Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual by Noah Levine

By Noah Levine

Buddha was once a innovative. His perform was once subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened standpoint went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the area, and now they could swap you too.

Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, workouts, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine courses the reader alongside a religious course that has ended in freedom from agony and has stored lives for 2,500 years. Levine may still comprehend. Buddhist meditation kept him from a lifetime of dependancy and crime. He went directly to information and train numerous others the Buddhist method to freedom, and right here he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher existence.

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This is done through paying close attention to our states of mind as they arise, including all of the emotional experiences that are felt both mentally and physically. By paying close attention when the experiences of greed or anger are present, we begin to investigate what that state of mind feels like, where it arises from, where it goes, and how we relate to it. This takes a level of intentional nonreactivity: we receive with awareness the state of mind and know it through direct experience, yet we allow it to arise and pass without trying to get rid of it or hold on to it.

It’s that kind of steady and sustainable effort that allows us to make progress on the path of both inner and outer rebellion. The Buddha likened spiritual effort to the tuning of a stringed instrument. If the strings are too tight, it doesn’t play correctly. If the strings are too loose, it doesn’t sound right either. The path to freedom takes great effort and fine-tuning. 7. Mindfulness, or present-time awareness, is essential to finding our way on the eightfold path. In fact, all of the other factors of the path depend on mindfulness of the present moment.

He characterized it as being counterinstinctual to human beings: the natural human instinct is to resist, avoid, or meet with aversion all things that are unpleasant, and to grasp at, hold on to, and crave all things that are pleasurable. He explained that his experience along the whole spiritual path was one that went “against the stream” of ordinary human consciousness. The Buddha felt that the masses would never be willing to practice the kind of renunciation, mindfulness, concentration, and morality that it takes to become free.

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