Synopses & Reviews
Stephen Levine has led an extraordinary fife. One of North America's revered spiritual teachers shares the "heart's hunger" of his troubled youth, his work with the seminal figures of the Beat poetry and jazz scene in New York and the psychedelic sixties in San Francisco, and the seeker's journey that led him to encounters with Ram Dass, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and the Dalai Lama.
In this intimate account of compassion and healing, Levine's narrative turns progressively inward as he describes his life's path toward a deeper understanding of "the way of things." A former drug addict become spiritual teacher, Levine describes how he learned to use his life as a jumping-off point from which to teach healing principles and guided meditations. The author lays bare his own understanding of mindfulness, loving kindness, and service (the fundamental pillars of Buddhism) in an account of a life rich with characters immediately recognizable as leaders of the modern Eastern spirituality movement. Levine, through his life and work, embodies the message that personal peace and transcendence are possible for all.
“A remarkable, awesome book written with a poetic velvet pen and a simplicity and honesty that is powerfully inspiring.” Gerald G. Jampolsky MD, author of Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All
“Levine conveys unfolding insights in fresh language that breathe unique vitality into the sometimes cool idiom of American Buddhist writers.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"No Small Feat. A Spiritual masterpiece filled with honesty, insight and meaning." Richard Carlson, author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...And It's All Small Stuff
"Stephen Levine is one of our wisest living teachers...With Turning Toward the Mystery, he continues to inspire." Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Healing the Soul of America
"An account from the heart about the process of opening by a well-known and much loved teacher." Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and A Heart as Wide as the World
“Levine continues where Jack Kerouac left off...Breathtakingly honest, deeply moving, highly recommended.” Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Eat More, Weigh Less
About the Author
Stephen Levine is the bestselling author of many works, including Gradual Awakening. With his wife, Ondrea, Levine has counseled terminally ill people and their loved ones for over thirty years.