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Be an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace Paperback – March 1, 1999
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I was raised Roman Catholic and I find so much value and love from these practices. I am learning to love myself as I have always been taught to love God but somehow missed the part about loving yourself. Sister Khema makes a bridge between religious gulfs, feminine issues, and meditation practices. She has masterfully put together Buddist teachings in so understandable a method that you come away from reading, even just a paragraph or two, with inspiration and love. I recommend this book to all my friends.
p. 18: "eventually through practice, our intentions change & adapt themselves to the Dhamma."
p. 29: "Motives are like icebergs-1/3 visible & 2/3 hidden."
p. 43: "We confront ourselves in others [Jung calls this projection]
p. 81: "Sometimes people think of the teaching as a sort of therapy, which it undoubtedly is, but that is not its ultimate aim."
p. 93: "It's only an illusion that, through the presence of other people we confront the world around us. In reality, we are constantly meeting our own inner defilements or strengths. What goes on around us serves as a series of triggers for our reactions."
p. 94: "if we feel a serious lack in ourselves, this will color our attitudes & reactions."
p. 96: "cultivating love for ourselves ...makes it easy to be loving toward others."
p. 97: "The holy life means becoming whole, of one piece." [Jung's individuation]
p. 106: "more is not better." [scientifically the world is NOT linear]
She also describes some Buddhist terms unfamiliar to me (as a student of Vajrayana):
p. 117:3 kinds of liberation-signless (impermanence), wishless (suffering), & voidness (coreless)
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The author's theme of becoming independent in one's practice and looking inward for spiritual guidance, i.e. taking refuge inwardly, rather than searching elsewhere. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Khong Triet
Unfortunately Theravada Nuns are frequently considered inferior to Monks. Any Ayya Khema book will dispel that prejudice. She was a strong woman who "Walked the Walk". Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Jerry
Ayya Khema's guidance to Buddhist practice is simple, practical and very helpful to anyone serious about his meditation practice .Published on September 20, 2013 by Harry Weidlich