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Swallowing the River Ganges : A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification Paperback – International Edition, January 1, 2001
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Trauma can be a catalyst for change. The Buddha saw the trauma of dissatisfaction everywhere and so put together the most powerful recipe for life transformation ever. This is according to Matthew Flickstein, who should know: once a successful Ph.D. psychotherapist, he is now a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher. Accustomed to creating personal development workshops, Flickstein created a book that is like a workshop manual. Swallowing the River Ganges is a plan for living the Buddhist way. Combining the teachings of two Buddhist classics, Flickstein reveals a step-by-step path that culminates in living the enlightened life. First come the moral precepts that help you take up a right livelihood, including a smart approach to the material things. Then, of course, comes meditation, with all the training basics. Formal meditation leads to mindfulness in daily life. And after that come higher levels of mindfulness, knowledge, and insight. Flickstein's years of experience are obvious in the way he beaks down intricate levels of practice into clear descriptions, never leaving out possible downsides or roadblocks. Honest, succinct, and practical, Swallowing the River Ganges is a perfect how-to book for transforming life along the Buddhist path. --Brian Bruya
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The author, Matthew Flickenstein, takes aim at what most of us commonly call vipassana (insight) meditation. He gives a pretty surprising investigation into both it's benefits, and what sometimes can lead to actual drawbacks. The purpose of insight meditation, he points out, is to simply see things as they really are. Reality as it is. In order for that to happen, we need to not discriminate what we are aware of, we must be truly be aware of all that arises, without grasping or even resisting any of our experiences. But whenever we move our concentration in a specific direction, such as the breath, we are subtly forming a purpose and we are no longer communicating "no preference" in our awareness of what we are experiencing.
This book goes into much more specific detail about the benefits and drawbacks of certain styles of practice, something I could never summarize in the confines of such a review. Matthew Flickenstein presents us with a most intriguing body of work here, a priceless companion on our road of discovery and introspection. So what are you waiting for? Buy it!