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Title:
Faith : trusting your own deepest experience
Author:
Salzberg, Sharon.
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Publication Information:
New York : Riverhead Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
xv, 176 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781573222280
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Book

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Summary

Faith. It's a word loaded with promise and controversy. It's a word often misunderstood. We're tried and tested, some days feeling that everything is right with the world, some days feeling lost and alone. Maybe we think that the innocent, lucky few have faith, and those more worldly couldn't possibly. Or, that we have to give up independence to attain it. Stripping away negative conceptions that dismiss faith as being divisive or requiring blind adherence to a belief system, Sharon Salzberg offers discerning wisdom on understanding faith as a healing quality, a refuge that can be nurtured in us all. In her beautifully written book we find that faith is neither blind nor ignorant. Salzberg shows how to combine devotion and the intellect to develop a genuine ease with ourselves and the world.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Current world events show that we need to find fresh ways to think about faith. Just at the right moment, Buddhist teacher Salzberg (Lovingkindness) offers a deeply personal and luminously honest work that makes faith relevant to us all. Unyoking faith from its usual association of adherence to systems of belief (and even the belief that we have no faith), she allows it to be a verb, an act of offering and affirmation that can heal and enlarge our lives. "Faith is the animation of the heart that says, `I choose life,' " she writes. "This spark of faith is ignited the moment we think, `I'm going to go for it. I'm going to try.' " In 1970, as a shy, 18-year-old college student, Salzberg recounts, she decided to travel to India to learn to meditate. She had lived cocooned in sadness since her mother died when she was young, until a course in Buddhism sparked the intuition that life held possibilities that could make her future different than her past. She went for it. In the rich stories that follow, Salzberg describes how that first flare of faith ignited the next, how a path appeared step by step, light by light, as she encountered teachers and friends and, finally, her own innate wisdom and compassion. True faith, according to Salzberg, is the action of the heart opening to admit life in all its unknown potential. It does not need to constrict around a particular belief or view, because it flows from an inner sense of reality, "a homing instinct for freedom." Salzberg shows that, in its essence, faith is a love of life that breaks out as it is exposed to real forces. Truth feeds faith. This is a work of great truth and great heart. It will help everyone who reads it. 10-city author tour; British rights to Thorsons; first serial to O magazine and Modern Maturity. (Aug). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 The journey of faithp. 1
Chapter 2 Falling in love: bright faithp. 24
Chapter 3 Verifying faith: claiming the right to questionp. 44
Chapter 4 Faith and fearp. 74