New Age News

October 2003

Book Review


Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be

Buddhist lessons on change, loss and spiritual transformation

By Lama Surya Das

The violence of war, and the tragedies of the Bali bombing and the September 11 attack, have left many overwhelmed with fear, anger and a profound sense of loss. Why is the world filled with evil, suffering and death? Why must we endure threats of terrorism and an epidemic of unemployment - on top of violence, child abuse, cancer, AIDS and myriad other curses? How should we deal with our rage and our grief? Is there any hope for ending so much pain? Every day, hurting people of all faiths grapple with questions like these.

Grounded in the teachings of Buddhist "wise guys" and revelations from his own past lives - beginning in the 1950's with his boyhood in the suburbs of Long Island - Surya Das opens a welcome and welcoming path to confronting life's misfortunes and turning negative emotions into positive energy for emotional recovery, spiritual renewal, personal growth and social activism.

Surya Das is a lama in the Dzogchen lineage of Tibet. He is a sought-after spiritual teacher, poet, and spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism and beyond. His former bestseller was Awakening the Buddha Within.

Reviewed by Hiromi Mitsuya

Released in October 2003. Bantam Books. Paperback. $22.95.











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