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Benedict's Dharma Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict

ISBN-10: 1573229407
ISBN-13: 9781573229401
Edition: N/A
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Editor's Preface
The Trellis
General guidelines for an inner journey
Contemplation can be practiced anyplace
Spiritual motivation changes in the course of practice
To help human goodness grow
Freedom and Forgiveness
Structure, boundary, and freedom
Freedom of not knowing
Freedom in clear awareness
Freedom in an undefended place
The knife needs some place to land
Freedom from guilt
Freedom in the mind's mirror
Freedom and skillful means
The quality of our permeability
Freedom from comparison
Freedom from fear
What does it mean that I have this car?
Urgency and impermanence
Nonattachment
Generosity
Benefit of all
Look at each other and ask for forgiveness
Not easy to enter, not easy to leave
Doubt as a fresh frontier
Vows that can't be kept completely but can be constantly repaired
Transforming spiritual crisis into awakening
Love and emptiness
Discipline and Spontaneity
Something a little more steady and normal in our lives
Discipline requires teacher, practice, community
Discipline overcomes impulse
Discipline becomes natural
Restraint and spontaneity
Why be good?
Impermanence and many lives
The psalms and the million recitations
Discipline beyond what one "can do"
Shopping for yogurt
The proper amount of food and drink
Kitchen work a form of spiritual cultivation
Eating supports spiritual practice
It all depends on motivation
Tradition and Adaptation
Commitments in constantly changing circumstances
Crucible for transformation
Mandala of community
Usual criteria for leadership don't apply
Embodying the spirit of the tradition
Walking a tightrope across a chasm
There is no way not to adapt
How I came to the Dharma
The resistance I faced
A never-ending learning and adapting
The Buddha's flexibility
Monastic similarities
Monastic differences
Teachers cannot teach everything
The paradox of will
God and the Dharma
Humility and adaptability
The monastery wall always permeable
Adjusting asceticism
Encountering differences
Succession and accessibility
Leadership and Humility
An experimental place
Benedict's warmheartedness
A path of self-transcendence
Developing joy and freedom
Contemplation and action
Gentleness and urgency
Getting unstuck
Descend with the view, ascend with the practice
Finding our inheritance
We tend to be too hard on ourselves
The building blocks of compassion
What happens at the summit
Resistance and renunciation
After all, one never knows
Spiritual leadership
Obedience as a skillful means for awakening
No one is up to the task
Nothing beneath attention
Taking care of one's own happiness
Deeds more than words
Just doing a monastic's business
Authority and empowerment
The oddness and usefulness of humility
Not eliminated, but turned
Depth and accuracy
Ladders and bridges
Afterword: Conclusions About a Beginning
Introduction to Saint Benedict's Rule
Saint Benedict's Rule

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