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Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict Hardcover – April 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316013137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316013130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tsultrim Allione has performed a remarkable feat of cultural translation and offered the western world a new treasure. With exquisite detail and accuracy she shows us how we can transform the energy of addiction, shame, illness, anxiety, fear, and anger into the energy of liberation." -- from the forward by Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"In Feeding Your Demons Tsultrim Allione offers us a powerful and transformative practice...one that can heal the deepest wounds and reveal profound spiritual truths. What is so striking is how, through her own tremendous clarity and heart, Allione brings this practice alive and renders it truly accessible. This book will serve all those who want to untangle the tangles with wisdom and love."-Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance



"Tsultrim Allione shows us what life could look like if we were not struggling, not hating ourselves for our problems and frailties, but rather were relating to these challenges with awareness and compassion. She illuminates a clear and practical guide to transformation, based on her many years of exceptional meditation training."-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness



"Feeding Your Demons is a bold, beautiful, and original work, a book that Carl Jung could only have dreamed of writing. Bringing the wisdom of Tibet straight into our daily lives, Tsultrim Allione shares the accumulated fruits of her own deep understanding. She does this in a completely accessible way, taking the most profound insights and rendering them simply and straightforwardly without compromising them. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, a gift to all who read it."-Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Psychotherapy without the Self

"Feeding Your Demons offers an original and powerful approach to challenging the forces at work in the shadows of our psyche. Tsultrim Allione has done a masterful job of translating ancient-and fascinating-methods to heal modern emotional troubles."-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

About the Author

Tsultrim Allione was one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She is considered an authority in the world of American religious life, recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident Lama at Zangri Khangmar, and chapters have been written about her in several books. Allione is the founder and director of Tara Mandala, a retreat center in Colorado and the author of the classic Women of Wisdom.

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Customer Reviews

At the very least your own inner peace will likely improve from reading the book.
chris
If peace begins within, this book goes a long way towards helping change what is frustrating in the world.
P. Weinstein
I found this book to be very helpful and very insightful for a new approach to therapy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By P. Weinstein on April 9, 2008
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This book offers a profound approach to resolving that with which we struggle inside (and outside too). I have been working with this process--so clearly explained by the author--and have found it to be extremely effective. The premise is simple: anything you fight and/or banish to your shadow will just find ways to haunt you even more, so why not find a way to provide it with the attention and compassion it really needs. This process has helped me to resolve and transform some deep-seated fears and issues. If peace begins within, this book goes a long way towards helping change what is frustrating in the world. I give it my highest recommendation.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on July 8, 2008
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Tsultrim Allione was one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. In this book, she presents an eleventh-century woman's wisdom to non-Buddhists in simple, easy to understand language that anyone can follow.

According to Tsultrim, we can all overcome whatever demons are causing chaos in our lives, whether they be weight, illness, anger, or whatever. By following her five steps, we can supposedly overcome these problems.

In the first part of the book, we are given an overview of Tultrim's life - her journeys into spiritualism, her marriages and divorces, her children, her tragedies and her triumphs. It is an interesting biography, if somewhat brief. But this book isn't supposed to be a biography - and it's not completely. The next section delineates the five-step program to overcoming whatever ails you. It is clearly written and easily understood.

The third part of the book deals with specific types of demons. Each demon - illness, fear, addiction, abuse, etc. - comes with case studies allowing you to read about people who faced these problems and overcame them. Each one is different, and interesting to read. The last section of the book gives you information on how to deepen your work.

In the grand publishing segment that encompasses self-help books, this is one of the more interesting ones I've read. It is brief, to the point, easy to understand, easy to follow and deals with problems that plague almost all of us. Does it work? I'll have to get back to you on that. But I can't see where there's any harm in trying. If nothing else, you've spent some time meditating and that's always a good thing. If you're into spiritualism, Buddhism, or any of the mediating practices, definitely pick this one up. If you're just into reading about obscure spiritual readers, this would be a good buy.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. Lee-Herbert on April 9, 2008
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I found this book to be incredibly powerful and transformative. A captivating and smooth read with a great message. The technique outlined in the book is simple yet profound, and was really effective for me. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in shedding old patterns and becoming happier in general (and who isn't!).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Wester on April 30, 2008
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Lama Tsultrim Allione has masterfully adapted the ancient Tibetan practice of chod and it's powerful gift of transformation so simply and directly that it will serve those who might be drawn to the book's evocative title, while also providing support and a fresh approach to long time spiritual practitioners. Simple, concise and carefully honed through Tsultrim's own many years of practice, this book and the practice which it transmits is a liberating gift for all those whose lives are devoted to freedom. Blessings and Gratitude...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura C. Hofer on March 23, 2009
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In "Feeding Your Demons" Lama Tsultrim Allione presents a brilliant practice that encourages relaxation of inner or outer conflict. Other reviewers have noted how the practice brings what is in the shadow to light and compassionately provides what is needed. What they haven't highlighted is that the practice also evokes a state of physical, psychological, and spiritual relaxation and that these moments of relaxation are an ideal doorway to use to enter into the practices of your own tradition. Because the Feeding Your Demons practice is not doctrinal, it can be effectively used by anyone to release tensions, creating fruitful ground for prayer, meditation, or self-inquiry.

"Cutting Through Fear" presents an earlier version of the process that Lama Tsultrim has continued to refine in "Feeding Your Demons." In contrast to the earlier cd, in her recent book Lama Tsultrim has distilled the ancient practice into its essence, removing its Tibetan imagery. The benefit of discarding the Tibetan wrappings, though some will miss them, is that the golden essence of the practice is now easily understood by Westerners. In addition, Lama Tsultrim has added something that she did not include in "Cutting Through Fear," the empowering step of allowing or asking for an ally to emerge.

In sum, in its new Western clothing "Feeding Your Demons" offers a practice that anyone can use in the service of wholeness and holiness.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michaela Kapilla on September 29, 2008
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I have found the perspective of Feeding Your Demons to be insightful and wise and the technique itself to be invaluable. Over the years I have explored and benefited from both meditation, yoga and breathing practices from the East as well as various psychological insights and practices from the West. With Feeding Your Demons, I am experiencing the result of a beautiful melding of the wisdom of both orientations.

Even before trying the process itself, I found that just reading the book brought a way of seeing myself and my life that was richly rewarding. I felt some doubt about my ability to do the technique, though, because I don't visualize easily or well (visualization being part of the process). But the good news is that even without clear visualization, I have grown to trust and feel comfortable with my own way of experiencing the technique (it is usually more a feeling sense than `seeing') because of the positive changes that have come from each session!

Thank you Tsultrim!
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