How the Root of Kindness Works: The Virtue to Benefit Others

How the Root of Kindness Works The Virtue to Benefit Others What does a Les Paul guitar have to do with the path to enlightenment One might say the stars and planets aligned the day Maggie took Troy to her favorite second hand shop to introduce him to Abe the

What does a Les Paul guitar have to do with the path to enlightenment One might say the stars and planets aligned the day Maggie took Troy to her favorite second hand shop to introduce him to Abe, the shop owner Browsing through Abe s shop, Troy discovers a weathered and dusty guitar case and opens it to find a vintage Les Paul guitar Troy is a college student and low oWhat does a Les Paul guitar have to do with the path to enlightenment One might say the stars and planets aligned the day Maggie took Troy to her favorite second hand shop to introduce him to Abe, the shop owner Browsing through Abe s shop, Troy discovers a weathered and dusty guitar case and opens it to find a vintage Les Paul guitar Troy is a college student and low on cash, so Abe gives him the opportunity to barter for the purchase A Vietnam veteran who is well into his sixties, Abe has strength and energy that defy his years He and Troy spend two long days working together to move furnishings from a home into Abe s shop Through conversations that flow from the Vietnam War to Kerouac and to Buddha, Troy learns that there is a way to turn the pain of loss and dark regrets into a path where kindness replaces grief and compassion replaces fear Although Troy never served in war, he carries dark regrets of his own Inspired by Abe s ability to be happy even after the horrors and loss he experienced in Vietnam, Troy is eager to tackle whatever is involved to practice the things Abe teaches him Verses from Master Shantideva s chapters on Conscientiousness and Guarding Alertness provide the backbone of wisdom to the message Abe delivers to Troy This message is the invaluable guide when another unexpected discovery requires that an important decision be made.

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How the Root of Kindness Works: The Virtue to Benefit Others

  1. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Janet Kathleen Ettele studied music composition Ettele feels that playing music is like painting pictures with sound, and that the same is true about writing, only with words She has found that many elements of music composition theme, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics are common elements in writing, and this awareness helps guide her written work Ettele worked in the entertainment industry until becoming a mother She lives in Connecticut, where she has raised two sons She has recorded two CDs, Piano Mandalas and Piano Mandalas Compassion, which are collections of her meditatively improvised music How the Root of Kindness Works and How Generosity Works are her first two works of fiction in the How Life Works series, which are books based on The Six Perfections taught in Buddhism She is now writing the fourth book in the series, which will be published in 2015 You can learn about Janet at janetettele.

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