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Bodhipaksa

Bodhipaksa was born Graeme Stephen in Scotland, and currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire. He is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been practicing within the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order since 1982, and has been a member of the Western Buddhist Order since...

Living as a River

Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change

Bodhipaksa

from Sounds True

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To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.

“An interesting, lively, and genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

“At a time when it's increasingly challenging to find clear and honest direction on the spiritual path, Living as a River offers contemporary insight into an ancient practice and wise counsel we can trust. This book is both beautifully written and useful to all serious seekers.”
—Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path and Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self—the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of:

  • A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical body
  • Profound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universe
  • Freedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identity
  • The relaxed experience of “consciousness, pure and bright”

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.

Product details

Softcover Book:
Contents 1 Softcover book (364 pages)
Date Published October 01, 2010
ISBN-10 1-59179-910-4
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-910-8
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Codes 1466, k1466, bk01466
Digital Book:
Contents 1 eBook (364 pages)
Date Published October 01, 2010
ISBN-10 1-59179-933-3
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-933-7
Product Codes 1466w, k1466w, bk01466w

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By Barbara Brown
Date Added: Saturday 7 July 2012
I didn't know what to expect from this book and I am finding it to be deeply helpful on so many levels of comprehension regarding consciousness, understanding how we are, really awareness and not the body and so many other aspects of being, what it is and what it isn't. I really don't have words to describe the effect it has had for me.
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