The cultivation of compassion has long been at the core of Naropa University’s mission, since its origins in 1974—and its students and faculty have been leaders in contemplative education with heart. In celebration of Naropa’s fortieth anniversary, Shambhala Publications is pleased to offer these teachings on the path of compassion from a collection of authors who have helped shape the school’s unique and innovative identity, including:
Ch�m Trungpa on opening ourselves more and more to love the whole of humanityDzogchen Ponlop on how to cultivate altruism with the help of a spiritual mentorJudith L. Lief on the common obstacles to compassion and how to overcome themGaylon Ferguson on awakening human-heartedness in oneself and society amidst everyday lifeDiane Musho Hamilton on connecting to natural empathy and taking a compassionate approach to conflict resolutionReginald A. Ray on spiritual practices for developing the enlightened mind and heart in the Mahayana Buddhist traditionRingu Tulku on the practices of bodhisattvas, those who devote themselves to the path of enlightenment for the sake of all beingsPema Ch�n on building up loving-kindness for oneself and others with help from traditional Buddhist slogansKen Wilber on what it really means to be a support person, with reflections from his own lifeKaren Kissel Wegela on avoiding caregiver’s burnout and staying centered amidst our efforts to help those in needand reflections on Naropa University and the meaning of radical compassion from longstanding faculty member Judith Simmer-Brown
How can I be the person I want to be when I’m stuck in a job I hate? How is it possible to stay present in an era of nearly constant distractions? Can I pick someone up at a bar or club and still call myself spiritual?
This nitty-gritty guide to life for the spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious uses Buddhist teachings to answer those burning questions and a host of others related to going out, relationships, work, and social action. Based on Lodro Rinzler’s popular advice columns, Walk Like a Buddha offers wisdom that can be applied to just the sort of dilemmas that tend to arise for anyone making even a modest attempt to walk like a Buddha—that is, to live with honesty, wisdom, and compassion in the face of whatever life surprises you with.