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Book Excerpts:

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Selections from Sylvia Boorstein's That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Don't Just Do Something, Sit There:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Happiness Is an Inside Job:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

You may also listen to the following Sylvia Boorstein audio selection:

The Courage to be Happy

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein is a Buddhist teacher, an observant Jew, and a practicing psychotherapist.  With her delightful, conversational books and lectures, she bridges gaps between East and West. Ms. Boorstein is also a cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts.  She leads retreats throughout the United States.

That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist

In That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist (review or buy), Ms. Boorstein explains the synergies between Buddhist and Jewish faiths.  Focusing on "mindfulness," a Buddhist-inspired meditation practice, Ms. Boorstein demonstrates that the principles of Judaism and Buddhism are not mutually exclusive.

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

In Don't Just Do Something, Sit There (review or buy), her second book, Ms. Boorstein outlines methods of taking a "personal retreat" -- a time devoted to reorienting toward one's spiritual core.  With her warm style, Ms. Boorstein shares her wisdom and many delightful stories.

Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake

According to the Buddha, the path of kindness is the path of happiness. Now Sylvia Boorstein has taken the 2500-year-old practice of developing the qualities of a compassionate heart and made it accessible to all. In Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake (review or buy), Sylvia Boorstein combines traditional Buddhist teachings and parables with stories from her own life to show how the practice of Mindfulness can lead to these perfections that all of us strive for.

Happiness Is an Inside Job

In Happiness Is an Inside Job (review or buy), Sylvia Boorstein writes that the secret to happiness lies in actively cultivating our capacity to connect with kindness: with ourselves; with friends, family, colleagues; with those we may not know well. She draws from the heart of Buddhist teachings to show how Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration can lead us away from anger, anxiety, and confusion, and into calmness, clarity, and the joy of living in the present.