A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell

Author note: Edited by means of Michael Segell
Publish yr note: First released June 4th 2000

Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to supply males a similar reflective publication that she provided girls in uncomplicated Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to assist her symbolize an real male event, a booklet that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo collected those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written through a various sampling of fellows, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and global popular rock star.

Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of relatively provocative essays. every now and then she appears like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree castle membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside of those inner most moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male event, a lofty target that we have a tendency to face up to. individuals contain Sting, who talks in regards to the distinction among thrill looking and threat taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." experience author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic sickness as his vomited his means via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson

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However, those first miracles were not performed to answer housewives’ prayers or to relieve them of frustration or assuage their guilt. Instead, those displays of the Buddha’s healing power occurred within the palaces of Korea’s first kingdoms. Buddhism was brought to those palaces by Chinese and central Asian monks who promised Korea’s emerging royal families China’s Three Teachings in Korea 33 that Buddhism could help them stay healthy, as well as helping them solidify and centralize their authority.

People go to shamans seeking solutions to practical problems, such as family financial woes, worry over a daughter’s marriage prospects or a son’s chances of getting into a good university, or health problems within a family. A shaman’s customers don’t expect the sort of solemn religious ritual seen in many formal religious settings. If a person goes to see a shamanic diviner, she normally doesn’t expect much more than a casual conversation about the problems she’s facing and what 22 K O R E A N S P I R I T UA L I T Y A charismatic shaman dancing to induce the trance required for possession by a spirit.

Buddhists and Confucians follow standardized procedures, and their rituals recognizing professional status are solemn affairs. Shamanic initiation rituals, on the other hand, are a noisy mixture of oral tradition and spontaneity. In the case of charismatic shamans, the initiate is re- 32 K O R E A N S P I R I T UA L I T Y quired to display her new status by speaking the unscripted words of her particular patron spirit. If she is unable to show that she has actually been possessed during the ritual, she will not be recognized as a legitimate shaman.

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