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  1. Dipa Ma
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  2. Dipa Ma

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An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint', Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy the Laundry. Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker and Sylvia Boorstein, among others. An accomplished yogi, she was an inspired teacher and a devoted mother and grandmother. A woman who found great freedom through profound levels of insight and one who exemplified in her every action immense kindness, generosity, and mindfulness. Through this unique account of a remarkable woman, together with the reminiscences of her students, many more aspiring practitioners will be inspired by her life and legacy.

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Dipa Ma's life story was a journey of losing her mother at a young age, multiple child loss, late age childbearing, widowhood, single parenting, etc etc... Enough loss & suffering to incorporate all of our own and honor its shameless potential. Dipa Ma confirms how richly transformative such suffering can prove to be once one commits to vipassana practice.

This is a very emotionally embodied female householder version of an enlightenment journey, far removed from the repressingly tidy versions of male monastic legends and the even tidier examples of virgin saints. All this, and - she was the teacher of pivotal and now famous American vipassana senior teachers: Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzburg, to name a few. And nobody's heard of Dipa Ma, but everybody's heard of them! While that is the ultimate success of teaching (to be surpassed by one's students), Dipa Ma's role in the east-west vipassana lineage needs to known about for a variety of reasons... Read more
This book is amateurishly written by a Buddhist practitioner and biographer who never actually met her subject. However, the author extensively interviewed people who had met this remarkable woman. Even so, the book could have been deeper in scope; the book suffers from the author's limiting herself to easy access; she does not interview many other principle teachers who were taught by or taught along side Dipa Ma.
Dipa Ma was one of the most accomplished yogis of our lifetime. The book does not elaborate on how and why she received the teaching that enabled her to transcend the bounds of mundane existence, but her effect on people is well represented here. If you do believe in miracles, if you believe in miracles or you want to believe in miracles, this book is for you.
This is the story of how one sick, poor tiny Bengali woman became a spiritual giant whose influence, through those who met and studied under her, has spread around the world. It is a most unlikely story, for Dipa Ma seems to come almost out of nowhere. Her life, like so many people living in such dire conditions, consisted of a series of tragedies--infertility (this in a terribly patriarchal society where children made the woman), the deaths of several children she bore, the death of her husband, poverty, and then declining health. It looked as if this little beetle of a woman would see an early grave.

The only thing going for her was an intense aspiration to practice meditation. But even there she was stymied for decades by her husband and/or her health, until finally the first was gone and the second going. What did she have to lose? She crawled into the meditation center, but once she got going not even a dog attack (which put her in the hospital to get rabies... Read more
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