we can gain includes joy, forgiveness, compassion, contentment, courage and a greater connection with other people. The practice of turning towards experience - whatever shape it takes - is what the moving personal stories in "Challenging Times" are all about.
About the Author
Vishvapani, as practicing Buddhist for over 25 years, is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on topics about Buddhism and meditation. He has been involved in various institutional aspects of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and has recently completed a 9-year period as editor of Dharma Life magazine. He currently works as freelance writer.
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The collection of articles and profiles from Dharma Life Magazine are all accounts of how people have brought their practice of Buddhism to their everyday situations and difficulties.
The stories ranging from living on Death Row to the life of a professional Poker Player all illustrate the living spirit of the Dharma in the world.