Download PDF by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell: A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance

By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

ISBN-10: 0743221893

ISBN-13: 9780743221894

Author note: Edited through Michael Segell
Publish 12 months note: First released June 4th 2000
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Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to supply males an analogous reflective publication that she provided girls in uncomplicated Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to aid her signify an real male event, a publication that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo amassed those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written by means of a various sampling of guys, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and international popular rock star.

Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of quite provocative essays. now and then she feels like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree fortress membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside of those inner most moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male event, a lofty target that we have a tendency to withstand. individuals contain Sting, who talks in regards to the distinction among thrill looking and chance taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." experience author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic sickness as his vomited his means via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson

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But I suspect there are far more opportunities to adapt instead of alter than we might at first imagine. And as we get the knack of it, others will present themselves. Let’s try giving the world a rest from our restless need to transform it, and work a bit more on changing ourselves. I trust the Buddha’s promise that by doing so we will be happier in the long run. T H E P O S T- C O P E R N I C A N REVOLUTION naïvely think the earth was at the center of the universe, and that the sun and all the stars revolved around us.

Even today Buddhist teachings are often cast in a terminology originally Hindu: primordial perfection, non-dual awareness, inherently awakened inner nature. So what are the key features of this more ancient, more organic spirituality taught by the Buddha in his lifetime? To begin with, it is radically experiential. What do you see and feel and touch and know, for yourself, when you attend to the immediacy of the present moment with steady and focused awareness? Knowledge coming from without is fraught with illusion, projected from the mysterious depths of the psyche.

Buddhism was not only marginalized, but was slowly recast more in line with the previously dominant religious paradigm, and absorbed into the mainstream. Buddha is today seen in India as an incarnation of Vishnu, sent to earth to teach good Hindus to cease animal sacrifice and to become vegetarians. Even today Buddhist teachings are often cast in a terminology originally Hindu: primordial perfection, non-dual awareness, inherently awakened inner nature. So what are the key features of this more ancient, more organic spirituality taught by the Buddha in his lifetime?

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