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Suffering Is Optional
Suffering Is Optional

Suffering Is Optional

Three Keys to Freedom and Joy

By Cheri Huber, Illustrated by June Shiver

RELIGION

240 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.00 (US $12.00) (CA $17.00)

Publication Date: March 2002

ISBN 9780963625588

Rights: WOR

Keep It Simple Books (Mar 2002)

Price: $12.00
 
 

Overview

Suffering Is Optional: Three Keys to Freedom and Joy centers around three basic aspects of Zen practice: pay attention, believe nothing, and don’t take anything personally. As ending suffering requires that one sees how suffering happens, the book urges readers to be willing to be quiet and pay attention to the process of suffering in effort to see each moment as an opportunity to step beyond illusion into freedom. It also argues that examining beliefs, abandoning them, and returning attention to the present is essential to ending suffering, as is living in the awareness that nothing in the universe is personal.

Author Biography

Cheri Huber is the author of 19 books, including There Is Nothing Wrong with You, When You're Falling, Dive, and Time-Out for Parents. She founded the Mountain View Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in Murphys, California, and teaches in both communities. She travels widely and often, leading workshops and retreats around the United States and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica and Italy. She founded Living Compassion in 2003, a nonprofit group comprised of There Is Nothing Wrong with You Retreats (based on the book); Global Community for Peace: The Assisi Peace Project; The Africa Vulnerable Children Project; and Open Air Talk Radio, her weekly call-in radio show originating from Stanford University. She lives in Murphys, California.