A Buddhist Perspective on Life – with Sylvia Wetzel
English – Español – Deutsch

New Translation into English. Summer 2015

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The Heart of the Lotus. A Buddhist Perspective on Women´s inner and outer Liberation. 232 S. 2015
(Das Herz des Lotos)

Contains the author´s ground-breaking meditation for the Dalai Lama at the First International Conference for Western Buddhist Teachers in March 1993 in Dharamasala, India: “Imagine you are a male in a Buddhist world with mainly female teachers and Buddhas…”

Why do present day women take an interest in a “middle age” religion? Buddhism like Christianity was founded by a male teacher and was organized, transmitted and interpreted by men. This book
is “a protocol of an encounter”. A contemporary woman has read the teachings of the Buddha “against the grain” and has found some first answers and many more questions. In order for a religion to stay “alive” it has to be rediscovered by every generation anew. Just to follow tradition is not enough. Whenever women take interest in a traditional religion – be it Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism or Islam – they are given a double task: We are looking for a contemporary expression of an old teaching. Many contemporary male Buddhists from the West and some from Asia are working on this task. Women have to read patriarchal teachings critically “with the eyes of a woman”. The Heart of the Lotus presents central teachings of Buddhism and describes traps we fall into, if we don not consider our cultural background and our biological sex and social gender. It takes up typical questions women are asking and presents first results: concepts and exercices which can support contemporary women (and men) on their path to inner and outer freedom.

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Living with Ease. A Buddhist Perspective on Emotions. 242 S. 2015
(Leichter leben)

Sylvia Wetzel shows us in this book, how we can become familiar with attitudes which can support and heal us. How to let go of old sorrow and develop a new perspective of life. How to gently change old habits and stimulate deep appreciation for ourselves and everybody else. How to see and make use of the many positive conditions life offers. And lastly how we can learn to live with ease in a world full of challenges, difficult emotions and political turmoil.

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Words are working Wonders. Talking with Heart and Mind. A Buddhist
Perspective on Communication. 220 S. 2015 (Worte wirken Wunder)

Words can work wonders. Sometimes, however, they can also result in disaster. This happens, when either our heart or our mind or intellect is not engaged. Words are working wonders if we speak with both heart and mind. By “heart” I mean a deep feeling of connection with everything; a sense of the common ground, from which we emerge in every instant and in which we live. Mind refers to a clear view of our strengths and weaknesses and of the differences between us. The great thing about the mind is that it is capable of recognizing its own limits. Once we really deeply grasp that we are never going to get our lives fully under control, our rational mind wisely surrenders the upper hand in our life to our heart, which somehow ”knows” that it is connected.

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