Lessons of the Lotus: Practical Spiritual Teachings of a Travelling Buddhist Monk
Author: Bhante Y. Wimala
Publisher: Bantam Book, New York
Published Year: 1997
Summary: Lessons of the Lotus is set up like a question answer book about Buddhist practices. Each chapter starts off with a question you should ask yourself and after reading it you are asked to take time to reflect. Once you have given yourself sufficient time to think about how you would answer the question posed you are then invited to share the personal story that Wimala offers as an illustration of the answer. After the heartfelt stories you are then provided a conversation on Buddhist practices.
Topics explored in this book include; meditation, karma, healing the mind and the body split among many others.
Favorite Quotes from the Book:
“Our wholesome essence, the Buddha- nature within, is similar to the essence of the lotus. In spite of the weeds and dirt surrounding it the lotus flower still blossoms, outshining everything around it. A lotus is a lotus. All that matters, all that is effective, all that shines and all that is seen is the pristine beauty of its blossom.”
“The doctrine of Karma is, in short, that our thoughts are responsible for our destiny in life.”
Review: This book is beautifully written and as comfortable as your favorite old chair you fall right into it. Unlike some moral lesson tales, Wimala’s stories are sincere and powerful. One of my favorites is the story he offers the reader to illustrate that we all have inside us the foundation to achieve spiritual awakening. Wilama tells us of the three year old who watched him mediate and then would take time from her play to meditate herself. It was absolutely beautiful to hear how she would sit under a tree in lotus position and meditate. For its beauty and Buddhist information I give this book 4 out of 5. It is only not a five because there were topics in the book that were not as compelling as others. For example the section on cohabitating with the environment was not to the level as others as far as sincere reflection on Wimala’s part as to what it really means to the Buddhist to appreciate and respect the environment around them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhism or just wants to be inspired.
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