Engaged Spiritual Life A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World

ISBN-10: 0807077259
ISBN-13: 9780807077252
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 10/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

By the time Donald Rothberg was in his early twenties, he knew he had two vocations. He wanted to dedicate himself to justice and social change, and he wanted to commit himself to exploring the depths of human consciousness-to an awakening of our deeper spiritual nature. It has been his life"s work, as an activist, organizer, writer, and teacher, to bring these two paths together and to reveal how deeply they require one another. The Engaged Spiritual Life is the fruit of this work. Skillfully weaving together basic spiritual teachings, real-life examples, social context, and exercises, Rothberg provides a clear, thorough, and compelling guide for those interested in connecting inner and outer transformation. At the core of the book are ten spiritual principles and associated practices that will enable readers to engage all the parts of their lives-whether personal, interpersonal, or political-into a seamless whole. "Few have poured their lives into the contemporary movement that is dedicated to recovering Buddhism"s social outreach with as much dedication and effectiveness as Donald Rothberg." -Huston Smith, author of The World"s Religions Donald Rothberg is one of the major teachers and writers on socially engaged Buddhism in the United States. He is a meditation teacher on the Spirit Rock Teachers" Council in northern California and has been an organizer, teacher, and board member for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Rothberg also directs the Socially Engaged Spirituality program at the Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. He has published essays in Tricycle, Turning Wheel, and The Journal of Humanistic Psychology among others. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center. He lives in northern California.

Introduction : connecting inner and outer transformation
Establishing the conditions for safety and far : ethical practice
Mindfulness in action
Clarifying and setting intentions
Opening to suffering, opening to compassion
By taking care of myself, I take care of the world
Not knowing but keeping going
Interdependence
Transforming anger
Acting with equanimity
Committed action, non-attachment to outcome
Conclusion : finding our individual directions, discerning our next steps

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