Synopses & Reviews
After years of searching and trying different spiritual practices, the Buddha reached a powerful conclusion: he saw that everything is impermanent and unpredictable, so there is nothing external to himself that he could rely on; and, at the same time, he saw that trying to attain happiness through denying his basic human existence and essential needs would only lead to fixation and confusion. What was the correct path? He couldn't see it. So he continued to consider and investigate the contradiction.
By telling the story of the Buddha's awakening, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel shows us that by contemplating hard questions, and by not simply rejecting seeming contradictions in his experience, the Buddha became enlightened. And this method can lead spiritual seekers to their own answers.
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How do we find a resting place in a world that is complex and always changing? How do we practice spirituality beyond the limits of blind acceptance and doubt? Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel proposes that when we ask challenging questions like these, we access our deepest intelligence and most powerful insights. “When we ask a question,” she suggests, “our mind is engaged yet open. The process of inquiry protects us from our tendency to reach static conclusions. Instead, we can respond to uncertainty and change with inquisitiveness and a sense of wonder.” Her book guides us on a provocative, playful, and spiritually enriching journey of contemplation that could last a lifetime.
About the Author
Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel is the wife of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzigar Kongtrül and the editor of two of his books (It’s Up to You and Light Comes Through). She has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for twenty-five years under his guidance and completed years of solitary retreat. As a Buddhist teacher, she leads weekend retreats throughout the United States and Europe.