Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience Hardcover – 4 Aug 2003
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‘Gripping lyricism, sparkling intelligence, and remarkable candour.’ Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
‘Sharon Salzberg is a great teacher, and this book is full of wisdom – a knowledge that is earned honestly and rendered vividly throguh wonderful and revealing stories. I will keep this book at my side for years.’ Susan Griffin, author of A Chorus of Stones
‘Brilliant and deeply moving. Sharon Salzberg celebrates the dynamic capacity in us all to movebeyond the cage of our suffering to freedom. Faith is a book for anyone who has ever dreamed of facing the unknown with confidence and choosing life.’ Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
‘Tender, touching and tough, Sharon Salzberg’s Faith is also achingly beautiful. It is a work of effortless grace and faultless intelligence.’ Mark Epstein, author of Thoughts Without A Thinker
‘Sharon Salzberg sets out to reclaim faith as fresh, vibrant, intelligent, and liberating. She succeeds brilliantly.’ Brother David Steindl-Rast, co-author of The Ground We Share
About the Author
Sharon Salzberg has been practising and studying Buddhism for more than thirty years. Now a renowned meditation instructor, she trained with Buddhist masters in India, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and many other countries. She is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, a centre dedicated to meditation training, and the Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. The bestselling author of Lovingkindness: the Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Salzberg lives in New York City and Massachusetts.
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"Faith" is a word so abused in our times. If you regard faith as mere wishful thinking, rigid ideology, a divisive divine favor bestowed upon an elite few, or (to paraphrase Mark Twain) deciding to believe what you know ain't true, then prepare to shed those lack luster preconceptions.
This is Sharon's personal story. Her losses, her pain, her awakenings, her love and richly earned peace. When I took a workshop on faith with Sharon two years ago, I found her to be warm, candid, and down to earth. These splendid qualities radiate from every page of "Faith." She is a natural teacher, and this book teaches so much.
So, what is "faith?" Open to the present moment, clinging neither to pain nor pleasure, entrust yourself to the boundless compassion that lies at the heart of your spiritual center. Trust what you know about unconditional love, what your own experience teaches you when you do not flinch from it, but compassionately embrace it. And discover through clarity and compassion your interdependent connections with all beings.
Am I close, Sharon? :-)
Namu Amida Butsu... may you be well and happy, and may all of you read this lustrous book.
In the book Salzberg discusses her painful youth; she lost her mother very early on and her father was mentally ill. In 1968, Sharon came across Buddhism in a course on Asian philosophy, where she learned of the teachings of the Lord Buddha. She remembers feeling instantly drawn to his messages, in particular the Four Noble Truths. A few years later she was in India at Bodh Gaya doing her first meditative retreat. From that point on for a number of years, Sharon studied with teachers in Burma, Tibet, and India; experiences that ultimately affected her view on just what faith truly means in her life.
This book is the absolute best out there on the subject of faith, and I say that for people of any religion. Salzberg relies on both her years of experience and impressive array of teachers that always challenged her in bringing us this magnificent book.
Salzberg: "Faith is the ability to offer our heart to the truth of what is happening, to see our experience as the embodiment of life's mystery, the present expression of possibility, the conduit connecting us to a bigger reality."