The Lotus Still Blooms: Sacred Buddhist Teachings for the Western Mind

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Penguin, Aug 14, 2008 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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The Lotus Still Blooms is the ideal book for every reader who would like to understand Buddhist principles, but doesn’t know where to start. Eastern wisdom traditions are often baffling for Western minds – where to begin in uncovering the often complicated steps, precepts, concepts and ideas? Aimed at people who are curious about Buddhism and want a basic book that will help them to understand – and apply – Buddhist principles in their life, The Lotus Still Blooms is a practical book that goes through all of the major Buddhist principles, step-by-step, and then shows how to apply them to our busy, hectic lives. Filled with Joan Gattuso’s trademark delightful stories and warmth, as well as exercises to help readers begin using the principles right away, this is a book that will be a welcomed new introduction to this exciting spiritual tradition.
 

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Contents

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION EXERCISE
TONGLEN MEDITATION
Falling Leaves
Walking Meditation
LOVE
COMPASSION
EQUANIMITY
THE FIVE AGGREGATES
THE ANTIDOTE
AFFIRMATIONS MANTRAS
IMPERMANENCE
NONSELF
NIRVANA
GENEROSITY THE FIRST PERFECTION
MINDFULNESS THE SECOND PERFECTION
INCLUSIVENESS THE THIRD PERFECTION

THREE FILTERS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
FIVE AGGREGATES EXERCISES
MEDITATION THE FIFTH PERFECTION
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Bestselling author Joan Gattuso brings deep, personal insight to all her writing. Her in-depth studies with His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given her the necessary background for her unique look at Tibetan Buddhism. She is the author of the bestselling A Course in Love and A Course in Life, both of which have been translated into several languages. Also a dynamic speaker, she is a Unity minister in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her spiritual path has taken her around the world to study with renowned spiritual leaders. She lives in Ohio with her husband David Alexander.

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