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"I wrote Living as a River because I'm fascinated by the Buddhist Six Element Practice and I wanted to communicate my explorations. But my book isn't really about the Six Element Practice (which is really just the framework for the explorations it contains). It's a way of letting go of our clinging so that we can, eventually, lose our clinging and find freedom. But that's not a very adequate description of the book either" says Bodhipaksa.
Living As A River contains a great balance between explaining awakening and giving direct injunctions to the reader to bring about the awakening. As Bodhipaksa explains, like a river --life is dynamic, vibrant, ever-changing. The static, fixed views of ourselves, others, and the world freeze us, stifling our creativity, and turning us away from the inherent love within each of us.
*Bodhipaksa adds: "I could describe the book in just two words: "Embracing change." So that's what the book's about. It uses the structure of the Six Element meditation in order to face up to the reality of change, and to help us let go of clinging so that we can embrace impermanence."
This book perfectly illuminates the real purpose of awakening, which is not to just talk about that river or even enter the river, but to realize we are it --fully. Review by Scott Kiloby, author of Love's Quiet Revolution, Reflections of the One Life, and Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence. -- Non-Duality America - Scott Kiloby
Bodhipaksa was born Graeme Stephen in Scotland and currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire. He is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been practicing within the Triratna Buddhist Community since 1982 and has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1993. Bodhipaksa runs the online meditation center Wildmind to increase awareness of the positive effects of meditation. His published works include the audios The Wisdom of the Breath and Still the Mind and the book Wildmind.
I found Bodhipaksa's writing, approach and subject matter to be worthwhile reading.
I randomly opened this book to read a passage 'Whenever I turn my attention to my sense of self, what I find is nothing but an ever changing stream of experiences!
He also gives a variety of suggestions for assimilating and living this truth, leading to a great sense of liberation.
I'm still reading this book but so far find it helpful in my mindfulness practice. The information is one more facet or way of viewing mindfulness.Published 8 months ago by Patsy
I randomly opened this book to read a passage 'Whenever I turn my attention to my sense of self, what I find is nothing but an ever changing stream of experiences! (Pp 322)". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Urmish R. Mehta
Everything you ever wanted to know about Six Element practice & more....How could one still have a view of self as a fixed identity?Published 12 months ago by Nityadana
I've been studying mindfulness meditation for about two years on my own and recently taken interest in buddhist teachings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Timothy Martin
I give this book 4 stars because I get the sense that it is extremely profound. I found it too difficult for me as I do not have a background in buddhism and only know some basic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by TC
This is not an easy book, and it is not for newcomers to Buddhism. It is about the habit of clinging to ego--to the illusion of self--and the Buddhist practice one can use to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bookley
As the author of Doorway to Total Liberation: Conversations with What Is, I feel this book is one of the best explanations of what the separate self is, what it does, and how being... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Scott Kiloby
Living as a River is a very interesting, thoughtful book. It opens our eyes. We are so shortsighted and busy in our daily lives that we do not really observe all of life. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by K. F. Sell
There are plenty of more eloquent reviews about the intricacies of this book - but more of what I got from it is brief snippets of knowledge about how to get positive energy from... Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Steve Kuehl