By Karen Armstrong
With such bestsellers as A background of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has continually added "penetrating, readable, and prescient" (The big apple Times) works that experience lucidly engaged a variety of religions and non secular concerns. In Buddha she turns to a determine whose inspiration remains to be reverberating in the course of the global 2,500 years after his death.
Many comprehend the Buddha merely from seeing numerous serene, iconic photos. yet what of the fellow himself and the area he lived in? What did he really do in his approximately 80 years in the world that spawned one of many maximum religions in global historical past? Armstrong tackles those questions and extra via studying the lifestyles and occasions of the Buddha during this engrossing philosophical biography. opposed to the tumultuous cultural history of his global, she blends heritage, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a guy whose awakening maintains to motivate thousands.
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At one level, we feel as if there were a substantially existent, self-sufficient person. ” However, through meditation, when you begin to perceive the absence of such a self-sufficient, substantial person, you gradually begin to release the strong grip of your clinging toward friends and possessions. With this technique, you overcome strong and afflictive attachments by loosening your grip on your own fixed identity as a subject. This has a definitely liberating effect. Nevertheless, since this approach still leaves intact your apprehension of external objects as possessing an objective, intrinsic identity, subtle levels of attachment based on this apprehension also remain untouched.
In retrospect, however, this delay has had a significant consequences in that when I finally had the time to work on the book, I was in a better position to appreciate the subtleties of many important English philosophical terms. For this, I am deeply grateful to the Inlaks Foundation, London, and my friends Geoff Jukes, Morna White, and Isabelle White, whose generosity made it possible for me to study at Cambridge. In this book, I have attempted to adopt a style of translation that reflects, as faithfully as possible, His Holiness’s thoughts as if he were expressing them in English.
From early morning until I go to bed and in all situations of life, I always try to check my motivation and be mindful and present in the moment. Personally, I find this to be very helpful in my own life. Over the three days we spend together, I shall be discussing various methods that we can employ as tools to examine ourselves, enabling us to embark upon a path of self-discovery and development. Taking your own body and mind as the laboratory, see if you can use these different techniques: that is to say, engage in some thorough-going research on your own mental functioning, and examine the possibility of making some positive changes within yourself.
Buddha by Karen Armstrong