The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom

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Shambhala Publications, Sep 14, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
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How do we find a resting place in a world that is complex and always changing? How do we practice spirituality beyond the limits of blind acceptance and doubt? Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel proposes that when we ask challenging questions like these, we access our deepest intelligence and most powerful insights. "When we ask a question," she suggests, "our mind is engaged yet open. The process of inquiry protects us from our tendency to reach static conclusions. Instead, we can respond to uncertainty and change with inquisitiveness and a sense of wonder." Her book guides us on a provocative, playful, and spiritually enriching journey of contemplation that could last a lifetime.
 

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This is a short simple sketch of the core Buddhist concept of emptiness. OK, emptiness isn't so much a concept as an insight into what concepts are and how best to work with them. But to make a book ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Personal Koan
7
The Middle Way
13
Exploring the Nature of Self and Other
15
The Buddha and the HotDog Vendor
21
Two Means of Escape
25
Knowing Things
33
No Words for Liberation
39
With All Our Might
63
The Activity of Objectification
69
Unspoken Agreements
73
The Culture of Truth
77
Enjoy the Feast
81
Digesting Experience
87
The Mark of NonCreating
91
The Perfect Teacher
97

The E Word
43
As Big as Our World
45
Fixing and Healing
51
Embracing Complexity
57
Beyond Blindism and Doubtism
105
To Walk by Faith
111
Bibliography
114
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Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel is the wife of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzigar Kongtrül and the editor of two of his books (It’s Up to You and Light Comes Through). She has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for twenty-five years under his guidance and completed years of solitary retreat. As a Buddhist teacher, she leads weekend retreats throughout the United States and Europe.

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