Solid Ground (Paperback)

Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times

By Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fisher

Parallax Press, 9781935209812, 136pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2007

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Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times is a lively and topical book that offers guidance on how to respond to the individual crises that inevitably arise in all of our lives as well as to the political, economic, and social challenges society is currently facing. The issue of difficulty in life is at the very essence of Buddhism. The first noble truth could certainly be translated as "life is full of difficulties." And the remaining noble truths could be seen as Buddhism’s analysis of our difficulties and of a path to working with them. Celebrated Buddhist teachers Sylvia Boorstein, Zoketsu Norman Fisher, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche use their diverse wisdom to address the immediate and practical concerns in our lives and to explore the most basic and profound questions of Buddhism: the difficulty of life in general and how we can work with that and ameliorate it.

Filled with humor and personal stories, Solid Ground offers specific teachings for concrete situations as well as a way to explore the larger questions of finding equanimity in difficult times.

About the Author

Sylvia Boorstein: Sylvia Boorstein, teaches mindfulness and leads retreats across the United States. She is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Boorstein is also a practicing psychotherapist. Her previous books are It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness and Don't Just Do Something, Sit There. She lives with her husband, Seymour Boorstein, a psychiatrist. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. 

Norman Fischer: Norman Fischer is co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, where he has practiced for many years. He was ordained as a Zen priest in 1980, and teaches Zen meditation regularly in Canada and Mexico, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published six volumes of poetry and two prose books, most recently a Dharma book for and about young people called Taking Our Places: Mentoring Young People Coming of Age. Norman is married and the father of grown twin sons. He lives with his wife near Green Gulch Farm Zen center at Muir beach, California. Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide for over 15 years about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher and is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between Western research in neuroscience and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.