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The Power and the Pain
Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy
by Andrew Holocek

The Power and the Pain <br>Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy <br>by Andrew Holocek


We all encounter obstacles on a daily basis—from small inconveniences and nuisances to the really big hardships wreaking havoc with our lives. Sometimes just the small things are enough to set us reeling. Andrew Holecek offers us a progressive path, beginning with common, easily understood hardships, and moving on to more subtle and challenging ones that commonly arise on our spiritual journeys.

"From Andrew Holecek's first words, you know you can trust him. He writes from deeply felt experience as well as a masterful grasp of the vast dharma. His essential point is riveting: 'the path leading to the cessation of suffering necessarily includes suffering.' This book is the essence of good meditation instruction."—Irini Rockwell, author of The Five Wisdom Energies

"With brilliance and kindness, Andrew Holecek brings the shadow side of the spiritual path into the light, helping the practitioner navigate the hardships he or she will inevitably discover. Holecek shows them for what they are—necessary obstacles on all levels of the path that can either hinder or strengthen our practice, and we can indeed be grateful to him for so clearly and completely elucidating this profound and necessary but rarely mentioned side of the spiritual path."—Dr. Jeremy Hayward, author of Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chogyam Trungpa

"The spiritual hardships that each of us face along the way can be literally hard to bear, whether these are purely psychological pressures or events that impact us on a physical level as well. Yet they can be ameliorated when we see their connection to our path as a whole. That is the distinctive gift of The Power and the Pain for contemporary Buddhist practitioners. It helps us make sense of our individual experiences, which, as unique as they are, have been challenging practitioners in different ways since the time of the Buddha.... When we move beyond our theories about the spiritual path into the actual practice of it, that is when the insights and methods offered in this book will become truly useful. Andrew's book is in this sense a compassionate refuge for troubled times."—The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Mind Beyond Death

Andrew Holocek is an in-demand teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. As founder of the Forum of Living and Dying, he teaches seminars throughout the country on spiritual hardship and the Tibetan views of life, death, and beyond. He is also the co-founder of the Himalayan Dental Relief Project, which serves impoverished children in five Asian countries. Dr. Holecek is affiliated with Shambhala centers worldwide, and was adjunct faculty at Naropa University and the Ngedon School of Buddhist Studies.

279 pages. Paperback.

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