October 29, 2009

Book review: In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times (Barry Boyce et al, editors)

The concept that we are living in difficult times has become so well understood that it is almost cliche.  What is less understood are ways to work with, or at least around, these difficult times.  In the Face of Fear is an anthology of essays/teachings from foremost Buddhist teachers and writers with the intent of helping us with one of our most common emotions. Organized into six intertwined parts, yet not a book of step by step instructions, these writings approach dealing with fear from a more holistic point of view.  Containing works from Jon Kabat-Zinn to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Shunryu Suzuki, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others, this book spans the range of Buddhist thought and reaches back in time as well presenting contemporary points of view.  Newly released from Shambhala Publications, In the Face of Fear is designed to help us move from accepting at our lives as they truly are to accepting that reality and letting go of our fear and our lack of control as a means towards finding true happiness.  Available from your local, independent bookstore and the Shambhala Publications website. (Be sure to tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)

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