In this lively book, three acclaimed Buddhist teachers offer unorthodox wisdom for living through difficult times. Sylvia Boorstein, Zoketsu Norman Fisher, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche draw from their personal experiences, as well as their many years of practice, to illustrate how Buddhist teachings can provide practical and clear guidance in event he most difficult situations. Solid Ground includes five guided meditations for soothing our thoughts in troubled times and increasing our capacity for equanimity and joy.
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1) Suffering can be differentiated from pain. Life is difficult, there’s pain in life. But suffering is the extra tension in the mind that is unable to accommodate change and accept the truth of its experience. Those are the first two noble truths, life is difficult, and suffering is the tension in the mind that insists that its experience be different from the way it is. It’s the imperative in the mind that this moment be different.