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Sharon Salzberg has been practicing and studying Buddhism for more than thirty years. Now a renowned spiritual leader and meditation instructor, she has trained with some of the foremost masters of India, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. She is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, a center devoted to meditation training, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts, both of which serve a community of more than 20,000. She is a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine and the author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.
Current world events show that we need to find fresh ways to think about faith. Just at the right moment, Buddhist teacher Salzberg (Lovingkindness) offers a deeply personal and luminously honest work that makes faith relevant to us all. Unyoking faith from its usual association of adherence to systems of belief (and even the belief that we have no faith), she allows it to be a verb, an act of offering and affirmation that can heal and enlarge our lives. "Faith is the animation of the heart that says, `I choose life,' " she writes. "This spark of faith is ignited the moment we think, `I'm going to go for it. I'm going to try.' " In 1970, as a shy, 18-year-old college student, Salzberg recounts, she decided to travel to India to learn to meditate. She had lived cocooned in sadness since her mother died when she was young, until a course in Buddhism sparked the intuition that life held possibilities that could make her future different than her past. She went for it. In the rich stories that follow, Salzberg describes how that first flare of faith ignited the next, how a path appeared step by step, light by light, as she encountered teachers and friends and, finally, her own innate wisdom and compassion. True faith, according to Salzberg, is the action of the heart opening to admit life in all its unknown potential. It does not need to constrict around a particular belief or view, because it flows from an inner sense of reality, "a homing instinct for freedom." Salzberg shows that, in its essence, faith is a love of life that breaks out as it is exposed to real forces. Truth feeds faith. This is a work of great truth and great heart. It will help everyone who reads it. 10-city author tour; British rights to Thorsons; first serial to O magazine and Modern Maturity. (Aug). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Moving...wise and clear." -- Boston Globe "The best book about faith we have read." -- Spirituality and Health