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

By Noah Levine

Buddha was once a progressive. His perform used to be 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 area, and now they could swap you too.

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

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For some this is a revelation, a normalizing statement that brings about a great sense of relief. Finally we are being told the truth: life isn’t always easy and pleasant. We already know this to be true, but somehow we tend to go through life thinking that there is something wrong with us when we experience sadness, grief, and physical and emotional pain. The first truth points out that this is just the way it is. There is nothing wrong with you: you have just been born into a realm where pain is a given.

Next we must understand that all things are subject to change, without a permanent self. We tend to take our selves to be our egos, or what some like to call our souls. But the truth is that there is no solid separate or permanent self. The self itself is impermanent. Even in rebirth it is not the self that is reborn, but the karmic momentum. The teachings of karma and reincarnation may seem too mystical or daunting to easily understand and accept. But that is the beauty of Buddhism: you don’t have to accept it or understand it; rather, people are encouraged to investigate it thoroughly and find out for themselves if it is true or not.

Present-time awareness is the experience of knowing what is happening as it happens. The revolution is dependent on the rebel forces being present in mind as well as in body. That is the only way to overthrow the oppression of greed, hatred, and delusion. aga inst the st re a m 42 This sort of awareness takes intentional training of the mind. Our attention is naturally scattered, the mind constantly swinging from present, to future, to past, to fantasy. Even for those who know that present-time awareness is the key to freedom, getting the attention to stay in the present is an extremely difficult practice.

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