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Simple exercises based on the 10 paramis (paramitas), or perfections, described in Buddhist philosophy are scattered throughout the pages of this short book. Lokos, founder of New York's nonsectarian Community Meditation Center and an interfaith minister, has studied with teachers from various Buddhist traditions; he offers eclectic anecdotes and personal reflections on such virtues as generosity, patience, loving kindness, and truthfulness. The author is proficient at identifying ordinary choices—making a phone call, passing a street person asking for money—that can contribute to spiritual growth. Gentle and compassionate practices range from the specific (sincerely praise others' words or deeds) to the general (don't hold grudges). However, simple truths and profound Buddhist insights such as impermanence and interdependence jostle with clichés and self-help platitudes. Some unfortunately chosen examples (Lokos illustrates relinquishing with giving up his weekend home) weaken this earnest, well-meaning book. Readers new to daily practices may find these snippets useful; others may want to dig more deeply into the many excellent books on Buddhist mindfulness training. (Feb.)
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"As founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York, Allan Lokos has an arsenal of tools for coping with stressful situations."
—Rachel Lee Harris, New York Times

"Stress is a sure happiness killer, but the antidote just might be Pocket Peace by Allan Lokos . . . Lokos brings a calming Buddhist slant to urban angst, doling out creative, easy-as-pie practices (choose a belonging you really like and give it away to discover how you feel about attachment issues) to help soothe your way, offering another great option for turning over new pages in your life."
The Boston Globe

"A beautifully lucid and heartwarming book. Through many personal stories and simple practices, Allan Lokos shows us the possibility of wise living. His understanding, clarity, and open-heartedness move us from theory to action as we navigate through our lives."
—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma

"Pocket Peace is a beautifully written, practical guide to transforming our everyday experience into one of greater peace. Allan Lokos warmly takes us by the hand and leads us, as a friend, into an exploration of a genuine path to happiness."
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"A wonderfully heartfelt and pragmatic toolbox of meditative skills that anyone can practice, anywhere, at any time."
—Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs.

"'The way up is the way down,' said Heraclitus and for twenty-five centuries spiritual seekers have found this insight to be deep and true. But how to put it into practice? With a winning warmth and with altogether unpretentious wisdom, Allan Lokos provides a guidebook. If we let him show us the way down into everyday spirituality, we may find ourselves raised higher up than we ever dared to hope."
—Brother David Steindl-Rast, author of Gratefulness

"Pocket Peace is a book of little gems for great progress. Hurdle with joy with this book in your purse."
—Judy Collins, singer-songwriter and author of The Seven T's and Sanity and Grace
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427819
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By O. Okobi on May 16, 2010
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I just finished reading 'Pocket Peace' this morning, and I was sad to arrive at the end. Lokos writes in a style that is so easy to follow, and resonates without being didactic or overly esoteric. I enjoyed the manner in which Lokos shared ideas, integrating them with wisdom from the ages alongside his own life experiences. If more people used the suggested practices in the book, there would be fewer problems in the world. In the meantime, I feel contented knowing that I have learned a little bit more about how I can cultivate greater awareness and can use these practices to improve my life--and maybe, the lives of the people and creatures around me. Enjoy!
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Allan Lokos writes in a very kind, compassionate and practical voice. He introduces Buddhist principles and applies them in very practical ways. His gentle exhortations to discover and be true to one's own inner truths is inspiring. I'm not a spiritual person, but I try hard to live an ethical and authentic existence. Pocket Peace reinforces these values and broadens them too into the framework of a Buddhist set of precepts. The book left me with a sense of joy and freedom and I will carry Pocket Peace on my daily commute.
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Right from the start, I found this book helpful in my life. Because Pocket Peace offers down-to-earth practices that I can pick up and use on the spot, trying some of them started to make changes in my life right away. I've always admired teachers like Sharon Salzberg, Stephen Batchelor, Joseph Goldstein, and Wayne Muller, so their praise for the book was meaningful to me. I intend to keep the book and go back to it in the future for some fresh perspectives on living a happier, more peaceful life. I've also given it as gift--it has a beautiful look and cover and is a great price for a lovely gift.
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Allan Lokos has written a book brimming with compassion, a guide to help us all live a more enlightened life. In his own warmly compassionate voice, he assures us that feeling kindness for ourselves is the first step toward feeling true compassion for others, and he gives us simple but powerful practices to help us do both.
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I am often asked what book I recommend for someone brand new to Buddhism. I always say that it depends on why the person is interested - I will recommend different books depending on whether someone is interested primarily in meditation, the Buddha himself, Buddhism as a philosophy, or Buddhism as a spiritual foundation. For someone interested in living Buddhism - attempting to practice its foundation teachings in daily life - this book is my new favorite recommendation.

Allan Lokos leads the Community Meditation Center in NYC, and is a former Broadway performer. He has studied Buddhism extensively with many of today's foremost teachers, but is also an ordained interfaith minister, and so has a very inter-spiritual approach to Buddhism. I think this will appeal to many people who want to draw on Buddhism, but are not necessarily interested in identifying themselves as Buddhist. Although, that being said, I think this is a lovely book for committed Buddhist as well.

In Pocket Peace, Lokos focuses on the ten paramitas, or ten perfections, of Buddhism. These are the 10 virtues Buddhists are encouraged to consciously cultivate in thought, word, and deed, as part of their practice. Lokos devotes one chapter to each one, which he translates as generosity, morality, relinquishing, wisdom, joyous effort, patience, truthfulness, determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity.

The focus in each chapter is how we can actively work to cultivate these virtues in our daily lives. To that end, Lokos has developed 'practices', or recommendations of everyday actions, meditations, and contemplations, that anyone can easily explore. These are described in depth in each chapter, and listed in summary form in an appendix at the end of the book.
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A commentary on the ten Buddhist paramis, or "perfection practices" - generosity, morality, relinquishing, wisdom, joyous effort, patience, truthfulness, determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity. Each of the ten gets its own chapter, and each chapter begins with a brief exploration of the benefits available to the reader by cultivating that particular parami, features a generous serving of helpful illustrative anecdotes drawn from the author's own life experiences, and ends with a few suggested personal practices we can use to develop that virtue in our own life.
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This book may be light enough to carry in a pocket (or purse!) but it's potentially COLOSSAL in its impact -- if you take its wisdom to heart. Let it! It can CHANGE YOUR LIFE. One peaceful step at a time.
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I cannot wait to truly incorporate Allan's teachings and practices into my every day life.
I want a more meaningful and peaceful existance, and I was able to immediately feel connected to his stories, ideas and work.
This book will be with me "in my pocket" each day.
Thank you for showing us simple steps to feeling and being more connected- to life, people, experiences and the universe.
Bless your friends with the gift of this book.
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