By David Michie

ISBN-10: 1559392983

ISBN-13: 9781559392983

What does it take to feel free? We've all requested ourselves this query sooner or later, yet few folks have discovered the trail to lasting achievement. David Michie notion he had completed his life's goals—the high-level activity, the pricy urban house, the luxurious automobile, the nice vacations—but a small voice used to be telling him he wasn't fairly satisfied. an opportunity comment from a naturopath despatched him to his neighborhood Buddhist middle. There he begun crucial trip of his existence.

In this straightforward yet fantastically written booklet, David Michie opens the door to the middle teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he exhibits us how he started to include Buddhist practices into his lifestyle. He explains how he got here to appreciate the adaptation among the transitority pleasures of normal lifestyles and the profound feel of future health and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our internal nature.

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For instance, already in 1964 David Plath, in an important essay on ancestor rites, wrote: In the usual Western views of ancestor worship the ancestors are seen as a kind of deadweight from the past. They are supposed to foster a past-time orient,ation and a solidly conservative stance among the living. This may hold for other societies, but I think it misleading in the Japanese instance, [in which] the ancestors do not demand that life continue exactly as they knew it [but rather] whatever will assure the continuity of the household line.

This, then, is why a close look at how their thinking about abortion took shape is likely to reveal an aperture through which to take a deeper look into Japanese society as well. Chapter 2 A WORLD OF WATER AND WORDS The life-force of the world ... is water, and the Nummo Pair are present in all water; they are water, the water of the seas, of coasts, of torrents, of storms, and of the spoonfuls we drink. (From a myth of the Dogon of Africa, in Marcel Griaule, Conversations with OgotemmeJi) LIFE'S DEFINITION I F ONLY we could define "life"; then most things, we often feel, would begin to fall into place.

Fire sermons, a distaste for myths about fecund waters, a dissociation of "right" religion from anything having to do with sexuality and reproductivity-these were all constitutive of the Buddhism that is often thought to have been "original" or, at least, constitutive of the early stage. 20 CHAPTER 2 But things did not stop there. Buddhism, as it moved through time and across cultural borders, grew beyond this early form. not monks. Life without sexual activity and reproduction may have been a goal pursued by an elite cadre of monks, but it was neither acceptable nor viable for the larger community of Buddhist laypersons who-supported them, people who held the hope that in some future life they might personally make the crucial ritual step of household departure and entry into monkhood.

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