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Book Title: It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness|
The author of the book: Sylvia Boorstein
ISBN 13: 9780062512932
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The size of the: 35.85 MB
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Date of issue: December 31st 1995
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If I could remember everything I read in this little book, I would be well on my way to being enlightened. But I forget so quickly. I suppose that's why we speak of spiritual "practice"-it's like exercise. I never "get" it, it's never "finished." And that's a good thing.
It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein is a clear, brief guide to Buddhist practice. Boorstein's presence emanates from every page: warm, passionate, compassionate. Funny. Loving. And above all, human. Not perfect & astonishingly ok with that. (Of course, the ways in which she and I are "not perfect" don't bear comparing-but then, comparison is a useless activity anyway). The book consists of short chapters, sometimes less than a page, rarely more than two that explain or-more often-illustrate a Buddhist concept. Mostly (which I love) through personal experiences, anecdotes. It's like listening to a gentle voice help you along a dark road.
Along with the stories are wonderful nuggets, phrases, that vividly capture a concept or experience. I love the idea that we are "verbs not nouns;" "stories that are telling themselves." I love her talk of "magic keys"- she writes that treasuring the moment of a happy memory because it is the key to love and "when I love, I'm happy."
It reminds me of one of my favorite statements in the Catholic Mass where we pray to be free of sin "which makes us all unhappy." Not a judgment but an opportunity to be free and happy.
And it is the ultimate experience of this book to hear, in a very undramatic, practical voice, that it is easier to love everyone then remember a few and that "ardent loving wishes for others erases personal fear."
Now I think I'll go read the book again. I'm already missing Boorstein's voice!
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