The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World

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Beacon Press #ad - He wanted to dedicate himself to justice and social change, and he wanted to commit himself to exploring the depths of human consciousness-to an awakening of our deeper spiritual nature. At the core of the book are ten spiritual principles and associated practices that will enable readers to engage all the parts of their lives-whether personal, interpersonal, or political-into a seamless whole.

It has been his life's work, as an activist, and teacher, organizer, writer, to bring these two paths together and to reveal how deeply they require one another. The engaged spiritual Life is the fruit of this work. By the time donald Rothberg was in his early twenties, he knew he had two vocations. Skillfully weaving together basic spiritual teachings, real-life examples, social context, and exercises, Rothberg provides a clear, thorough, and compelling guide for those interested in connecting inner and outer transformation.

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Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

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Shambhala #ad - Thus through the practice of the brahma viharas we can become participants in the healing and liberation of our world. Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life but also the path to it: attitudes of mind that can be cultivated by anyone willing to set the intention for doing so.

. If we pursue them sincerely as spiritual practice, complementing and enhancing each other, they work together, to lead us to the kind of awakening that we are compelled to share with others. A course in the buddhist practice of the brahma viharas, or "heavenly abodes. Detailed instructions from the Buddhist tradition in cultivating mindfulness presented by a prominent Insight Meditation teacher.

Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity #ad - Christina feldman shows how these ennobling qualities—known in Buddhism as the brahma viharas sublime abodes or the Four Immeasurables—are far more than simply the “feel-good” states they are sometimes mistaken for.

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Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation

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Windhorse Publications Ltd #ad - Exploring the meditative practices of compassion and emptiness, Analayo' casts fresh light on their earliest sources in the Buddhist tradition. 17th karmapa ogyen trinley dorje"arising from the author's long-term, dedicated practice and study, this book provides a window into the depth and beauty of the Buddha's liberating teachings.

. Serious meditation students will benefit tremendously from the clarity of understanding that Venerable Analayo's efforts have achieved. Sharon salzberg"in this study, venerable analayo' brings a meticulous textual analysis of Pali texts, the Chinese Agamas and related material from Sanskrit and Tibetan to the foundational topics of compassion and emptiness.

Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation #ad - At present analayo' is a professor of Buddhist studies at the Sri Lanka International Academy in Pallekele. This book is the result of rigorous textual scholarship that can be valued not only by the academic community, but also by Buddhist practitioners. This book serves as an important bridge between those who wish to learn about Buddhist thought and practice and those who wish to learn from it.

. As a monk engaging himself in buddhist meditation as well as a professor applying a historical-critical methodology, Bhikkhu Analayo' is well positioned to bridge these two communities.

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Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: The Heart of Helping

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Oxford University Press #ad - Eminently practical, mindfulness, forgiveness, such as meditation, it guides professionals in understanding and assessing spiritual development and related mental health issues and outlines techniques that support transformation and resilience, ritual, and engagement of individual and community-based spiritual support systems.

For social workers and other professional helpers committed to supporting the spiritual care of individuals, and communities, families, this definitive guide offers state-of-the-art interdisciplinary and international insights as well as practical tools that students and practitioners alike can put to immediate use.

Using richly detailed case examples and thought-provoking activities, this highly accessible text illustrates the professional values and ethical principles that guide spiritually sensitive practice. This revised and expanded edition of a classic provides a comprehensive framework of values, skills, knowledge, and evidence for spiritually sensitive practice with diverse clients.

Weaving together interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as the results from a national survey of practitioners, the authors describe a spiritually oriented model for practice that places clients' challenges and goals within the context of their deepest meanings and highest aspirations. Many of the people served by social workers draw upon spirituality, to help them thrive, to succeed at challenges, by whatever names they call it, and to infuse their resources and relationships with meaning beyond mere survival value.

Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: The Heart of Helping #ad - It presents definitions and conceptual models of spirituality and religion; draws connections between spiritual diversity and cultural, Hinduism, Judaism, Indigenous religions, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, gender, and sexual orientation diversity; and offers insights from Buddhism, Existentialism, and Transpersonal theory.

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Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master

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Windhorse Publications Ltd #ad - An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint' - Jack KornfieldRead the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, and Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Alice Walker, among others.

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Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path

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Wisdom Publications #ad - In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of Mindfulness In Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. A foreword magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist Spirituality/Inspirational.

With generous and specific advice, eight mindful steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, and partners, children, to find right livelihood, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness.

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Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems

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Oxford University Press #ad - Just as the lives of people exposed to chronic trauma and abuse become organized around the traumatic experience, often living in the present moment, and demoralized, disempowered, haunted by the past, so too have our social service systems become organized around the recurrent stress of trying to do more under greater pressure: they become crisis-oriented, authoritarian, and unable to plan for the future.

Complex interactions among traumatized clients, pressured organizations, stressed staff, and a social and economic climate that is often hostile to recovery efforts recreate the very experiences that have proven so toxic to clients in the first place. Only in this way can our mental health and social service systems become empowered to make a more effective contribution to the overall health of the nation.

Destroying sanctuary is a stirring call for reform and recovery, required reading for anyone concerned with removing the formidable barriers to mental health and social services, from clinicians and administrators to consumer advocates. Linking trauma theory to organizational function, Destroying Sanctuary provides a framework for creating truly trauma-informed services.

Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems #ad - . The goals are practical: improve clinical outcomes, increase leadership competence, increase staff satisfaction and health, and develop a technology for creating and sustaining healthier systems. The organizational change method that has become known as the Sanctuary Model lays the groundwork for establishing safe havens for individual and organizational recovery.

Healing is possible for these clients if they enter helping, protective environments, yet toxic stress has destroyed the sanctuary that our systems are designed to provide.

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Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom

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Shambhala #ad - Because dukkha suffering or unsatisfactoriness is often most forcefully felt in our relations with others, interpersonal relationships are a wonderfully useful place to practice. Kramer includes numerous examples of people’s experience with the practice from his retreats, and shows how the insight gained from the techniques can be brought into real life.

The sequence begins following a period of meditation, listening, and includes periods of speaking, and mutual silence. It’s a practice that involves interacting with a partner in a retreat setting or on your own, as a way of accessing a profound kind of insight. Kramer begins with a detailed presentation of the central Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truths seen through an interpersonal lens.

Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom #ad - There are a few basic steps to the practice, 3 open, 4 trust emergence, 2 relax, deceptively simple to describe: 1 pause, 5 listen deeply, and 6 speak the truth. He then goes on to present the practice as it’s taught in his workshops and retreats. It’s something strikingly new in the world of Buddhist practice—yet it’s completely grounded in traditional Buddhist teaching.

Gregory kramer has been teaching the practice which he originated for more than a decade in retreats around the world. More than just testimonials for how well the practice "works, " the personal stories demonstrate the problems that arise, the different routes the practice can follow, and the sometimes surprising insights that are gained.

Insight dialogue is a way of bringing the tranquility and insight attained in meditation directly into your interactions with other people.

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Spirituality in Social Work: New Directions

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Routledge #ad - Their book will guide you in your efforts to meet the needs of your families and clients while still remaining educated and respectful of the many religous and nonreligious views different people have. In spirituality in social work, social work scholarship, you'll get an update on the current state of spirituality, and education.

Most importantly, for individuals, spirituality in social work is a spiritual awakening in its own right--for social workers, you'll get specific guidance on these topics:how to enhance the intuition of social workerswhen to apply the Transegoic model to a dying adolescentwhere to engage in conceptions of spirituality in social work literaturewhat Taoist insights can do to enhance social work practicehow social work can prosper in future efforts to link spirituality and social workIn many ways, and for communities at large.

Spirituality in Social Work: New Directions #ad - As spirituality in social work: New Directions shows you, there has been an increase of interest among social workers concerning spiritual matters. So, if you're struggling to find new ways to deal with the ever-increasing and ever-diversifying demand for spiritual training in your particular social work setting, pick up this insightful edition and find new hope and direction in the many different ways that social work and spirituality can work together for you.

In response to this collective interest, theory, Edward Canda and several other members of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work have compiled a thorough and timely compendium of social work research, and practice. The demand for social work practitioners, educators, and community officials to be cross-trained in spirituality and social work is on the rise.

. From there, you'll move on to current appraisals of the many specialized ways social work educators are teaching spirituality in MSW programs, and you'll ultimately come full circle to a fuller understanding of the many ways social work and spirituality complement and inform each other in the classroom as well as in the field of practice.

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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

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Sounds True #ad - The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening—seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:ardency, and concentration—how to develop these four qualities of mind essential for walking the path wiselyThe Satipatthana refrain—how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulnessMindfulness of the body, activities, the Seven Factors of Awakening, including the Five Hindrances, postures, and physical characteristicsMindfulness of feelings—how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worldsMindfulness of mind—learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thoughtMindfulness of dhammas or categories of experience, the Six Sense Spheres, including the breath, and much more"There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways, mindfulness, clear knowing, " writes Goldstein.

With mindfulness, joseph goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Goldstein's source teaching is the satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana or insight meditation found today.

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening #ad - In mindfulness you have the tools to mine these riches for yourself.

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The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations

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Shambhala #ad - It is the first truly accurate and highly readable translation of this text to be published in English. With extensive explanatory notes, this edition combines a rigorous attention to detail in bringing forth the original text with the translator's personal knowledge of the Buddhist path. This fresh new translation from Insight Mediation teacher and Pail translator Gil Fronsdal is both highly readable and scholarly authoritative.

The purpose of these contrasts is, very simply, to describe the difference between what leads to desirable outcomes and what does not. The text presents two distinct goals for leading a spiritual life: the first is attaining happiness in this life or in future lives; the second goal is the achievement of spiritual liberation, freedom, absolute peace.

The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations #ad - This classic text of teaching verses from the earliest period of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and practical foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The dhammapada is the most widely read Buddhist scripture in existence, enjoyed by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. For centuries, this text has been studied in its original Pali, the canonical language of Buddhism in Southeast Asia.

Many of the key themes of the verses are presented in dichotomies or pairs, for example, grief and suffering versus joy; developing the mind instead of being negligent about one's mental attitude and conduct; virtuous action versus misconduct; and being truthful versus being deceitful.

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