Narayan Helen Liebenson
The Magnanimous Heart:
Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation
This event includes a book signing
February 4, 2019
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center NARAYAN HELEN LIEBENSON for a discussion of her debut book, The Magnanimous Heart: Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation.
About The Magnanimous Heart
In her long-awaited debut, a beloved master teacher shows us how to move from the “constant squeeze” of suffering to a direct experience of enoughness.
The magnanimous heart is a heart of balance and buoyancy, of generosity and inclusivity. It allows us to approach each moment exactly as it is, in a fresh and alive way free from agendas and “shoulds,” receiving all that arises. It has the capacity to hold anything and everything, transforming even vulnerability and grief into workable assets.
In writing evocative of Pema Chödrön’s, Narayan Helen Liebenson teaches us exactly how it is possible to turn the sting and anguish of loss into a path of liberation—the deep joy, peace, and happiness within our own hearts that exists beyond mere circumstances. The Magnanimous Heart shows us how to skillfully respond to painful human emotions through the art of meditative inquiry, or questioning wisely. Readers will learn how to live from a compassionate love that guides our lives and warms whatever it shines upon. With metta and compassion as companions and allies, we discover how our own magnanimous hearts can gently allow the inner knots to untie themselves.
“This is a book for absolutely everyone—because we have all experienced loss, and we will all experience more of it. In helping us reckon with that fact and in some sense transcend it, Narayan draws on a wisdom that shines through on every page of this deeply compassionate book.” —Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism Is True
“Narayan's exploration of grief and joy is an inspiration. Her personal experience, and the wisdom gleaned from it, invite you to engage in deep, liberating practice.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love
“A very powerful, practical guide for living our life as our practice. The teachings in this book will work for all who want love, freedom, and peace of mind.” —George Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete
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