Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Geri Larkin

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1587613298

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A humorous and honest collection of Buddhist wisdom from a Western beginner'­s perspective.

Instead of promising a straight and clear path to enlightenment, author and teacher Geri Larkin shows us that even stumbling along that path can lead to self-discovery and awakening, especially if we prize the journey and not the destination. With candor, affection, and earthy wisdom, Larkin shares her experiences as a beginning and continuing Buddhist. This spirituality classic shows any seeker that it's possible to stumble, smile, and stay Zen through it all.

 

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consciousness. I’d probably be a great candidate for hypnosis. We are what we think. If someone says something that we think is just wrong or stupid, we can suddenly find ourselves better than them, somehow on a higher plane. We are what we think. If the medical community has taught us anything in recent years, it is how intimately connected our health is to what is going on in our minds. If we are consumed with worry and anxiety—which is true for many of us—heart disease, immune system

have been in the winter. Sitting quietly in meditation I suddenly noticed the sound of rushing water, like a stream. My first reaction was to think I was hallucinating, but when the sound continued even after I slapped myself on the cheek, I turned on the light and saw that the room was flooded almost to where I was sitting. When I looked around to see where all the water had come from I found a spot on the ceiling where water was leaking—a drop at a time—from a pipe in the upstairs bathroom. One

house. Once he yelled so loudly at roaches that had decided to share one of the temples, they scurried off as fast as their little legs would carry them, never to be seen again. And he yells a lot. He has yelled at everyone I know who has been a serious student. I remember that the second time I ever saw him was when he marched into the Ann Arbor temple on a visit from Chicago and proceeded to yell at all the mistakes he saw in the setup of the temple. “What is this?” “Why is this here?” “The

desperately to be doing something else. It has meant that I’ve chosen to believe that there will be benefits derived from spiritual practice, even if they aren’t immediately obvious. This is the kind of faith you see in little kids climbing a slide for the first time, certain that their parent will be there to catch them even when they see them talking to someone else as they climb the slide’s stairs. And sure enough their parents are at the bottom of that slide at the precise moment when, if

desperately to be doing something else. It has meant that I’ve chosen to believe that there will be benefits derived from spiritual practice, even if they aren’t immediately obvious. This is the kind of faith you see in little kids climbing a slide for the first time, certain that their parent will be there to catch them even when they see them talking to someone else as they climb the slide’s stairs. And sure enough their parents are at the bottom of that slide at the precise moment when, if

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