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This biography of one of the few women in her generation to devote herself entirely to the pursuit of meditation also includes Dipa Ma's spiritual teachings, which have made her a major figure in contemporary Buddhism....

Title : Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
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ISBN : 9780974240558
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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  • shira
    2019-06-03 00:17

    This collection of sharings about the life of Dipa Ma has stayed with me long since reading the book years ago.The main sense that I've been left with is "inspiring".Dipa Ma had many reasons not to meditate, including health challenges and other aspects of her life situation. Yet her motivation to learn to meditate and her persistence in the face of much loss was heartening.Even as I never had the opportunity to meet Dipa Ma in person, reading this book felt like a connection with her, beyond form. Those who wrote about her were able to bring forth her consciousness. They also expressed some of her humanness in day-to-day life.Definitely recommended for anyone who is interested in living a meditative life.

  • Mike
    2019-06-11 23:33

    This book is a series of stories written by people who knew Dipa Ma, a renowned meditation master within the Theravada tradition. Dipa Ma was acknowledged to have fully developed the 'supranatural powers'. She continued through cultural and institutionalized obstacles along her path as a female meditator, housewife, mother, eventual meditation master and fully engaged teacher within her community. Dipa Ma was taught by Munindra, and many well known meditation instructors in the US, including Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein all give Dipa Ma credit for her influence of expansive loving kindness (metta) on them. This is not as much a book about meditation, as much as it is a life story of Dipa Ma and her challenges and achievements on a path to becoming a meditation master and the impact that she had on the people around her. This book's short stories can be easily read along commutes, and is recommended for anyone seeking inspiration to deepen their practice or to reflect the life of someone who fully embraced metta and a meditative path.

  • Roberta
    2019-06-14 02:13

    Lovely book, really a tribute to a woman who was a Buddhist saint and had a powerful effect on many. Dipa Ma (meaning mother of Dipa) was born in 1911, a descendant of the original Buddhists of India. At 12, she was married to a man of 25. Though she was drawn to meditation at an early age, she lived the life of a "householder," being a wife and mother, making her life her practice. Her meditation continued in earnest, and she attained enlightenment in an astonishingly short time, becoming the teacher of three American Buddhists who brought Buddhism to the West--Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield. The book includes direction and encouragement for meditators and touching, humorous stories like this one: "Dipa Ma and I were on an airplane coming to the States from India. It was very, very turbulent, and at one point the plane hit an air pocket and dropped. Drinks and other objects flew up to the ceiling as the plane dropped downward before hitting stable air again. I kind of screamed. Dipa Ma was sitting across the aisle from me and she reached out and took my hand and she just held it. Then she whispered, "The daughters of the Buddha are fearless."

  • Sparrow Knight
    2019-06-12 02:18

    Largely a collection of reminiscences from her students. Very warm & heartfelt. Inspiring.

  • Mark Robison
    2019-05-26 03:25

    In the 1970s and early 1980s, Dipa Ma taught such Western Buddhist teachers as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, all of whom talk about her in this biography. Unlike most Eastern Buddhist teachers — she was Bengali — Dipa Ma lived with her family in a crowded Calcutta apartment building rather than a monastery or other spiritual center. She was a grandmother who emphasized the ability to reach levels of enlightenment while doing housework and breastfeeding. The book itself is like one of those family biographies an aunt writes and prints off at Kinko’s to distribute at family reunions — and I don’t mean that as a slight, it’s just how the book reads. There’s a bit of background on her early days that feels like a Wikipedia synopsis followed by various themed chapters with quotes from students remembering her. There’s one chapter detailing her supernatural powers: walking through walls, flying above trees, foretelling the future, etc. The female perspective missing in so many Buddhist books was fascinating — for example, one of her supernatural feats was to duplicate her body so when she would walk down the street, there was two of her so men wouldn’t bother her. Of course I don’t believe the supernatural stuff, but as myth, I like it. Excerpt of one of her teachigns: “‘If you practice for a result, then it becomes a hindrance.’ The desire for liberation is nonetheless desire — one of the key hindrances on the spiritual path. At one stage, zeal on the path is useful, and it moves us along; at another stage, this very thing that was so helpful becomes an impediment. We need to recognize when effort has become an obstruction. To stay with what is happening without giving up — sometimes that is all that is possible.” Grade: A-

  • Jamyang Puntsog
    2019-06-09 04:35

    the account of this holy meditator is simply amazing. recollection of clairvoyance and miraculous deeds were stated as if it is simple daily task. An account of her queries and remarks about auto teller machines drew goose pimple reaction from me when I realise the deeper meaning behind her statements. Otherwise it would just be an account of an ignorant Indian woman amazed by modern technology. Inspiring reads for me.

  • Mike
    2019-06-17 23:23

    This book is a series of stories written by people who knew Dipa Ma, a renowned meditation master within the Theravada tradition. Dipa Ma was acknowledged to have fully developed the 'supranatural powers'. She continued through cultural and institutionalized obstacles along her path as a female meditator, housewife, mother, eventual meditation master and fully engaged teacher within her community. Dipa Ma was taught by Munindra, and many well known meditation instructors in the US, including Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein all give Dipa Ma credit for her influence of expansive loving kindness (metta) on them. This is not as much a book about meditation, as much as it is a life story of Dipa Ma and her challenges and achievements on a path to becoming a meditation master and the impact that she had on the people around her. This book's short stories can be easily read along commutes, and is recommended for anyone seeking inspiration to deepen their practice or to reflect the life of someone who fully embraced metta and a meditative path.

  • Clara
    2019-06-03 06:23

    Dipa Ma, someone to whom I was introduced through this book, was a much-loved and respected Buddhist practitioner and meditation teacher. Her story is an excellent example of what tenacity, dedication, and lovingkindness can accomplish, even under very trying circumstances. Dipa Ma ("mother of Dipa," her daughter's name) was prevented from learning and practicing meditation until she was in her forties. Her husband had died of a heart attack, she was poor and a single mother, and a woman in an environment that was highly restrictive to women, yet she threw herself wholeheartedly into her training and her practice.The book is a series of recollections from individuals who knew and learned from Dipa Ma in India and later in the U.S., when she traveled here to teach at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Without exception, each speaker describes her as remarkable: in her commitment to practice, in her generosity, and in her loving attitude toward everyone she met. Amy Schmidt writes simply, in a style I suspect Dipa Ma would have appreciated.

  • Sydney
    2019-05-27 07:34

    It might seem cheesy, but when reading about Dipa Ma, I always get chills. I tend to air on the side of secularism and rationality... ok, actually maybe not always... But here's the thing: it doesn't really matter that Dipa Ma may or may not have been able to levitate, be in two places and once and perform other magical feats. It just makes this book more fun to read. Here's what matters: when asked what she remembers most about Dipa Ma, Sharon Salzberg said "Dipa Ma really loved me." If hearing again and again about how fully loved and seen people felt in the warm presence of this humble and funny woman who devoted her life to practice isn't inspiration and motivation, I don't know what is.

  • Lawrence Rao
    2019-06-03 06:17

    In a lineage where you find mostly men, Dipa ma was a female householder, a mother, a grandmother.......and an enlightened master...excelling her teachers. This short frail woman who is virtually unknown to the general public....has been the teacher of many of the zen masters who originally brought Buddha's teaching to the West. Dipa Ma's life is very inspiring and it gives great hope for householders like me. The fact that Dipa Ma was able to bring mindfulness to everyday mundane activities from cooking, looking after her grandson to doing the laundry, truly inspires me. I feel grateful to the author for having written this book on Dipa Ma, otherwise we would have been deprived of knowing this great soul.

  • Juergen
    2019-06-19 00:39

    A short read but an absolute gem. Along with "Living this Life Fully," about Anagarika Munindra, this book is indispensable in understanding modern Dharma transmission in the West. Munindra and Dipa Ma were two of the most important influences for teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and a host of others. Dipa Ma's personal story of suffering is heart breaking, relatable and ultimately inspiring. The short chapter on attainments along the path of insight is golden. It seems in the West, we tend to mystify "enlightenment" but in countries with strong Theravadan practice, it is a more mundane subject. We ought to wake up to this fact and apply due diligence to our practice :)

  • Jo
    2019-06-06 04:35

    So happy to learn more of Dipa Ma, a rare female Buddhist master. She opened up the teachings to householders in Calcutta, especially to women, whom she advised to meditate as much as they could (even just 5 minutes) and to practice mindfulness throughout the day. Thus, there was a pathway to awakening even for these hard working women. She taught Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield in India in the '70s, and taught retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts in the '80s. She is remembered for her simplicity, powerful teachings, loving compassion, iron will, grace, and presence, full of light. What a woman!

  • Michele
    2019-05-31 05:37

    The hope and optimism of the life of Dipa Ma is wonderfully captured in this short and inspirational biography. While she was an extraordinary woman and overcame many obstacles to reach a state of peace, the stories of the people she touched and the lives she transformed is most extraordinary to me and very stirring. The constant practice of metta (loving-kindness) by Dipa Ma is beautiful and has made me examine my own, often frustrated, interactions with my surroundings. She overcame tragedy and pain before her suffering ended. Why can't I accomplish this, too? Why can't you as well? Dipa Ma would say that we can.

  • Jason
    2019-06-08 01:26

    This is an incredible and inspiring book that radiates with the beauty of meditation, Buddhist practice, and the possibility of enlightenment. There are a lot of books that emphasize how much work it can be to meditate and be mindful; this is a book about the fruits of practice as realized in the life of one woman. If you're looking for a book on Buddhism that is most of all inspiring, I would recommend this book first. Many stories of Dipa Ma from those who knew her and were touched by her life. Written by my amazing therapist, Amy Schmidt.

  • Darren
    2019-06-23 03:28

    The website dipama.org at end of book is no longer available. Would be nice if someone with money and resources to start new website would do that. The more you give the more you receive. I would do it myself, but it would be many lifetimes before I would accomplish it. Wish she would have started meditation earlier than 45 even if in secret. I hope things have or will change in India to prevent something like this from happening again. She could have changed so many more lives if only the time was available.

  • Craig Bergland
    2019-06-20 03:19

    A nice, if somewhat brief, look at Buddhist teacher Dipa Ma. Perhaps the most fascinating part of her story is that she was a householder who taught that it was possible to awaken no matter how busy we are. Having been exposed to some stories about Dipa Ma prior to reading this book, I thought there were some holes in the narrative - but it still makes a nice introduction to her life and teaching.

  • Ojaiandrew
    2019-05-28 03:30

    This is one of my all time favorite books - one of the very few that I return to over and over. It is the incredibly inspirational story of one woman's tragedies and her journey toward awakening. She became teacher to many well known western meditation teachers. I've given many copies away to friends. My only regret is that I gave my copy with color photos away and the new ones are black and white. Highly recommended.

  • Laura
    2019-06-07 03:42

    I loved this book despite the fact that it seemed to be written at an 8th grade reading level. It is the story of a rare female Buddist master, Dipa Ma (1911-89) explaining her path from being a 12-year-old bride to a revered practioner and teacher. Most of the book is a collection of memories shared by people she taught and influenced during her lifetime. Through reading this, Dipa Ma has inspired me to practice meditation more diligently, and to continue my efforts at spiritual growth.

  • Carol
    2019-06-08 00:19

    What a lovely book. It really makes you feel connected to Dipa Ma, and inspired by her. Dipa Ma shows how we can deepen our practice even as a householder, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, without lots of money, any condition a woman can find herself in is not an obstacle to living the dharma. Highly recommended.

  • Stefan
    2019-06-04 02:19

    A simple and straightforward read, consisting mostly of quotes and stories from a variety of people about Dipa Ma. Very inspiring to feel the zest and energy this little lady brought into her practice. Recommended reading for meditators and aspiring Buddhas.

  • Pake Hall
    2019-06-13 06:18

    A very loving portrait of Dipa Ma, a Buddhist meditation master and "Saint" or bodhisattva. Her example is truly inspiring, we can all wake up in whatever circumstances we live. Her words strike a chord in me and I am grateful that this book gives me a chance to connect to her life and teachings.

  • Aditya
    2019-06-10 03:25

    A huge dose of inspiration for those who want to practice while being laity. Every visit to this book is a shot in the arm. Every page of this book is bright light.

  • Ian Birlem
    2019-06-14 03:18

    my daily inspiration, a householder who surmounted staggering personal tragedy to gain the highest levels of enlightenment

  • Jmp
    2019-06-11 04:15

    Wonderful biography. Good photographs. lovely life.

  • Mary
    2019-06-17 23:28

    I like memoirs. This is an inspiring picture of a deeply spiritual Buddhist practitioner.

  • Bethany Weathersbee
    2019-06-02 02:26

    I found this book just as I was wondering if there were any woman Buddhist monks to read about. She really seemed lovely.

  • Michelle Pasanna
    2019-05-29 07:27

    Dipa Ma's boundless love shines through in this book. There are some beautiful accounts of her life but the continuous quotes from her students became tiresome towards the end of the book.

  • Gary
    2019-06-04 23:38

    A super inspirational book. I "heard" Dipa Ma's voice while reading, encouraging me to practice MORE! Totally entertaining read.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-23 00:33

    A very simple collection of memoirs and stories from Dipa Ma's students, but very enjoyable and inspirational to read about this extraordinary-yet-ordinary person.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-17 05:34

    The book is a 4, but Dipa Ma is a 5: the Nike spokeswoman of meditation: JUST DO IT!