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Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens

Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens
Author: Diana Winston
ISBN 13: 9780399528972
ISBN 10: 399528970
Edition: 1
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: 2003-08-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $16.00

Maybe you're tired of constant presure from family and friends. Maybe you're overwhelmed by the problems in the Third World—or in your own town. Maybe you've used drugs or the Internet to search for the answers, and you're still wondering...What's it all about? Does anyone understand what I'm going through?

There's a 2,500-year-old practice that can help you figure it all out. Buddhism is not about telling you what to do. It's about showing you how to see the answers in yourself. It's about waking up to the world, being who you are, and learning a new way to overcome life's challenges. See for yourself how to...

  • Discover truth in a world of hype and self-interest
  • Find peace amid the ups and downs of life
  • Stop judging yourself and accept your own complexities and contraditions
  • Work with difficult emotions and learn how to meditate
  • Deal with temptations and make the right decisions about sex and drugs
  • Use wise speech to avoid getting caught up in gossip
  • Get out in the world by finding ways to volunteer, work for peace, and protect the environment

Publishers Weekly

One of the recent trends in Buddhist publishing has been a subtle generation shift: we are now seeing second-generation Buddhists' memoirs as well as introductory books for teenagers and young adults. Into this latter category falls Diana Winston's Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, a well-written and basic primer for Gen-Ys who are asking Big Questions. Introducing concepts such as meditation, enlightenment, metta (lovingkindness), karma, the four noble truths and the eight worldly conditions, Winston writes accessibly but doesn't try overly hard to sound cool or relevant. Teens will appreciate the way she gives the dharma to them straight, while many adults will also benefit from this lucid manual. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.