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by Gavin Harrison

  • Author: Gavin Harrison
  • ISBN: 0877739951
  • ISBN13: 978-0877739951
  • ePub: 1247 kb | FB2: 1367 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Worship & Devotion
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (August 16, 1994)
  • Pages: 304
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 250
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I read many books by people transformed by suffering. The authenticity and deep humanity of Gavin Harrison shine out from every page of this book. In the Lap of the Buddha rises above other books with its wisdom and beauty. Let it guide you and teach you to live. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles. -Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind.

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Manufacturer: Shambhala Publications Inc Release date: 14 October 1994 ISBN-10 : 0877739951 ISBN-13: 9780877739951.

Speaking openly about his own struggles with memories of childhood sexual abuse and with the HIV diagnosis he received in 1989, Gavin Harrison reveals how compassion offers refuge and help for all who suffer from similar crises of body, heart, and spirit. Among the topics covered are

In this book a teacher of insight meditation offers personal testament, healing words, and wise instruction to help meet the suffering that comes with catastrophic life events. Speaking openly about his own struggles with memories of childhood sexual abuse and with the HIV diagnosis he received in 1989, Gavin Harrison reveals how compassion offers refuge and help for all who suffer from similar crises of body, heart, and spirit. Among the topics covered are:    •  Dealing with fear, anger, and self-hatred    •  Working with difficult relationships    •  Confronting physical pain and the fear of death    •  Transforming the legacy of sexual abuse    •  The question of karma and "Why me?"    •  Grappling with issues of faith, freedom, hope, and miracles    •  Basic insight meditation instructions, plus guided meditations for forgiveness, compassion, and equanimity
Blueshaper
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Fordrekelv
Mr. Harrison, a South African gay man with AIDS, has written a book that is a primer for Insight Meditation. Although the theme of the book is how to live with pain and suffering (whether medical or mental or social), anyone with an interest in the teaching of the Buddha and instructions on meditation would find this helpful. At the end of thr book the author goes through the "precepts" of Buddhism, such as non-harming, no stealing, no intoxicants. He lists them and then uses stories to show how they work in the everyday world. Mr Harrison's greatest gift in this book, I feel, is that he shows how those who are in the midst of suffering can turn their attention from themselves to others and open their heart to a compassion that may have otherwise gone undiscovered. He deals with the fear of death and anger as well, giving meditational insights into each problem. I gave the book 4 stars only because the writing can be a bit plodding and feels sort of dull after a bit.
salivan
Excellent book of courage and incorporates Buddhism basics. Written with purpose and insight from experience.
Malara
This book has two sides:
on one side it is a touching and impressive story of the writer's difficult life (from child abuse to AIDS) and the way meditation helps him.
On the other side it is a meditation/Buddhism guide, starting brilliantly - comparing the Buddha's life story to every person's personal struggle for liberation but then gets repetitive/boring to the point where i simply couldn't read any longer.
Had the writer focused more on his personal struggle this could have been an excellent book as there are many gems hidden in it's pages, too bad they are too far scattered.
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