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After years of searching and trying different spiritual practices, the Buddha reached a powerful conclusion: he saw that everything is impermanent and unpredictable, so there is nothing external to himself that he could rely on; and, at the same time, he saw that trying to attain happiness through denying his basic human existence and essential needs would only lead to fixation and confusion. What was the correct path? He couldn't see it. So he continued to consider and investigate the contradiction.
By telling the story of the Buddha's awakening, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel shows us that by contemplating hard questions, and by not simply rejecting seeming contradictions in his experience, the Buddha became enlightened. And this method can lead spiritual seekers to their own answers.
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About the Author

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel is the wife of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzigar Kongtrul and the editor of two of his books (It's Up to You and Light Comes Through). She has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for twenty-five years under his guidance and completed years of solitary retreat. As a Buddhist teacher, she leads weekend retreats throughout the United States and Europe.

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"A bold, playful, and invigorating book about the Buddha's most important and subtle teachings."--Pema Chodron, author of Taking the Leap "The reader will harvest the fruit of Elizabeth's mature humility."--Dzongsar Khyentse, author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist "Elizabeth Namgyel has written a totally accessible book, one which shows tremendous depth of understanding."--Diana J. Mukpo, author of Dragon Thunder "Personal and insightful. Mattis-Namgyel writes with the clarity and grace one hopes for from such a dedicated student of Buddhist tradition."--Library Journal "Mattis-Namgyel understands her Western readers. She reaches out gently to them, with compassion born of twenty-five years of Buddhist practice. She knows the questions that readers need answered. She anticipates the challenges that will arise for them as they attempt to drastically change their mindsets. Reading this book is a beautiful experience on the journey in search of enlightenment."--New Age Retailer "Mattis-Namgyel's book guides us on a provocative, playful, and spiritually-enriching journey of contemplation."--The Messenger "An edifying examination of openness."--Spirituality & Practice A bold, playful, and invigorating book about the Buddha s most important and subtle teachings. Pema Chodron, author of "Taking the Leap " The reader will harvest the fruit of Elizabeth s mature humility. Dzongsar Khyentse, author of "What Makes You Not a Buddhist " Elizabeth Namgyel has written a totally accessible book, one which shows tremendous depth of understanding. Diana J. Mukpo, author of "Dragon Thunder " Personal and insightful. Mattis-Namgyel writes with the clarity and grace one hopes for from such a dedicated student of Buddhist tradition. "Library Journal " Mattis-Namgyel understands her Western readers. She reaches out gently to them, with compassion born of twenty-five years of Buddhist practice. She knows the questions that readers need answered. She anticipates the challenges that will arise for them as they attempt to drastically change their mindsets. Reading this book is a beautiful experience on the journey in search of enlightenment. "New Age Retailer " Mattis-Namgyel s book guides us on a provocative, playful, and spiritually-enriching journey of contemplation. "The Messenger " An edifying examination of openness. "Spirituality & Practice"" """A bold, playful, and invigorating book about the Buddha's most important and subtle teachings."--Pema Chodron, author of "Taking the Leap""The reader will harvest the fruit of Elizabeth's mature humility."--Dzongsar Khyentse, author of "What Makes You Not a Buddhist"

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