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According to the Buddha, the path of kindness is the path of happiness. Now Sylvia Boorstein, nationally bestselling author of It’s Easier Than You Think, has taken the 2500-year-old practice of developing the qualities of a compassionate heart—the core of the Buddha’s own practice—and made it accessible to all. Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake is the first book ever to guAccording to the Buddha, the path of kindness is the path of happiness. Now Sylvia Boorstein, nationally bestselling author of It’s Easier Than You Think, has taken the 2500-year-old practice of developing the qualities of a compassionate heart—the core of the Buddha’s own practice—and made it accessible to all. Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake is the first book ever to guide Western readers on the path of the Buddha’s Ten Paramitas, the Perfections of the Heart. Boorstein combines traditional Buddhist teachings and parables with stories from her own life, as well as easy-to-follow meditations, to show how the practice of Mindfulness—paying attention in everyday life—can lead to these perfections that all of us strive for, including Generosity, Morality, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Determination, and Equanimity.When we take on this practice, Boorstein notes, “our vision becomes transformed. We see, with increasing clarity, the confusion in our own minds and the suffering in our own hearts. . . . And we also see the extraordinariness of life, how amazing it is that life exists.” Boorstein’s lively and practical lessons about everyday generosity, morality, making and mending mistakes, the bliss of blamelessness, and other human concerns and frailties, help to clarify our distractions and connect us with our own goodness, “the part of ourselves that wishes it had done differently.”For Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake is a cheerful, inspiring book that offers the possibility of a transformed life....

Title : Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart--The Buddhist Path of Kindness
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Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart--The Buddhist Path of Kindness Reviews

  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    2018-10-14 14:19

    Inspiration for living in a world that will make you crazy! I will buy this one so I can re-read and refer to it as necessary. I highly recommend for anyone who feels the need for more peace in their life. Sylvia Boorstein's style is so warm and friendly and accessible. She's a treasure.

  • D
    2018-10-01 16:26

    The ParamitasGenerosityMoralityRenunciationWisdomEnergyPatienceTruthfulnessDeterminationLovingkindnessEquanimityFour Noble TruthsI. Life is challenging. For everyone. Our physical bodies, our relationships -- all our life circumstances -- are fragile and subject to change. We are always accommodating.II. The cause of suffering is the mind’s struggle in response to challenge.III. The end of suffering -- a nonstruggling, peaceful mind -- is possible.IV. The program -- the Eightfold Path -- for ending suffering is 1. Understanding - realizing the cause of suffering 2. Intention: motivation to end suffering 3. Speech: Speaking in a way that cultivates clarity 4. Action: Behaving in ways that maintain clarity 5. Livelihood: Supporting oneself in a wholesome way 6. Effort: Cultivating skillful mind habits 7. Concentration: Cultivating a steady, focused, easy mind 8. Mindfulness: Cultivating alert, balanced attentionWhen we see clearly, we behave impeccably out of love on behalf of all beings.Do no harm to anyoneTake nothing that is not freely givenSpeak truthfully and helpfullyUse sexual energy wiselyKeep the mind clear.Three Characteristics of Experience1. Everything is always changing (impermanent)2. Suffering is extra tension created in the mind when it struggles3. Nothing has a substance existence apart from contingency (interdependence)Everyone coming and going ~ how heroic people around, everyone walking around in the middle of their whole personal life of suffering and happiness, doing the best they canYou’re not going to get to do today over.What’s going on here that I don’t see?What am I missing?What would open my heart of lift it up?Patience, by definition, can only be present in response to a visiting stress. Patience depends on being able to feel at home, to relax in the middle of tensionPatience remains present as long as the mind remembers that things endConcentration keeps the mind tranquil and the body comfortable so that Patience can keep itself from running out.Each new moment of experience is related to the previous one, contingent on it but different. Think of developing Patience as practicing abiding in the moment.We could choose not to hurry, not to miss this moment, not to miss our lives. We could abide.Think it over for a long time.A wise person, upon acknowledging the truth,becomes like a lake;clear and deep and still.Find friends who love the truth. - BuddhaSgt Friday - Dragnet: Just the factsMay I feel protected and safe.May I feel contented and pleased.May my physical body provide me with strength.May my life unfold smoothly with ease.EM Forster: A Passage to India: Only connect.Wherever you are right no, pay attention. Forever.

  • Diane
    2018-10-22 09:15

    The right book for my current state of mind. Thanks Sylvia Boorstein.

  • Jim Lavis
    2018-10-11 09:18

    What a wonderful book. Sylvia, the author, touches my heart. She has the knack of simplifying personal challenges through stories that offer a solution based on Buddhist principles that are practical. Her stories are so thought provoking they challenge the way readers look at their own dilemmas. As many of you know, I read these books to help center my thoughts around mindfulness. Often life’s challenges disrupt and influence our decisions in a negative way, and these inspirational books guide me in choosing a compassionate way of viewing my own troubles. It has been a true gift to have her as a trusted advisor through her works. I hope one day I’ll have the privilege of meeting Ms. Boorstein.

  • Mark Gelula
    2018-10-11 12:16

    This is a well done book which covers the 10 Paramitas. Boorstein has been at this for 50 years and she really has great insight. I like her "spread sheet"-like approach to the ten Paramitas, giving suggestions for how to think about and translate them into daily meditation and action.This is a good book for "Buddhist" beginners and a very good book for those with sitting and practice experience.

  • Cindywho
    2018-10-14 08:04

    Sylvia Boorstein organizes and presents and illustrates with stories in a cheerful tone the 10 Paramitas or Buddhist virtues. At first I was put off by her personality. She seems like a happy extrovert who has lots of friends to share her spiritual journey with and a genuine desire to perfect herself. Feeling like her polar opposite, I took a little time to sit with the resentment I feel for not being like that and the book grew on me and I enjoyed it more.

  • Joyce
    2018-09-23 16:32

    One of the best books, I think, on understanding the Buddhist path.Boorstein is kind, funny and authentic. The concepts are set out in an understandable format with personal anecdotes that further illustrate various ideas.I highly recommend for anyone interested in learning more about developing a kinder heart.

  • Bernadette
    2018-09-30 10:22

    Sylvia Boorstein is the perfect antidote to my days of uncertainty and unease. In this book, she extols the virtues of mindfulness, providing a quick and dirty outline of Buddhist paramitas (or virtues) and how we can apply them to our own lives. I love her conversational tone and complete accessibility.

  • MaryLynn
    2018-09-24 10:23

    I really liked this book even though I normally require a book that has a plot. I thought the author inserted herself into it a bit much, but I really liked the points she made. I resolved to slow down, pay better attention to those around me, and be more compassionate. I do not ever see myself meditating, but there is still lots to learn from this book.

  • Francine
    2018-10-09 14:25

    I am a big fan of Sylvia Boorstein. She writes in clear and simple language with wit. I've read this book before so it was easy to breeze through it in a couple of days in order to get a refresher.Highly Recommended.

  • Courtney
    2018-09-29 08:15

    There were many times that I was struggling with something and Boorstein's description would help me unravel my problem. I enjoyed the straightforward nature of this book; I see myself coming back to it many times, like I do with Pema Chodron's work.

  • Brooke
    2018-10-10 14:10

    Beautiful. Not all the chapters spoke to me, but those that did we're wonderful and heart-opening. The Lovingkindness and Equanimity chapters were particularly helpful for me in dealing with my grief.

  • Suzanne Lybeer
    2018-10-15 12:22

    Clear and practical

  • abooklvr
    2018-10-22 09:05

    Wonderful & inspiring!

  • Litbitch
    2018-10-03 08:02

    Another lovely Boorstein book - this one has a specific meditation suggestion in each chapter, each addressing a specific paramits (perfection of the heart).

  • Leslie
    2018-10-12 15:16

    Sit...

  • Martinp
    2018-10-17 11:24

    A simple and easy-to-read book on mindfulness.

  • Robert
    2018-09-27 13:11

    Second reading and still good.

  • Joe
    2018-10-17 08:24

    to be perfectly honest, this is our "bathroom book" which is perfect since the passages are short and poignant.

  • Sandra
    2018-10-04 09:07

    Sylvia has such an easy way about her. She writes as if she is talking to you. I loved this book!

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-11 09:09

    I love this book. I go back to it again and again. It's really about putting practices into your life that make you more aware, kinder, and ultimately happier. Highly recommended.

  • Jenn
    2018-10-12 12:22

    i gave up. i don't do much in the "self-help" genre of books and i couldn't get motivated to read it. maybe i'll pick it up at another point.

  • Jenette Jenkins
    2018-10-14 08:03

    I just finished it, and I'm starting it again immediately. It has meant so much to me. Hard to even express it.

  • Bette
    2018-09-27 09:02

    Great step by step guide to living with acute attention to every little thing.

  • Serafina Sands
    2018-10-14 15:28

    once again, Sylvia explains Buddhism in plain language and every day examples.