Abraham by Bruce Feiler

By Bruce Feiler

During this well timed, provocative, and uplifting trip, the bestselling writer of jogging the Bible searches for the guy on the center of the world's 3 monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.

At a second whilst the area is calling, “Can the religions get along?” one determine could be the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One guy holds the major to our inner most fears -- and our attainable reconciliation. Abraham.

Bruce Feiler set out on a private quest to raised comprehend our universal patriarch. touring in struggle zones, mountaineering via caves and historic shrines, and sitting down with the world's major non secular minds, Feiler uncovers interesting, little-known info of the fellow who defines religion for part the world.

Both quick and undying, Abraham is a robust, common tale, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the guy God selected to be his associate. considerate and encouraging, it bargains a unprecedented imaginative and prescient of wish that may redefine what we expect approximately our pals, our destiny, and ourselves.

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Pat Padilla has provided rare secretarial service, typing and retyping the manuscript rapidly and impeccably, always with cheerful helpfulness and interest; her contribution is central. Lenore Friedman’s fine informal picture of Joko and her teachings, in Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America (Boston and London: Shambhala, 1987) was helpful to me in writing the Preface. The vision of John Loudon at Harper & Row has ultimately made the book possible. With the help of his assistant, Kathryn Sweet, he has guided the book to completion.

It’s that kind of samadhi. Now that’s one kind, and it’s valuable. But what we have to do in Zen practice is much harder. We have to pay attention to this very moment, the totality of what is happening right now. And the reason we don’t want to pay attention is because it’s not always pleasant. It doesn’t suit us. As human beings we have a mind that can think. We remember what has been painful. We constantly dream about the future, about the nice things we’re going to have, or are going to happen to us.

That is all there is to it. There is no clinging to the anger, no mental spinning with it. I don’t mean that years of practice leave us like a zombie. Quite the opposite. We really have more genuine emotions, more feeling for people. We are not so caught up in our own inner states. STUDENT: Would you please comment on our daily work as part of our practice? JOKO: Work is the best part of Zen practice and training. No matter what the work is, it should be done with effort and total attention to what’s in front of our nose.

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