You can change. You can face and work with your suffering. It is possible to become mindful of your habitual patterns, to dissolve them, and to cultivate a more engaged, in-the-moment experience of your life.
Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith tackle these Buddhist basics in graceful, accessible prose. Their beginners guide is rich in information, grounded in personal stories, offers simple techniques for practice, and presents in-depth explorations of Buddhist concepts like karma, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. I know Arinna Weisman as a sensitive, seasoned teacher. Her wisdom shines through in this book, inviting readers to consider new perspectives as they try suggested practices. The book also bows to the authors’ teachers, such as Ruth Denison and Thich Nhat Hanh, and offers guidance in finding appropriate Buddhist practice centers and information on what it’s like to attend a meditation retreat. I would give this guide to any newcomer to Buddhism, offering them a clear, compassionate introduction to the path, true to the spirit of vipassana.