This book is a guide to something that is totally vacant in this culture . As an American, I can say that it is an extremely fortunate occurance that His Holiness has opened these teachings. As there is no guide whatsoever in the West for after death states , this is probably the most important material one could ever hear.I also suggest getting the book and reading it too. Also the following book [ which is on Audible] by His Holiness "How to practice" gives one the steps to actuate this in their lives now.
This book has filled so much open space in my knowledge of Centering Prayer. Having met Father Keating in 1987 and having read his fascinating informative and inspiring books as well as practiced Centering Prayer ever since. This new look at the topic is like fresh air in its different approach! It is written so lovingly and with such depth of understanding and background on this source of Contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, I feel nourished by all the hitherto unknown information. The exact method is discribed for beginners and those familiar to this ancient prayer form.
I have recommended this reading [ and now the hard copy book ] to my entire group of friends both Christian and non Christian.
There are really no words for the spiritual value of Basil Pennington's work.
Thank you for this opportunity
Not only would I listen to this again, I listen to it daily!
This generic question needs to read the question and look at this book. The title should give you a clue. But I will say that even Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan book of Living and Dying is the only book in the ball park for any sort of comparison. This translation and most especially Bob Thurman's delivery is quintessentially American . Yes , Bob is a real American Buddhist teacher amongst a growing handful.
I have listened to Bob Thurman before. First at the San Francisco Zen Center. He is a delight. Totally insightful and yet not too
My extreme reaction to this is : This is by far the best most easily accessed translation of the teaching to date.
After practicing Tibetan Buddhism beginning in Scotland in 1970 to this date, I have found Bob's manner and insight into the teachings perfectly suited to this moment in human history. Thank you my friend for persevering...
As a Buddhist practitioner for the past 42 years, I can only say how wonderful it must be for new Sangha members to be able to hear these teachings presented in such a natural easy to understand way. As with almost any Truth the actual practice could take a life time and depending on how much resistance, might also be quite painful.Of all her recorded retreats my recommendation would be this one. Yet , I may like it most because it is the newest. Thank you old friend,
Scott [ from Colorado]
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