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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking Truth,
Very enjoyable read with nice insights. Well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful,
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This review is from: Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Paperback)This amazing little book helped me to understand what faith is really truly all about. It opened my eyes and helped me realize that faith really is not at all about religion, which is exactly what I needed to be able to reach faith on a different level!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book On Faith Out There,
In the book Salzberg discusses her painful youth; she lost her mother very early on and her father was mentally ill. In 1968, Sharon came across Buddhism in a course on Asian philosophy, where she learned of the teachings of the Lord Buddha. She remembers feeling instantly drawn to his messages, in particular the Four Noble Truths. A few years later she was in India at Bodh Gaya doing her first meditative retreat. From that point on for a number of years, Sharon studied with teachers in Burma, Tibet, and India; experiences that ultimately affected her view on just what faith truly means in her life.
This book is the absolute best out there on the subject of faith, and I say that for people of any religion. Salzberg relies on both her years of experience and impressive array of teachers that always challenged her in bringing us this magnificent book.
Salzberg: "Faith is the ability to offer our heart to the truth of what is happening, to see our experience as the embodiment of life's mystery, the present expression of possibility, the conduit connecting us to a bigger reality."
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable: The Perfect Definition of Faith,
This review is from: Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Paperback)What a no-nonsense, perfectly logical and spritual definition of faith and how to implement it in daily life.
She also makes a clear distinction between bright faith--which is what one would aspire to--and blind faith, which is the kind of faith that disappoints ultimately and leads to the kind of religious messes that we encounter over the years.
To boot: a quick read, less than 200 pages. A perfect companion if you're studying Buddhism, and a good follow-up/companion to books like "Awakening the Buddha Within."
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsentimental Faith: Eyes Wide Open,
5.0 out of 5 stars For All the Faithful,
5.0 out of 5 stars Lustrous!,
"Faith" is a word so abused in our times. If you regard faith as mere wishful thinking, rigid ideology, a divisive divine favor bestowed upon an elite few, or (to paraphrase Mark Twain) deciding to believe what you know ain't true, then prepare to shed those lack luster preconceptions.
This is Sharon's personal story. Her losses, her pain, her awakenings, her love and richly earned peace. When I took a workshop on faith with Sharon two years ago, I found her to be warm, candid, and down to earth. These splendid qualities radiate from every page of "Faith." She is a natural teacher, and this book teaches so much.
So, what is "faith?" Open to the present moment, clinging neither to pain nor pleasure, entrust yourself to the boundless compassion that lies at the heart of your spiritual center. Trust what you know about unconditional love, what your own experience teaches you when you do not flinch from it, but compassionately embrace it. And discover through clarity and compassion your interdependent connections with all beings.
Am I close, Sharon? :-)
Namu Amida Butsu... may you be well and happy, and may all of you read this lustrous book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary Buddhist classic!,
I was raised by counterculture, slightly-post-hippie Zen parents who, like their peers, were not keen on institutional religion. Thus, "faith" was not one of the words I immediately thought of when someone said "Buddhism." This book has convinced me that faith plays a critical role in one's development in the dharma.
As a young, twenty-something Buddhist, I really want to encourage my peers to pick up this book and give it serious attention! This is important stuff.
And, as an observer of Buddhism¡¯s unfolding in the America, I believe that this book, along with Joseph Goldstein¡¯s recent "One Dharma,¡± signifies a maturing in understanding of the dharma among Westerners. I think these books are the developing of a contemporary Buddhist theology from these dharma teachers and others.
Maybe someone would think, ¡°Another Buddhist book! How many do we need?!¡± But, ¡°Faith¡± is unique among them and entirely worth reading. The guidance is enduring, and I think you¡¯ll find passages coming back to you, with greater appreciation every time, for years to come.
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Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg (Paperback - Sept. 2 2003)
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