Book review: The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom, by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

Via Todd Mayville
on Sep 21, 2010
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Enlightenment isn’t about the finding the Answer. Enlightenment is resting in the Question.
Such is the premise of Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel’s book, The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom.
According to the author, the power of the Buddha’s discovery wasn’t in finding any answer regarding liberation—rather it was the idea that he was able to let go of the quest for an answer and be comfortable with simply not knowing the answers to everything. Some questions just simply don’t have answers, and that’s okay too. It’s the ability to live within that question that keeps us open to all possibilities rather than committing oneself to any one path.
At only 113 pages, The Power of an Open Question is an easy, accessible read yet is filled with a grounded, inspiring and subtle wisdom.
From Shambhala Publications and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)
NOTE: Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel will be appearing at the Boulder Book Store on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 to talk about and sign copies of The Power of an Open Question. It was wonderful!


About 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.


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