By Noah Levine
Buddha was once a progressive. His perform used to be subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened perspective went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the area, and now they could swap you too.
Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, workouts, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine courses the reader alongside a religious direction that has ended in freedom from agony and has kept lives for 2,500 years. Levine should still be aware of. Buddhist meditation stored him from a lifetime of habit and crime. He went directly to information and educate numerous others the Buddhist approach to freedom, and right here he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher existence.
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Jeff Bridges, Santa Barbara, California BERNIE’S INTRODUCTION All my life I’ve been interested in expressing my truth in ways that almost anyone can understand. A famous Japanese Zen master, Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, said that unless you can explain Zen in words that a fisherman will comprehend, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Some fifty years ago a UCLA professor told me the same thing about applied mathematics. We like to hide from the truth behind foreign-sounding words or mathematical lingo.
This was a very helpful bit of knowledge and very useful in my life. I got into Alan Watts and of course, being a child of the sixties, drugs. Watts came from a Christian background like me—in fact, he was a choirboy—before getting into Buddhism, so he could relate to both Christian and Buddhist mythologies. He also dropped acid and got with the culture of the times, like me. I guess everyone you meet is your guru, teaching you something. But it’s like you say, if I want to get to another shore, and another one after that, I change the boat, the oars, and also the people I hang with.
Keep on trucking. We say that life flows, but we’re always choosing the vessels and the means of propulsion that we want for the next part of the trip. That includes people, too. The people who’ve had an impact on our lives are also in some way vessels that take us to the other shore. As we aim for a new destination, we often choose new company. JEFF: Different people have had a strong spiritual impact on me at different times in my life. From the beginning, my mother used to pass around the Daily Word, which was my basic spiritual training when I was growing up.
Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries by Noah Levine