An Awakened Life

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This book presents a collection of practical teachings on how to create a stress-free and genuinely contented existence in the midst of our increasingly hectic lives. Titmuss, an internationally known teacher of insight meditation, argues that our societal obsessions with wealth, beauty, and fame have led us down a false path and created great suffering. His teachings urge us to question these values and rediscover our true nature.

Inspired by the twentieth-century classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Titmuss offers practical advice on such subjects as worklife, stress, understanding our feelings, communication, relationships, taking risks, the value of nonattachment, the nature of the self, and the sources of awakening. Excerpted from selected talks and writings, An Awakened Life offers liberating teachings that speak directly to the dilemmas of modern living.

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Christopher Titmuss teaches insight meditation retreats worldwide, including at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. He is a former Buddhist monk and a founding member of the International Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He lives in England.

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"Everyday life is the theme of this collection of essays. It weaves wisdom and practicality into musings on many topics ranging from love to psychotherapy to projections. Titmuss draws on his experiences as both a teacher and student to express his love for and embodiment of the dharma. He reminds us of the rewards of exploring the internal universe and sprinkles his teachings with bits of humor such as "'my' can be thought of as a shorthand for misery." Each essay shows how the Buddha's teachings can be applied right here and now, without exception. As he notes at the end of the book, "In the depth of being, there is blessedness revealing everything. Just everything."—Inquiring Mind

"Christopher Titmuss knows of what he speaks, for his life and work embodies and articulates with great clarity this simple yet arduous path of wisdom, compassion, and human realization. I consider him to be one of my great and lifelong teachers."—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"In showing how the Buddha's teachings can be applied here and now in every aspect of existence, An Awakened Life brings Buddhism down to earth and into the very heart of our being human."—Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs

"In An Awakened Life, Christopher Titmuss offers his incisive wisdom on a wide range of topics. He weaves together concerns of the world and the spirit in a way that helps us navigate our lives with integrity and skill."—Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation

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