Beauty as a State of Being
Mastering Mind and the Spiritual Path
Author: Dr. Solomon Katz
Publisher: Deeper Currents
Published: December 2013
Genre: Spiritual, Self-Help
2014 Nautilus Book Awards: Silver Winner, Religion/Spirituality – Eastern
2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner, Self Help
2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards: Winner, Self Help – Spiritual
This book is required reading for everyone who has a mind. The mind is a powerful tool capable of great creativity and invention. But, when used improperly, the mind can also become an instrument of suffering. Beauty as a State of Being shows the reader how to use the mind well, so that peace can reign in the individual life and, by extension, the life of the world.
When the mind finds its proper place the heart is revealed and, with the heart, joy. Beauty as a State of Being guides the reader to realms of joy and spiritual illumination, where answers to the great questions of life are also to be found. As the path presented in this book progresses toward the spiritual, the ideas ascend in conceptual and literary beauty, in essays and prose poems that are themselves revelations of the heart.
About the Author:
A child of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Solomon Katz’s father fought in the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Katz was reared in classical Judaism and was fluent in biblical Hebrew at an early age. He majored in philosophy, especially Indian philosophy, at SUNY Stony Brook. After graduating, he joined the Lindisfarne spiritual community then at Southampton, Long Island. At Lindisfarne he was introduced to Zen, Yoga, and Vipassana (Insight) meditation. His interest in meditation eventually led him to Asia, where he lived as a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher in Burma and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, he lived for a while in the hermitage at Salgala, on top of a mountain jutting out of the rainforest, where a group of gray langurs, a cobra, and iguana were his closest neighbors; and he taught meditation at Kanduboda. By the time he returned West and began a doctoral program at Harvard University, he had spent three full years in periods of silent meditation. At Harvard, he earned concurrent graduate degrees in Religions of the World (M.T.S.), and in Counseling and Consulting Psychology (M.Ed., Ed.D.). He trained in, practiced, and taught psychology at Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard affiliated teaching hospital, and held a faculty position as Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.
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