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The Dhammapada for Awakening: A Commentary on Buddha's Practical Wisdom Paperback – October 17, 2014
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Bringing a refreshing and timely perspective to ancient wisdom and showing seekers of inner peace how they can effectively lead a spiritual life in the modern world The Dhammapada for Awakening A Commentary on the Buddha s Practical Wisdom by Abbot George Burke Swami Nirmalananda Giri is the first of a series of new books from Light of the Spirit Monastery in Cedar Crest New Mexico The Dhammapada for Awakening explores the Buddha s answers to the urgent questions such as How can I find find lasting peace happiness and fulfillment that seems so elusive and What can I do to avoid many of the miseries big and small that afflict all of us Drawing on the proven wisdom of different ancient traditions and the contemporary masters of spiritual life as well as his own studies and first hand knowledge of the mystical traditions of East and West to Abbot George illumines the practical wisdom of Buddha in the Dhammapada and more importantly and make thatmakes that teaching relevant to present day spiritual seekers The Dhammapada is the first collection of Gautama Buddha s practical teachings for those seeking Nirvana compiled only three months after his passing away by his enlightened disciples who named it Dhammapada The Way of Dharma It is a distillation of forty five years of the Buddha s teaching Abbot George says of the Dhammapada Over and over in the teachings of Buddha we find that he is giving us only that which can be applied in our daily lives in order to fit ourselves for freedom from all that binds us In The Dhammapada for Awakening you will learn An esoteric understanding of the mind and how to deal with it How we create our destinies by our thoughts and actions and how we can use that knowledge to shape a better present and future for ourselves What are the obstacles to reaching our full potential and how we can avoid them Whether a person is Buddhist Christian Hindu simply spiritual or merely discontent with the status qu
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He often will compare differing translations to uncover hidden nuances of meaning which will help the reader come to a richer understanding of the subjects.
I find the author's commentary on Buddha's teaching to be thoroughly practical, rather than academic. For those who wish to wish to lead a spiritual life that produces results, this book is a real help.
While many Buddhist Christian books focus on the Gospel of Thomas, and the producers of this book have much of that on their website, this book stays away from that focus. This book is primarily a teaching of the Buddha with many ancillary Biblical scriptures used for effect. Note: if you are reading this to deeper your Christian walk, make sure you are already familiar with the Biblical scripture used; know what you already believe.
As for this book itself, it took me a long time to work through it. This is a working commentary that often causes moments to pause, ponder, and reflect, inspiring long moments of meditation. I appreciated the introduction to many of the written words and sayings, much of it being overlooked by previous Westernized books of the Buddha. I’m especially thankful for the ongoing commentary to help my understanding of the older language and original translations.
There were quite a few surprises for me here: mainly about the sayings of disciplines, punishment, and punitive repercussions due to one’s own actions. I found that much of what is discussed in the early sections of this book would prevent much of that threating and rewards of the latter. Specifically, meditation with a disciplined focus will steer correctly.
Thanks to the folks at Light of the Spirit for sending this to me for review.
Respectfully Submitted, Dr. Bill from Colorado