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Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Livingby Allan Lokos
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An elegantly packaged "pocket-size" guide to weathering life's storms
We live in a turbulent world in which we are often forced to respond on a dime to challenging or even life-altering situations. To react wisely in difficult moments one needs to be quick on one's feet, but also quick of mind. In Pocket Peace, interfaith minister and Buddhist practitioner Reverend Allan Lokos provides readers with concise yet incisive daily "pocket practices" that will enable them to act in accordance with their truest and best selves.
If you want to run a marathon, you must train slowly and purposefully for months. Likewise, if you want to be your best self and learn to confront whatever comes your way with kindness, compassion, and generosity, you need to . . . practice. This elegantly packaged little book is full of wisdom and teachings the reader can literally pull from their pocket each day. A small yet powerful spiritual companion that intertwines personal anecdotes and age-old wisdom with practical guidance, Pocket Peace sets readers on the path to inner peace and lasting happiness.
"Simple exercises based on the 10 paramis (paramitas), or perfections, described in Buddhist philosophy are scattered throughout the pages of this short book. Lokos, founder of New York's nonsectarian Community Meditation Center and an interfaith minister, has studied with teachers from various Buddhist traditions; he offers eclectic anecdotes and personal reflections on such virtues as generosity, patience, loving kindness, and truthfulness. The author is proficient at identifying ordinary choices — making a phone call, passing a street person asking for money — that can contribute to spiritual growth. Gentle and compassionate practices range from the specific ('sincerely praise others' words or deeds') to the general ('don't hold grudges'). However, simple truths and profound Buddhist insights such as impermanence and interdependence jostle with clichs and self-help platitudes. Some unfortunately chosen examples (Lokos illustrates 'relinquishing' with giving up his weekend home) weaken this earnest, well-meaning book. Readers new to daily practices may find these snippets useful; others may want to dig more deeply into the many excellent books on Buddhist mindfulness training." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A small yet powerful spiritual companion that intertwines personal anecdotes and age-old wisdom with practical guidance, "Pocket Peace" sets readers on the path to inner peace and lasting happiness.
About the Author
Allan Lokos is the founder/guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center and the director of the Community of Peace and Spirituality in New York City. A former professional singer who was in the Broadway productions of Oliver! and Pickwick, Lokos teaches the interfaith perspective and core Buddhist practices at New York Insight Meditation Center, The New Seminary, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and Marymount College. A regular contributor to Tricycle magazine, he lives in New York City.
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