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Standing at the edge : finding freedom where fear and courage meet

Author: Joan Halifax; Rebecca Solnit
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Joan Halifax is a clearheaded and fearless traveler and in this book...she offers us a map of how to travel courageously and fruitfully, for our own benefit and the benefit of all beings."-From the foreword by Rebecca Solnit Standing at the Edge is an evocative examination of how we can respond to suffering, live our fullest lives, and remain open to the full spectrum of our human experience. Joan Halifax has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Self-help publications
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Halifax, Joan.
Standing at the edge.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
(DLC) 2017061166
(OCoLC)1029769998
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Halifax; Rebecca Solnit
ISBN: 9781250101365 1250101360
OCLC Number: 1033675107
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 280 pages)
Contents: A view from the edge --
1. Altruism. At the high edge of altruism ; Falling over the edge of altruism: pathological altruism ; Altruism and the other edge states ; Practices that support altruism ; Discovery at the edge of altruism --
2. Empathy. At the high edge of empathy ; Falling over the edge of empathy: empathic distress ; Empathy and the other edge states ; Practices that support empathy ; Discovery at the edge of empathy --
3. Integrity. At the high edge of integrity ; Falling over the edge of integrity: moral suffering ; Integrity and the other edge states ; Practices that support integrity ; Discovery at the edge of integrity --
4. Respect. At the high edge of respect ; Falling over the edge of respect: disrespect ; Respect and the other edge states ; Practices that support respect ; Discovery at the edge of respect --
5. Engagement. At the high edge of engagement ; Falling over the edge of engagement: burnout ; Engagement and the other edge states ; Practices that support engagement ; Discovery at the edge of engagement --
6. Compassion at the edge. Survival of the kindest ; Three faces of compassion ; The six perfections ; Compassion's enemies ; Mapping compassion ; Compassion practice ; Compassion in the charnel ground.
Responsibility: Joan Halifax.

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