Nirvana is not to be found in the fulfillment of endless desires, the analysis of profound thoughts, or even hours, days, or years of meditative contemplation. In fact, it is the very act of seeking to obtain happiness, peace, and enlightenment that keeps them out of reach.Nirvana in a Nutshell offers 157 Zen meditations to help you discover what you might be doing (or not doing) in your life to sabotage your goal of reaching inner peace, your own personal paradise. Let go of the quest and become that which you truly seek and you will find your own Nirvana.Nirvana is the state of grace where there is no longer any physical suffering, mental anguish, or unanswered questions. Many assume that the only way to achieve that magical state is if they walk away from the world and enter "the spiritual path." But conflict is a part of life--any kind of life. If you allow your peace to be taken away from you by external occurrences or internal disharmony then you will never know contentment. Peace is an inner triumph.Nirvana is not known, because it has been propagated as the ultimate obtainment. It has been made a desire. But, as Siddhartha Guatama stated, "The cause of suffering is desire." Scott Shaw contends that people are looking for contentment in all the wrong places. read more
Scott Shaw is an accomplished martial artist and practicing Buddhist. He is the author of several books, including Zen O'Clock, Samurai Zen, Ki Process and Tao of Self Defense.read more
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Nirvana is the state of grace where htere is no longer any physical suffering, mental anguish, or unanswered questions. A grand and mind-boggling concept-bigger almost than our ability to understand it. Yet, truly, small enough to package in a nutshell-because Nirvana is as we are, a truth we can let ourselves experience. Scott Shaw brings Nirvana home with 157 brief, spirited, inspiring meditations on the true presence of Nirvana. 'Let go of your desires, begin to embraceinner peace, and Nirvana will not be so distant, so desired, so far off. It will be who yokur are.' Nirvana in a Nutshell helps us see that enlightenment is a gift, a gift readily available for everyone-right here, right now. This is a cautionary book: 'Nobody can give you Nirvana.' This is an encouraging book: 'It's a gift you give yourself.' Nirvana in a Nutshell is a small book that is liable to render big changes in how you see the world-and how it sees your. You'll want to turn to it over and over again. Scott Shaw is an accomplished writer, teacher, martial artist, and practicing Buddhist. He is the author of many books, including About Peace, Zen O'clock, and Tao of Self Defense.read more
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