Buddha & Love: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Relationships Hardcover – May 15 2012
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My understanding is he typically circles the globe twice a year on a never-ending pilgrimage, spending time in each of the centers he's started. In all that time and in all those different hemispheres you can imagine how many people he's met and talked to, how many couple relationships he's seen in various stages of getting together, staying together, or flying apart. So, I'd say it's the synthesis of all that human observation you get by reading this.
That's the lens you're looking through when you open this book.
To me, even though I've been in the same relationship for many years, it felt like an eagle's-eye-view of human interactions, like gliding overhead observing the big picture. He's obviously seen everything, heard everything, and thought about it all deeply.
If it seems odd reading about pair-bonding from a tradition that seems to encourage celibacy maybe it makes more sense to think about it in terms of the profound understanding of the mind Tibetan Buddhism represents. I mean, after all, they knew about the subconscious mind a thousand years before Freud (and they call it the "store consciousness" because everything is stored there). I just offer that as an example of the depth of Buddhist psychology.
On that basis alone, aren't you a little curious about what they have to say about relationships? After all, as he says in the book, having a partner is so important to all of us because it holds such a huge possibility for happiness if we can manage it and such a miserable possibiliy for unhappiness if we can't.
So, I bought this and definitely got a lot out of it. I even intend to read it again which is fairly rare for me. Of course, I got onto this guy because I thought his Mahamudra book ("Great Seal") was one of the best books I'd ever read and read it so many times I had to take it to Kinko's and get it rebound.
Well, anyway, I enjoy this guy's thought processes. They seem very mature and based on real world experience. He's even inspiring. And as time goes by I think inspiration in life is at least as rare as falling deeply in love and maybe worth even more.
Best of luck to you, whatever your spiritual pathway.
Unlike other Buddhist books on relationships which tend to be either theoretical, moralistic or too exotic, the situations in this book are easy to recognize. Ole Nydahl's vaste experience with Buddhist teachings and as well as love changes your perspective and the way you handle these situations to the benefit of all involved.
I have read an earlier version of the book in Dutch and it is one of the best Buddhist books I have ever read. Highly recommended!
The book is also great for people who want to learn something about Buddhism, because it gives a short introduction to the Buddha's teachings. For those who do already know the teachings, you will also enjoy reading this book, because all information is streamlined for the relationship-topic. I think both Buddhists and non-Buddhists will have great benefit from reading this book on many levels.
Lama Ole Nydahl describes in an impressive way what Buddha advised for living a relationship in a way that both the couple itself as well as its surroundings enter a state of happiness and fulfillment. The book gives practical advice on how to reach what is a dream to many: a harmonious, strong relationship and a life fulfilled by lasting happiness that no one can take away!
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