Blessed Relief What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering

ISBN-10: 1594732523

ISBN-13: 9781594732522

Edition: 2008

Authors: Gordon Peerman

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Suffering may well be the most difficult part of life, as Episcopal priest and therapist Dr. Peerman knows first-hand. Based on his conviction that Buddhist teachers have a lot to teach about dealing with suffering, what helps and what doesnt, Peerman takes readers on a lively, even light-hearted, journey through eight Buddhist practices that can bring blessed relief to a wide range of human suffering: Fear / Big Mind; Anxiety / Spacious Awareness; Anger / Kind Awareness; Stress / Beginning Anew; Judging / Dropping the Story; Hurt / Compassion Meditation; Grief / Bowing to the Wound. Peermans experience of coming to Buddhist practice, by way of Thomas Merton and the Trappists, has been evolving over a 25-year time span, but rather than abandon his Christian tradition, Peerman brings the riches he has discovered to his birth community. Peermans writing is warm and down-to-earth, his stories moving and interesting, and his suggested exercises for putting theory into practice, wonderfully useful. This book will especially appeal to Christian audiences interested in the writings of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Introductionp. ix
The Buddha Way and the Christian Wayp. ix
What Helps and What Doesn'tp. xi
Dropping Your Story Linep. xii
Finding Freedomp. xiii
Big Mind, Big Medicinep. 1
Everything Changesp. 1
The Heart of Mindfulnessp. 5
The Weakest Linkp. 7
Small Mind, Big Mindp. 10
Renunciation Practicep. 13
A Refuge from Wordsp. 16
Dropping into Freedomp. 19
Blessed Relief: The Three-Minute Breathing Spacep. 24
The Cry for Helpp. 27
The Why and the What of Sufferingp. 27
An Exit from Hellp. 29
Bearing Sufferingp. 32
The Workp. 36
Clearing the Lensp. 38
The Judging Mind Goes on Retreatp. 41
Blessed Relief: The Workp. 45
Beyond Beliefp. 49
A Happy Accidentp. 49
Spacious Awarenessp. 52
Incline Your Mindp. 55
Who's Talking?p. 57
The Cloud of Unknowingp. 60
Blessed Relief: The Practice of Inquiryp. 63
Quiet Ambitionp. 65
Not Enoughp. 65
Kind Attentionp. 69
Spontaneous Joyp. 72
The Hungry Ghostp. 74
Blessed Relief: The Sacred Breathp. 77
An Instrument of Peacep. 79
Angr-r-r-yp. 79
Self-Soothing: Bringing Attentiveness to Angerp. 81
Self-Defining: Being Willing to Speak Your Truthp. 85
Self-Transcending: Bringing RAIN to Blamep. 91
Blessed Relief: Working with RAINp. 98
Meeting Our Edgesp. 101
"You All Belong"p. 101
The Failed Buddhist Bypassp. 104
Nonviolent Communicationp. 110
May the Circle Be Unbrokenp. 114
Blessed Relief: Nonviolent Communication (NVC)p. 117
Beginning Anewp. 121
Unwrapping the Experiencep. 121
A Place to Beginp. 123
True Intimacyp. 125
Zazen in the Devil's Cauldronp. 129
Blessed Relief: The Practice of Beginning Anewp. 134
The Dharma of Dyingp. 137
Remembrancesp. 137
The Great Wayp. 140
Bowing to the Momentp. 143
Old Woundsp. 147
Blessed Relief: The Five Remembrancesp. 150
Mobile Loaves and Fishesp. 153
Compassion Risingp. 153
Beyond Us and Themp. 157
A Retreat on the Streetsp. 159
Softening the Heartp. 161
Blessed Relief: Compassion Practicep. 166
Afterwordp. 168
Glossaryp. 173
Suggested Resourcesp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 179
Creditsp. 182
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