Seeing Clearly: A Buddhist Guide to Life

ISBN : 9780190887506

Nicolas Bommarito
320 ページ
127 x 178 mm

Many of us, even on our happiest days, struggle to quiet the constant buzz of anxiety in the background of our minds. All kinds of worries-worries about losing people and things, worries about how we seem to others-keep us from peace of mind. Distracted or misled by our preoccupations, misconceptions, and, most of all, our obsession with ourselves, we don't see the world clearly-we don't see the world as it really is. In our search for happiness and the good life, this is the main problem. But luckily there is a solution, and on the path to understanding it, we can make use of the rich and varied teachings that have developed over centuries of Buddhist thought. With clarity and compassion, Nicolas Bommarito explores the central elements of centuries of Buddhist philosophy and practice, explaining how they can improve your life and teach you to live without fear. Mining important texts and lessons for practical guidance, he provides a friendly guide to the very practical goals that underpin Buddhist philosophy. After laying out the basic ideas, Bommarito walks readers through a wide range of techniques and practices we can adopt to mend ingrained habits. Rare for its exploration of both the philosophy that motivates Buddhism and its practical applications, this is a compassionate guide to leading a good life that anyone can follow.


Part I: Philosophy
1 The Problem
2 The Solution
3 The Buddha
4 Buddhism & Reason
5 Basic Philosophical Questions
6 Heaps & Hurricanes
7 Emptiness
8 Who Do You Think You Are?
9 Nothing is Forever
10 Buddhist Psychology
11 Rebirth & Redeath
12 Karma
13 The Two Truths
14 Living Selflessly
15 Enlightenment
16 Philosophy as Practice
Part II: Practice
17 Varieties of Buddhist Practice
18 A Few Grains of Salt
19 Getting Ready
20 Relics & Veneration
21 Solitude & Meditation
22 Mindfulness of Breathing
23 Mindfulness of Death
24 Flesh & Bones
25 Developing Awareness
26 Kindness & Joy
27 Exchanging Self and Other
28 Sending & Receiving
29 Patience
30 Gifts & Offerings
31 Reading, Writing, and Reciting
32 Sacred Speech
33 Clearing Your Mind
34 Getting Over Yourself


Nicolas Bommarito is assistant professor in the philosophy department at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He received his PhD in philosophy from Brown University and holds a language certification from Tibet University in Lhasa. He is the author of Inner Virtue and draws comics in his spare time, which you can enjoy on his website, www.nicbommarito.com.