Book Review: Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering (Phillip Moffitt)

Dancing With Life is an exploration of the little known Twelve Insights related to the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.  Broken into four “books” or sections, Moffitt explores the process of reflecting upon, then directly experiencing, and then finally into knowing each of the Noble Truths and also discusses how to put that knowledge into play in every day life.  There are two ways to approach this text.  The first is to simply read the book all the way through, with little more than an intellectual understanding of the insights, and perhaps with some application to day to day life.  The other is more in line with the intent of the author, and it means that reading this book will take some time.  Each of the sections of the book offers meditations in order to come to a full understanding of the insight, and while actually doing the meditations will slow down how quickly one gets through the book, getting through it isn’t the point of this book; fully understanding the Twelve Insights and the Four Noble Truths and incorporating them into day to day life is the point.  Recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Truths and how to make them an intimate part of life.  From Rodale books and available at your local, independent bookstore or from the Dancing With Life website.

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Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.