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eBook Dipa Ma (Intl): The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master ePub
Author: Amy Schmidt
Language: English
ISBN: 1899579737
ISBN13: 978-1899579730
Publisher: Windhorse Publications; Revised ed. edition (July 28, 2015)
Pages: 182
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 626
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Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism.

Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker, and Sylvia Boorstein, among others.

Schmidt rounds out the book by exploring Dipa Ma's continuing legacy, including how many of her students . It is a most unlikely story, for Dipa Ma seems to come almost out of nowhere.

Schmidt rounds out the book by exploring Dipa Ma's continuing legacy, including how many of her students continue to experience her presence even after her death. Her life, like so many people living in such dire conditions, consisted of a series of y (this in a terribly patriarchal society where children made the woman), the deaths of several children she bore, the death of her husband, poverty, and then declining health.

Dipa Ma herself reported an unexpected encounter with the paranormal that came about, she said, because she was following the Buddhist precepts. The house from nowhere ~ In Buddhist countries, people observe eight precepts four days a month, and many go to temple on full moon day. One full moon day, a woman friend and 1 decided to go to the temple. When we left the house, there was just a little bit of rain, but when we got on the bus, it started to rain heavily. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker and Sylvia Boorstein, among others. An accomplished yogi, she was an inspired teacher and a devoted mother and grandmother. A woman who found great freedom through profound levels of insight and one who exemplified in her every action immense kindness, generosity, and mindfulness.

Josh has been a practicing Buddhist since about 2002, and occasionally attends Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, New Hampshire. He was formerly Wildmind's office manager, and since leaving that role has been engaged in care work. At the moment he works with disabled teens.

Presents the life story of a Buddhist master, with the spiritual techings that make her a major figure in contemporary Buddhism.

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'An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint' - Jack KornfieldRead the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker, and Sylvia Boorstein, among others.
Kifer
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Dipa Ma taught such Western Buddhist teachers as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, all of whom talk about her in this biography. Unlike most Eastern Buddhist teachers — she was Bengali — Dipa Ma lived with her family in a crowded Calcutta apartment building rather than a monastery or other spiritual center. She was a grandmother who emphasized the ability to reach levels of enlightenment while doing housework and breastfeeding.

The book itself is like one of those family biographies an aunt writes and prints off at Kinko’s to distribute at family reunions — and I don’t mean that as a slight, it’s just how the book reads. There’s a bit of background on her early days that feels like a Wikipedia synopsis followed by various themed chapters with quotes from students remembering her. There’s one chapter detailing her supernatural powers: walking through walls, flying above trees, foretelling the future, etc. The female perspective missing in so many Buddhist books was fascinating — for example, one of her supernatural feats was to duplicate her body so when she would walk down the street, there was two of her so men wouldn’t bother her. Of course I don’t believe the supernatural stuff, but as myth, I like it.

Excerpt of one of her teachigns: “‘If you practice for a result, then it becomes a hindrance.’ The desire for liberation is nonetheless desire — one of the key hindrances on the spiritual path. At one stage, zeal on the path is useful, and it moves us along; at another stage, this very thing that was so helpful becomes an impediment. We need to recognize when effort has become an obstruction. To stay with what is happening without giving up — sometimes that is all that is possible.”

Grade: A-
Arabella V.
This is the story of how one sick, poor tiny Bengali woman became a spiritual giant whose influence, through those who met and studied under her, has spread around the world. It is a most unlikely story, for Dipa Ma seems to come almost out of nowhere. Her life, like so many people living in such dire conditions, consisted of a series of tragedies--infertility (this in a terribly patriarchal society where children made the woman), the deaths of several children she bore, the death of her husband, poverty, and then declining health. It looked as if this little beetle of a woman would see an early grave.

The only thing going for her was an intense aspiration to practice meditation. But even there she was stymied for decades by her husband and/or her health, until finally the first was gone and the second going. What did she have to lose? She crawled into the meditation center, but once she got going not even a dog attack (which put her in the hospital to get rabies shots) could stop her. Her concentration went off the chart, and by the end of her first retreat she attained stream entry (sotapatti). Her health did an about face, and higher paths soon followed.

Dipa Ma developed at an unprecedented speed, as, later, her daughter and son did. (Clearly genetics plays a role.) Under Anagarika Munindra's guidance she developed an extensive repertoire of powers (siddhis), exhibited shaktipat, an unusual facility for jhanas and a great power of loving-kindness. Soon students--housewives, school kids, even monks--began coming to her tiny one bedroom apartment in Calcutta (the conditions she lived in never really improved) for teaching and guidance, and her fame spread. Through Munindra Westerners began beating a path to her door, among them such luminaries as Jack Engler, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. The rest, as they say, is history.

The book is a brief portrait of this amazing woman. Its biographical section is actually quite scant. There are not a lot of details, no foot or endnotes, but many testimonials. Famous and unfamous alike attest to the ways this woman impressed and changed them, and many of these accounts are quite moving. Clearly she was a prodigy, a saint by any measure.

Wonderful things really do come in small packages.
Conjukus
This is a truly wonderful book about a remarkable woman. Dipa Ma did not begin meditating until relatively late in life but achieved great heights. Anyone interested in the life of an ordinary woman who took control of her life and went on to become a saint couldn't do better than to read this.
DABY
In this book about Dipa Ma I found very interesting full of great wisdom her grace will live on in millions of people her special way of teaching with great respect for all life will live on in the hearts of many to show them the way home gratitude to all who contributed namaste ????
September
This book does not say everything but it is certainly a valuable introduction to the life and legacy of one of the greatest masters who helped Buddhism being established in the western world. I personally discovered Dipa Ma through this book and definitely acquired the feeling that with her everything was for real. She was a frail short woman with an extraordinary power: the power of love when set free out of the usual boundaries of our minds. A true master.
Fordredor
This is a wonderful little book full of hidden treasues. If you are looking for a book on religious doctrine this is not it. Instead you will find a simple uncluttered route to meditation and mindfulness. I recommend it to all students of Buddhist psychology, beginners and experts. It will youch your life.
TheFresh
This is a gorgeous little book. The spirit of Dipa Ma radiates from every page. It's a heart-filler.
I loved this biography. She was an amazing woman and highly realized. Thank you for writing this, Amy Schmidt. I use the loving-kindness meditation daily.
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