Ayya Khema is like that pesky little angel on our shoulder, except instead of saying, "Don't do this" or "Don't do that," she reminds us to pay attention and keep growing. One of the best Western exponents of the Buddhist path, Khema organizes her lectures in Be an Island
around the Buddha's exhortation to be an island unto yourself. By taking refuge in Buddhist teachings and the Buddhist community, you can escape the petty concerns of the self and become an anchor for others. In disarmingly practical language, Ayya Khema teaches us that true practice is getting the tiny details of life right, the middling moments--thinking before we speak, recognizing greed and generosity in ourselves and others, making the mind pliable at all times. Like a weekly lecture series, this is the type of book you'll want to go back to, placing it near an altar or spiritual nook for easy access. --Brian Bruya
From Library Journal
A collection of talks on Buddhist practice by the late Khema, a well-loved teacher in traditional Theravadan Buddhism. In her strongly feminine voice she covers such topics as harmonious living and controling the mind. An accessible guide for integrating practice into daily life. (LJ 5/1/99)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.