November 3, 2012

Books by Lama Willa

The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work
Arts of Contemplative Care

This new book, from Wisdom Publications, explores the budding field of Buddhist ‘Contemplative Care’ through the eyes of it pioneers. Powerful and life-affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of contemplative care-from hospice and hospitals to colleges, prisons, and the military. Each first-person essay offers a distillation of the wisdom gained over years of experience, and vividly shows days-in-the-life of the each pastoral worker. The stories told here are sure inspire-whether you are a professional caregiver or are simply called to serve through giving care. This is a book that can change lives.

Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in YouEveryday Dharma

In Everyday Dharma, Willa Miller, an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, reworks ancient Buddhist techniques and adapts them for western readers seeking personal transformation. Becoming a Buddha, Lama Miller explains, means observing the mind and actions and then doing the physical, psychological, and spiritual work to move closer to one’s wisdom nature. Dharma is spiritual practice; it’s what one does every day to make one’s mind and world a better place to live. Each chapter includes a passage to read, an exercise of the day that relates to each week’s topic, a quote from a sage, and tips on how to make daily practice a little easier. The book shows that it’s not necessary to subscribe to a particular — or any — belief system to benefit from this program. “It’s only necessary,” says Lama Miller, “to believe one deserves to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.”

Essence of AmbrosiaEssence of Ambrosia

Essence of Ambrosia is a guide to Buddhist meditation, composed by the prolific and eclectic Tibetan scholar and practitioner Taranatha (1575-1634). Following the lead of Atisha, Taranatha expounds a graduated approach (known as lam rim) to cognitive and meditative development designed to address the needs of three types of person: the person of lesser, average and greater capacity.

Taranatha’s innovative contribution to this genre is to instruct the student in “contemplation sessions”, that specifically guide a beginning Buddhist practitioner through the traditional practices of meditation, beginning with devotional reflection up to the apex of Buddhist meditation, insight (vipassana) meditation. The result is a remarkably accessible and concise insider’s guide to the Mahayana Buddhist path.