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Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living Paperback – February 18, 2010
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—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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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The author will bring you to tears as he describes his personal suffering and how, through the use of Buddhist ideals, he overcomes it all to achieve a magnificent joyful life.Published 10 months ago by Michael Boyajian
Sound advice for people of all/no formal religion. Solid, simple practices. Readable style. Very human examples. Could be a life-changer if practiced sincerely. Not a cult.Published 12 months ago by thinker
Wonderful. I enjoyed this tremendously, and I'm glad it's on my Kindle so I can have it on hand often.Published 14 months ago by Tavia
How can we be Loving and Compassionate in our daily lives? Alan Lokos provides easy examples of things we can do, even in a city like New York, to have a peaceful life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by spencer adams
Very good information. Have not read it entirely yet, but enjoying every page.Published 22 months ago by Nancy Trueheart
Such a wonderful little book. I recommend this book to everyone for everyday living. We used this book for group study.Published on April 5, 2014 by Lynn Warren
If you are open to change and you want to improve as a human being I recommend this book any hour fo the day ;) it helps to focus on what's actual real in lifePublished on September 17, 2013 by aura nichols