From Library Journal
Sokoloff, a practicing dentist and teacher of Far Eastern studies (Univ. of Miami), distills the basic concepts of several Far Eastern traditions in a way that will appeal to pragmatic North Americans. The nonattachment of Buddhism, the spontaneity of Zen practice, the harmony and balance of Taoist thought, and the Confucian legacy of civility and respect are ideals the author singles out as beneficial to Westerners in the quest to find a healthy way to live in an increasingly stressful world. Sokoloff admits that his aim is practical and his treatment of these traditions limited. Although he does so with noble intent, he inadvertently romanticizes the Far Eastern way of life by ignoring the more difficult cultural contradictions that make Eastern spirituality a challenging study. Suitable for beginning readers who don't want more than a superficial introduction to Far Eastern philosophy.
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A practical guide to the wisdom of the East that shows how we can apply it to our pragmatic Western view of the world to achieve inner peace.
In Life Without Stress,
Arthur Sokoloff demystifies Eastern teachings and shows how the basic tenets of the four major philosophies--Taoism, traditional Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Confucianism--can be applied to life in the West. Through re-tellings of ancient parables and anecdotes from his own life, Sokoloff elucidates the practical lessons inherent in each philosophy: Taoism teaches us to understand that we are at one with the universe; traditional Buddhism offers the keys to finding and eliminating the roots of unhappiness; Zen Buddhism enhances our intuitive abilities; and Confucianism shows us how inner qualities affect and influence our relationships with the external world.
The ideal primer for readers interested in Eastern spirituality, Life Without Stress
offers clear explanations and gentle guidance for handling the stress in our lives and achieving inner serenity.