Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth — The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes (Sacred Activism) by Thanissara (Author)



Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable world.

Vital is an investigation into the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, the realization of the “liberated heart.” Thanissara questions the narrative of “transcendence” and invites us into the lived reality of our deepest heart as it guides our journey of healing, reclamation, and redemption. As the book unfolds, the author examines traditional Buddhism–often fraught with gender discrimination–and asks the important question, “Can Buddhist schools, overly attached to hierarchal power structures, and often divorced from the radical and free inquiry exemplified by the Buddha, truly offer the ground for maturing awakening without undertaking a fundamental review of their own shadows?”

Chapter by chapter, the book relates Siddhartha Gautama’s awakening to the sea-change occurring on Earth in present time as we as a civilization become aware of the ethical bankruptcy of the nuclear and fossil fuel industry and the psychopathic corporate and military abuse of power currently terrorizing our planet. Thanissara relates the Buddha’s story to real-life individuals who are living through these transitional times, such as Iraq war veterans, First Nation People, and the Dalai Lama. Time to Stand Up gives examples of the Buddha’s activism, such as challenging a racist caste system and violence against animals, stopping war, transforming a serial killer, and laying down a nonhierarchical structure of community governance, actions that would seem radical even today.

Thanissara explores ways forward, deepening our understanding of meditation and mindfulness, probing its use to pacify ourselves as the cogs in the corporate world by helping people be more functional in a dysfunctional systems–and shows how these core Buddhist practices can inspire a wake-up call for action for our sick and suffering planet Earth.

About the Sacred Activism series
When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social, and political institutions, a radical divine force is born: Sacred Activism. The Sacred Activism Series, published by North Atlantic Books, presents leading voices that embody the tenets of Sacred Activism–compassion, service, and sacred consciousness–while addressing the crucial issues of our time and inspiring radical action.

THANISSARA is Anglo-Irish and originally from London. She trained in the Burmese Vipassana School of Meditation for three years, and was a Buddhist nun in the Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah for twelve years. She has taught Buddhist meditation internationally for thirty years, and has a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy and a Post-Qualification Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from the Karuna Institute of Middlesex University in London. She is a cofounder and guiding teacher of Dharmagiri Meditation Centre (South Africa) and Chattanooga Insight (Tennessee), a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society (Massachusetts), and an affiliated teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center (California). She lives between South Africa and the United States. Thanissara and Kittisaro, her husband and teaching partner, coauthored Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism, and she has written two poetry books, Garden of the Midnight Rosary and The Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra, and Time To Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for the Earth.

♡ Awakening from Separation ♡ A Brilliant Dharma Talk about the Practice of Buddhist Meditation ♡

This talk “Awakening from Separation” given by Thanissara, also known as Linda Mary Peacock, impacted me quite deeply and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you here/now. Having listened to this talk several times, my hearing, learning and understanding of the practice continues to deepen. My desire and intention in posting this talk is simply to help share this Dharma, by getting the word out, and helping as many people as I can by providing links to the teachers, events and organizations that are helping the world to be more kind, compassionate, wise, generous and awake.

This talk was given as part of a free online conference (July 15-17 2016) that was presented by “Embodied Philosophy” and sponsored by the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. The free online event was called, “Radical Presence: Buddhist Teachings for Modern Life” and the talks featured some of the most respected voices in Buddhism. To find out how to purchase the complete set of talks email Embodied Philosophy at: fivetattvas@gmail.com

There is a lovely meditation instruction for cultivating Samadhi by gathering the body, mind & breath starting at 38:00 ♡ “The activity of wisdom is compassion” ♡

(38:26)“We turn our attention to the breath… following the rhythm of the breath… breathing in and breathing out… feeling the breath energy suffusing the body… breathing in and breathing out and training the attention to follow the breath… the attention goes to a subtle experience of breath… as sensations in the body… as we rest there this gathering starts to happen… directly experiencing the whole body… feeling with the whole body… feeling from the inside of the body… calming the mental body… the felt sense body… the physical body… this working with body and breath within the body is the ground and heart of the practice of Samadhi….

For more information about Thanissara her Website is here: http://www.dharmagiri.org/founders.ht…

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