A Search for Meaning. Connecting with Buddhist Teachers.
Sherry Tara Marshall
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
A Search for Meaning is a book about people just like us, discovering the true meaning of Life through meeting a Buddhist teacher. Love, sexuality, relationships, spirituality, money, fame and power are topics that frequently interest us. These are modern, contemporary stories of love and relationships, happiness and devotion grounded in an ancient tradition established 2,500 years ago with the birth of Buddhism. These secrets were closed to the rest of the world until 1959. It was thought that Tibet was the hidden land, sometimes called Shangri La, a mythical kingdom which in Tibetan means, ‘the sun and moon in heart.’ In the West we have developed technologically but in the isolated land of Tibet, the mind was developed to a degree unknown to us.
The book includes many nationalities, including Americans and australians, Asian and African, English, French, German and Swiss etc. The students have a cross section of different backgrounds and jobs, religions, race, sexuality and life situations. They include the author of ‘Facing death and finding Hope,’ who was President and Director of a hospice in California. Also a mother who is a caterer and interior designer for George Harrison of the Beatles. There is also an osteopath and naturopath, a translator and editor; a dentist, a designer, a psychotherapist, a television and newspaper columnist and an opera singer.
They talk openly and honestly about, for example, the joys and challenges of meditation, making mistakes, doubt and anger, being gay in a Buddhist community, the position of women, unpredictability and impermanence and trust and fear. They explain their understanding of the profound love of devotion and compassion, habitual patterns, ego, therapy, love and addiction. Their descriptions of the journey of their relationship with their teacher and in their communities and dealing with life, loss and death are heart-warming and sometimes heartbreaking.
“On the surface I appeared to be doing all right but inside there was a volcano of unresolved emotions and confusion about how to live honestly and authentically. For many years I was searching and looking at different psychotherapy models, bodywork therapies and meditation.”
The book includes stunning photographs of the teachers. The picture on the front cover of the book is of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The foreword is written by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist Teacher as well as the Director of the award winning movie, ‘The Cup’ and his recent film, 'Vara, The Blessing'. Sogyal Rinpoche who wrote ‘The Tibetan book of living and dying’ and has Buddhist centres all around the world hand painted the calligraphy for the book. He has sold over two million copies of his book in 56 countries.
The Gyalwang Drukpa Head of the Drukpa Kargyu lineage is the Founder of the acclaimed global Live to Love charity. He is also the founder and spiritual director of the Druk White Lotus school in Ladakh, India. It is built on ecological principles of sustainability and has received many international awards.
Students openly reveal their experiences with their teachers on their spiritual path. The process of transformation can be a lifelong journey, or paradoxically we can ‘wake up’ in a moment! These deeply personal and honest stories are each unique, yet they demonstrate common threads of openness, commitment and willingness to explore and change and be open to exciting challenges.
“Everything seemed to hold a promise of happiness, like mastering a yoga posture or buying a new car or progressing in business. society kept promising me satisfaction and yet when I’d consumed the next promise, it never fixed it."