Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual by Noah Levine

By Noah Levine

Buddha was once a progressive. His perform was once subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened standpoint went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the realm, and now they could switch you too.

Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, routines, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine courses the reader alongside a religious direction that has ended in freedom from anguish and has stored lives for 2,500 years. Levine should still comprehend. Buddhist meditation kept him from a lifetime of dependancy and crime. He went directly to assistance and educate numerous others the Buddhist method to freedom, and right here he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher lifestyles.

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Easier said than done, but possible nonetheless. Having a positive intention is a protection against suffering. Just about every day at his home in Dharamsala in northern India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet, 33 ba sic t r a in ing receives hundreds of Tibetan refugees. They tell him the most gruesome stories of how they were raped and tortured by the Communist Chinese and then walked across the Himalayas to reach him. In many cases some of their relatives died along the way, and most had to leave loved ones behind.

Without intentional mindfulness at this level of experience, we have no choice but to stay stuck in the habits of aversion and clinging, and as a result we float with the current on the stream of unenlightened existence. In other aga inst the st re a m 44 words, paying careful attention to the present moment and our inner relationship to the tone of experience allows us to rebel against the conditioned patterns by simply meeting the unpleasant, the neutral, and the pleasant with acceptance and understanding.

The breath and the body are only the beginning of the mindfulness practice. Once we have established some level of present-time awareness and attention to the physical sensations of the body, we undertake training to bring attention to the feeling tone of the particular experience we are paying attention to. Every single experience has a feeling tone to it—a quality of pleasantness, unpleasantness, or neutrality that we can perceive when we are mindful. An awareness of the experience and its pleasant or unpleasant tone is essential if we are to progress on the path to freedom.

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