Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path . In It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, Sylvia Boorstein, a California-based teacher of Vipassana meditation, weaves together teachings. It’s Easier Than You Think The Buddhist Way to Happiness. By Sylvia Boorstein. A relaxed, down-to-earth primer on Buddhism.
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This is the third book that I read by Sylvia Boorstein.
Not a good read. Dylvia presence emanates from every page: It means we should act carefully. She answered in 10 seconds.
View all 6 comments. This is a gentle introduction to Buddhism, discussing the basics in the context of many anecdotes of the author and people she knows. When people begin to see that anger, like any other mind energy, is just a transient phenomenon and therefore workable, they are very relieved [p.
It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein
Excellent insight into basic Buddhist principles for beginners and the dim-witted. She tries to counter this reputation, suggesting that it’s possible to be very passionate and joyful but also peaceful. Becoming a meditator doesn’t mean stopping the ripples all the time. Feb 24, lynn rated it it was amazing. Really what I appreciate about the book is the attitude that spiritual living is boosrtein pretty plain. However, as it says on the front, it generally does not stray from the ‘path to happiness’, so maybe if you are interested in the deepest realms of Buddhism, it might not be your cup of tea.
Quoting her description of the mind during meditation: The Buddhist Way to Happiness. When I am delighted, which is often, I am ecstatic. This is boortein great book about spirituality with a very down to earth and friendly tone.
May 31, Harley rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is about her journey, and she is providing a pathway for others, but her path doesn’t work for me. Mar 20, Scout Stirling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mary is a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and at the time of our visit was living in a wonderful, huge convent that had for many years served as the mother house of her order.
Return to Book Page. Trivia About It’s Easier Than I don’t want to be an enlightened monk who never suffers. I found this a little encouraging but mostly unpersuasive. While thinl author does often speak in terms of ending suffering, she did at one point offer an approach that I liked better: I think this sounds too ambitious This is a gentle introduction to Buddhism, discussing the basics in the context of many anecdotes of the author thinl people she knows.
The author applies these concepts to her personal experiences to explain them more fully to the reader. The most wholesome book to ever grace my soul. I never “get” it, it’s never “finished. Her willingness to admit to still learning and practice is helpful and hopeful. Mary had spoken to me about how formidable passing through those big doors had been for her thirty years earlier when she had entered as a novice.
This is a very small book, organized into topics of a couple of pages.
If suffering is what happens when we sylvoa with our experience because of our inability to accept it, then suffering is an optional extra [p. Obviously, not rocket science.
It’s easier than you think.
It means to see it clearly, always, and work with it wisely [p. Her approach is valuable for new and experienced meditators alike, for no matter how long we have been practicing, we find we need this kind of support.
She writes with humor and humility. Jul 01, Linda Hollingsworth rated it it was amazing. She did practice her own advice tban the interview. Had to buy it to have on hand to re-read. Either I can do something or I can’t. Sep 15, Anne-Marie rated it really liked it. I’m already missing Boorstein’s voice! Return to Book Page. The stories just aren’t that good.
This is the second time I have read this book. Blorstein a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Suffering is not inevitable. I suppose that’s why we speak of spiritual “practice”-it’s like exercise. Rage becomes, for them, the habitual response of the mind to unpleasant situations.