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Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness Paperback – September 30, 2003
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gentle direction, brilliance, and heart.”
“Sylvia Boorstein has written the definitive guide for Westerners to the Buddhist practice of the Perfections of the Heart. Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake is delightfully clear, accessible, and immediate, as wise teachings should be, and it is surely destined to be a classic.”
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When we take on this practice, Boorstein notes, "our vision becomes transformed. We see, with increasing clarity, the confusion in our own minds and the suffering in our own hearts. . . . And we also see the extraordinariness of life, how amazing it is that life exists." Boorstein's lively and practical lessons about everyday generosity, morality, making and mending mistakes, the bliss of blamelessness, and other human concerns and frailties, help to clarify our distractions and connect us with our own goodness, "the part of ourselves that wishes it had done differently."
For Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, "Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake is a cheerful, inspiring book that offers the possibility of a transformed life.
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However, if you have even a cursory knowledge of the basics and want to explore them further, this is a wonderful book to read. I finished it, and then immediately read through it again to soak it up some more.
It outlines the Ten Paramitas, or heart perfections. These are the qualities that the Buddha perfected in his prior incarnations, before reaching enlightenment.
Boorstein lays them out in a straightforward manner, even sharing a chart she created illustrating the flow from each Paramita to it's ultimate result. For example, one section shows how the practice of Generosity leads to contentment through the realizations that meditation on generosity can provide. The chapters are laid out easily, as well. Each Paramita is explained, a meditation exercise for that Paramita is given, backed up by stories, and bookended with an everyday practice that the reader can incorporate into their daily lives to bring them closer to perfecting that Paramita.
Anyone interested in furthering their Mindfulness practice should definitely give this a read. Boorstein's books, in general, are extremely accessible to Westerners, and provide a calm, warm, welcoming read.
The most instructive and original part of her book was the "periodic table of virtue" (pp. 28ff). This was not only insightful but helpful. A few of her stories were also quite good. I especially recommend the one about Bret and his retreat experience (memories of getting mugged) from pp. 236ff, and Boorstein's musings on her own ten year long grudge against a fellow meditation teacher (168ff). Then there is the hilarious-though totally irrelevant-piece about Seung Sahn and Kalu Rinpoche. I once met the former and am familiar with his book titles, every one of which prefaces his name with the self-styled title "Zen Master." He never impressed me and Boorstein's story (on p. 196) not only confirmed my opinion of him but also put me on notice that it really is possible to be too Zen.Read more ›
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While I was reading the book I was planning to give it two stars, but by the time I finished it I realized that was one too many stars. Read morePublished 20 months ago by elizmck
The dharma, Buddhist wisdom, presented with Boorstein warmth and humor. Reading this book is a meditation in itself, soothes the soul.Published 20 months ago by 3 dog owner
This book is filled with humor. It is fun to read while making the practice of mindfulness and Buddhist teachings understandable for those of us not as familiar or spiritual. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by jan dunbar
I had an interest in learning more about Buddhism. This is an excellent guide. It speaks well to the concepts of Buddhism and is an excellent resource.Published on January 26, 2014 by Daniella29