The Path to Peace
Also available as an audiobook! Listen to a sample here.
- Shambhala Publications07/19/2022Pages: 176Size: 5 x 7.75ISBN: 9781611809503Details
Listen to author and editor Leigh Brasington discuss The Path to Peace and his teacher, Ayya Khema.
The Venerable Ayya Khema was beloved for her crystal-clear presentation, the extremely practical guidance she always gave, and the open-hearted quality of her teachings. In The Path to Peace, she presents a complete course in the active and intentional process to cultivate peace through metta, unconditional love. Peace is the sum of many parts, namely the fifteen wholesome qualities the Buddha himself noted in the Metta Sutta, including usefulness, mildness, humility, contentment, receptivity, and others. Ayya Khema expertly guides us through each individual condition, along with ten guided visualization meditation practices, using her trademark humor and personal narrative to help each reader shape their own path to self-transformation.Extras
Also available as an audiobook! Listen to a sample here.Author BioVen. Ayya Khema was born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1923 and escaped the Nazi regime in 1938. She was ordained a Theravadin Buddhist nun in 1979 and established a forest monastery near Sidney, Australia; a training center for nuns in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and, later, Buddha-Haus, a meditation center in the Allgäu, Germany. Among her books are When the Iron Eagle Flies; Being Nobody, Going Nowhere; Who Is My Self?; and an autobiography, I Give You My Life. She passed away in 1997.
Leigh Brasington studied the jhanas with the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach retreats on the jhanas. He was also empowered to teach by Jack Kornfield. He teaches numerous jhana retreats throughout the year, at venues that include Cloud Mountain, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Gaia House, Vallecitos, and Southern Dharma. This is his first book.Praise
"A survivor of war and anti-Semitism, Ayya Khema embodied an all-forgiving compassion. She lived with great courage. In the California desert, on the Nuns’ Island in Sri Lanka, in Germany and New Mexico and other venues, she gave her clear, concise exposition of the Buddha’s teachings—advocating for women’s full participation in the Buddhist world and founding organizations and practice centers to awaken the flame of Dharma in everyone’s heart. In this book, Ayya Khema highlights the muscularity of Buddhist practice, the mindful effort necessary for the cultivation of love—first for ourselves and then reaching out to cradle our beleaguered world. In plain language she guides us to transform our suffering to joy in every aspect of our lives as we walk the path to peace." —Sandy Boucher, author of Turning the WheelSelected Reader Reviews