A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment
by Phakchok Rinpoche; Sophie Wu
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Pub Date 20 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 27 Dec 2022
Shambhala Publications, Shambhala
A Buddhist master’s guide to cultivating dignity through meditation to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
The notion of dignity is crucial to the question of how best to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, particularly for today’s environment in which so many of us experience self-doubt, low self-esteem, and feelings of being trapped by anxiety, dissatisfaction, or even success. How, in such a circumstance, can we gain authentic and unshakeable dignity? In Awakening Dignity, Phakchok Rinpoche draws from the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition to offer a unique and fresh approach to answer this question.
From the Buddhist perspective, dignity is an inherent quality of fundamental wholeness and completeness that we all naturally possess: our true nature is pure and our heart is noble. In this guide, Phakchok Rinpoche shows how knowing that we are whole and complete already—and gaining trust and certainty in that understanding—can counteract the common feeling that we are not enough, that something is missing.
Gaining unwavering trust in ourselves protects us from life’s ups and downs. With genuine dignity, we are not riddled with uncertainty, anxiety, or self-doubt. Rather, we are able to face any circumstance with confidence, clarity, and compassion. Through reflections, examples, and simple meditations—such as embracing adversity and practicing compassion—Awakening Dignity provides all the tools necessary to fully embody our fundamental dignity.
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Encouraging and enlightening, this book reads like taking in fresh gulps of air in the middle of a Zen forest. Authors Rinpoche and Wu remind us that our true nature is pure and our heart is noble. Gaining trust in ourselves and facing adversity with clarity and compassion are necessary tools to move forward with dignity. Recommended for seekers of wholeness and self-compassion. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.