Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path . In It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, Sylvia Boorstein, a California-based teacher of Vipassana meditation, weaves together teachings. It’s Easier Than You Think The Buddhist Way to Happiness. By Sylvia Boorstein. A relaxed, down-to-earth primer on Buddhism.
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Return to Book Page. It’s Easier Than You Think: Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha’s basic teachings, shows how to eliminate hindrances to clear seeing, and develops a realistic course toward wisdom and compassion.
A wonderfully engaging guide, full of humor, memor Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha’s basic teachings, shows how to eliminate hindrances to clear seeing, and develops a realistic course toward wisdom and compassion.
A wonderfully engaging guide, full of humor, memorable insights, and love. Paperbackpages. Published February 14th by HarperOne first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. If I could remember everything I read in this little book, I would be well on my way to being enlightened.
But I forget so quickly. I suppose that’s why we speak of spiritual “practice”-it’s like exercise. I never “get” it, it’s never “finished. Boorstein’s presence emanates from every page: And above If I could remember everything I read in this little book, I would be well on my way to being enlightened. And above all, human. Of course, the ways in which she and I are “not perfect” don’t bear comparing-but then, comparison is a useless activity anyway.
The book consists of short chapters, sometimes less than a page, rarely more than two that explain or-more often-illustrate a Buddhist concept.
Mostly which I love through personal experiences, anecdotes. It’s like listening to a gentle voice help you along a dark road.
Along with the stories are wonderful nuggets, phrases, that vividly capture a concept or experience. I love the idea that we are “verbs not nouns;” “stories that are telling themselves. And it is the ultimate experience of this book to hear, in a very undramatic, practical voice, that it is easier to love everyone then remember a few and that “ardent loving wishes for others erases personal fear. I’m already missing Boorstein’s voice! View all 6 comments.
Boorstein provides a good introduction to Buddhism and the key concepts. The book is about ghan journey, and she is providing a pathway for others, but her path doesn’t work for me.
Maybe it will work for hoorstein.
It’s easier than you think.
May 20, Mia rated it liked it Shelves: A simple, easy-to-read book that outlines basic tenets of Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
The author applies these concepts to her personal experiences to explain them more fully to the reader. Mar 02, Marshall rated it liked it Shelves: This is a gentle introduction to Buddhism, discussing the basics in the context of many anecdotes of the author and people she knows. The stories were intended to be inspiring, but I didn’t feel all that inspired by them.
Really what I appreciate about the book is the attitude that spiritual living is really pretty plain. Many people can be teachers who know nothing about Buddhism. The point of Buddhism, according to the Buddha himself, is the end of suffering. I think this sounds too ambitious This is a gentle introduction to Buddhism, discussing the basics thxn the context of many anecdotes of the author and people she knows. I think this sounds too ambitious he was, after all, teaching to easiier who devoted their lives to his teachings.
While the author does often speak in terms of ending suffering, she did at one point offer an approach that I liked better: That is more what I’m interested in.
It’s Easier Than You Think Quotes by Sylvia Boorstein
I don’t want to be an enlightened monk who never suffers. I just want tools to help me cope with the really ugly shit in life.
I think this is true for most people. Buddhism has a reputation for being joyless. Having been active in it for years, I can thhink that this reputation is at least partly earned.
It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein
She tries to counter this reputation, suggesting that it’s possible to be very passionate and joyful but also peaceful. I found this a little encouraging but mostly unpersuasive.
One suggestion she makes was pretty dumb. She recommended that you take 60 seconds before responding to people. Can you imagine someone being silent for a full minute after you ask them a question? It’s completely impractical and useless advice. In the audio book I listened to, there was a brief interviewer with her at the end. She did practice her own advice in the interview.
The interviewer even specifically asked her to wait 60 seconds to answer one of his questions. She answered in 10 seconds. Nonetheless, this is a pretty decent little intro to Buddhism, especially if you enjoy little heartwarming stories. Sep 15, Anne-Marie rated it really liked it.
One is a fear that whatever is going on is going to go on forever.
It’s just not true – nothing goes on forever. The other is the fear that, even if it doesn’t go on forever, the pain of whatever is happening will be so terrible we won’t be able to stand it.
Hope this ends my summer hiatus. Mar 30, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was one of the most delightful books I have read in a long time.
Sylvia reveals the simplicity and complexity of Buddhism in everyday life. Sep 03, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. Hope I can remember some of it so I can apply the learnings to my own life and its ups and downs. Boorstein is very relatable and doesn’t claim to be the perfect Buddhist. Feb 24, LeeLee rated it liked it.
Excellent insight into basic Buddhist principles for beginners and the dim-witted. Oct 14, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve found a new writer on happiness, and that’s a happy thing. Sylvia Sylvis shows us how to take a step back from our thoughts and reflect on our reflections before we jump into anger or frustration or annoyance.
It’s Easier Than You Think Quotes
And it really is easier than I thought. Aug 05, Janet added it. Had to buy it to have on hand to re-read. Jun 21, Kristine rated it it was amazing. Unless you never rate your books here, or are a pretty picky reviewer, you probably know that as you select the five-star rating, you get a brief glimpse of the phrase “it was amazing”. When I saw it this time, it struck me that while this book gets an easy five stars from me, I wouldn’t call it ‘amazing’, because that’s not the point.
Sometimes, you don’t want AMAZING, and when I want to ponder something like The Buddhist Way to Happiness, I appreciate that Sylvia’s writing is tihnk even be Unless you never rate your books here, or are a pretty picky reviewer, you probably know that as you select the five-star rating, you get a brief glimpse of the phrase “it was amazing”.
Like Goldilocks’s favourite porridge, it’s never too hot or cold, but warm and comfortable and nourishing. To deliberately strain the metaphor, it’s easy to digest, too!
The chapters are short and sweet, the personal anecdotes down-to-earth and relatable. It’s a lovely, gentle yuo to the concepts of Buddhism as they apply to everyday life. The following excerpt perfectly captures what I love about Sylvia and why I keep hoping I might meet her someday and convince her to be my adopted Buddhist Jewish grandmother: Grandmothers often have the role of spiritual teacher.
My grandmother was my first teacher, and I hope I am carrying on in her tradition. The lesson I learned best from boorsteni was fortitude in the face of disagreeable situations.
Mary is a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and at the time of thknk visit was living in a wonderful, huge convent that had for many years served as the mother house of her order. It had tall, heavy, imposing doors and a very long staircase leading up to them.
Mary had spoken to me about how formidable passing through those big doors had been for her thirty years earlier when she had entered as a novice. Collin didn’t like the entrance either. Now is visiting-Aunt Mary time.