February 18, 2011

Faith, a book by Sharon Salzberg

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 1:13 pm

I have read about a third of the book Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg. The author is described on the back cover as “a renowned meditation instructor who has been practicing and studying Buddhism for more than thirty years.” I would not normally write about a book before finishing it, but I suspect I may never finish this book even though it is not very long, 176 pages. The book is somewhat rambling, without any clear focus, at times autobiographical. The author’s main idea seems to be that meditation can make one’s life less uncomfortable. The idea may well be true, but the book does not present the idea or make the case for it in a way that I find interesting. To equate such an idea with “faith” somehow seems like a trivialization of the concept of faith.

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