Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path . In It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, Sylvia Boorstein, a California-based teacher of Vipassana meditation, weaves together teachings. It’s Easier Than You Think The Buddhist Way to Happiness. By Sylvia Boorstein. A relaxed, down-to-earth primer on Buddhism.

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She tries to counter this reputation, suggesting that it’s possible to be very passionate and joyful but also peaceful. This is a very good book about the possibilities found through Buddhist practice. Hope I can remember some of it sylvis I can apply the learnings to my own life and its ups and downs.

It’s easier than you think.

Thibk each chapter being no more than three with the exception of one that is still only about seven pages long, it makes it a very easy to understand book with no confusing details. Nonetheless, this is a pretty decent little intro to Buddhism, especially if you enjoy little heartwarming stories. This is the second time I have read this book. Boorstein is easker relatable and doesn’t claim to be the perfect Buddhist.

She recommended that you take 60 seconds before responding to people. Just like the weather, they blow in and out.

Jun 13, Bill Krieger rated it it was ok.

However, as it says on the front, it generally does not stray from the ‘path to happiness’, so maybe if you are interested in the deepest realms of Buddhism, it might not be your cup of tea. I swear this is in the book. It means we should act carefully. To deliberately strain the metaphor, it’s easy to digest, too!


If suffering is what happens when we struggle with our experience because of our inability to accept it, then suffering is an optional extra [p. The book is about her journey, and she is providing a pathway for others, but her path doesn’t work for me. Mary is a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and at the time of our visit was living in a wonderful, huge syvlia that had for many years served as boorrstein mother house of her order.

Quotes from It’s Easier Than Mar 02, Marshall rated it liked it Shelves: Sylvia reveals the simplicity and complexity of Buddhism in everyday life.

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Most importantly, I firmly believe that things like happiness and control are easier than they are presented a lot of times. Obviously, not rocket science. A wonderfully engaging guide, full of humor, memorable insights, and love. Boorstein provides a good introduction to Buddhism and the key concepts.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I never “get” it, it’s never “finished. And it is the ultimate experience of this book to hear, in a very borstein, practical voice, that it is easier to love everyone then remember a few and that “ardent loving wishes for others erases personal fear.


The essence of mind, unencumbered by confusion, is ultimately spacious. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I hope I can remember every single little thing so that I can apply the learnings to my own daily life. Overall I enjoyed this book. May 31, Harley rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s been wonderful for me I think this is true for most people.

Open Preview See a Problem? Fear doesn’t frighten me as much as it used to. And above all, human. She writes with humor and humility. If someone holds our hand, “frightened” changes thonk “interested,” and “interested” is one of the Factors of Enlightenment. I loved this book and would like to own a copy of it. I love the idea that we are “verbs not nouns;” “stories that are telling themselves.

It’s Easier Than You Think Quotes by Sylvia Boorstein

And it really is easier than I thought. She answered in 10 seconds. In this chapter Silvia not only relates the interview she watched, she proceeds to give step by step instructions to introduce the reader to meditation and what to expect during meditation. Sign in with Facebook Boorxtein in options. That is more what I’m interested in. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act.