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Being Prayer -Transforming Consciousness: Good News of Buddhist Practice Paperback – April 18, 2006
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Both the Buddha and Jesus Christ offered the teachings that they did in order to help people change themselves for the better. In this small book Mary Rees brings together, in particular, a number of essential Buddhist-based practices which can help to effect such positive changes, yet which are cast in a language and form that also renders them highly useable by those of a Christian faith indeed, of any religious faith at all.
pp xvi from the Foreword of Being Prayer
How we see determines what we see, and Mary Rees will help you to see much better. This book can clear away many doubts that Christians might have about the richness of Buddhist practice and discipline.
Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Author of Everything Belongs
Center for Action and Contemplation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mary Rees' Being Prayer begins the important work of inching two religious traditions closer together. If Buddhism is to root within this culture, it must come to terms with the Christian language of God, heart, and prayer. Mary shows that this is not only possible but compatible with the depth and wonder of Buddhism. She takes hard concepts like consciousness and mind and makes them accessible. Mary allows us to relax and invite this compatibility.
Rodney Smith, MS
Insight Meditation Teacher
Author of Lessons from the Dying
This is a book about prayer . . . It is a book to be done, using the practice, not just to be read, grasping the concepts. As we do so, we let "direct contact with life be our primary teacher," as the author suggests and as Karl Rahner with his emphasis on human experience might corroborate. The style is easy to read, but one must do the practice to benefit most from the book. A good read is not enough!
Sr. Mary Dennison, r.c., EdD
Director, Spiritual Direction Institute
Cenacle Retreat House
Top Customer Reviews
We are surrounded with a whirling array of choices and
circumstances that we must deal with. Mary Rees offers
us an invitation to move our consciousness into a place
where "we learn to stay with our experience neither
running nor fighting."
She shows us a variety of ways to achieve this. We get a
chance to read about concepts such as "creating a holding",
understanding "sense doors" and "dynamic receptivity."
Her chapters present a concept, suggest beginning
practices, and conclude with recommended reading. In
this fashion each one is like a book within itself.
And Rees is careful not to overload us. As she says,
"Be faithful to your heart's deepest intentions.
Revisit them every day and during the day. Let them
expand and unfold." With her many years of teaching
guiding her, she leads us gently, suggesting we move
forward, pause, revisit, and grow, all at our own pace.
With appendices that include Prayers of Intention, an
overview of the Satipatthana Sutta, and an additional
reading list broken down into categories, BEING PRAYER
becomes not only a guide to transformation but the type of
book that you'll always want close at hand and close
to your ever expanding heart.