On Loss, Grief and Liberation. A review of The Magnamimous Heart by Narayan Liebenson
THE MAGNANIMOUS HEART
Compassion & Love, Loss & Grief, Joy & Liberation
Wisdom Publications, USA
Human beings have to deal with loss and grief when deeply loved people and animals leave our world. Some experience immense anguish at the death or impending death of a loved one.
This book makes clear to readers that life is not a picnic. It regularly challenges us to stay calm and clear in the face of immense adversity.
Narayan’s book draws on three major areas – first hand experience, the uncompromising teachings of the Buddha and the significance of finding a deathless liberation.
Based in Cambridge, Mass, USA, Narayan is a much-loved senior Dharma/Insight Meditation teacher with a wealth of experience in the Zen tradition.
Liberation matters far more than the application of a range of techniques to reduce stress and help us overcome grief. As a transcendent element, liberation puts our life and the lives of others into a proper perspective. Authentic freedom embraces life and death.
Narayan’s book explores the conventional world of impermanence, loss and grief and what stands beyond these designations.
Her book is a meditation on life, death and beyond. The Magnanimous Heart needs to be read and reflected on. It ought to be on the bookshelf at home.