Animal Sutras: Animal Spirit Stories
THE RENOWNED TEACHER AND AUTHOR'S SPIRITUAL MEMOIR, AS TOLD THROUGH HIS LIFELONG ENCOUNTERS WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE
"I love this book. It feels like a secret treasure bequeathed by Stephen Levine to be opened after his death--an overflowing vessel of insight, humor and literary genius. Animal Sutras may be the best book Stephen Levine ever wrote." --Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy
"Stephen was a profound healer of the heart, writer and meditation teacher. In Animal Sutras, his other gifts shine, as a wise poet-naturalist and Dharma storyteller-philosopher, offered here in a lyrical, quirky, playful, and inviting collection." --Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart
For Stephen Levine, "animal-people" were his greatest teachers. So, at age seventy, he began collecting animal spirit stories and transcendent moments in nature from throughout his life--from the green snake who taught him to meditate as a boy to the generous hen whom predators would not harm, and many more. "Animals have a natural mindfulness," Levine writes. "They know what they are doing. Humans, who are full of confusion and seldom wholly in touch with their mind/body, need encouragement and technique to live in the present."
Stephen Levine (1937-2016) was an American poet, author, and spiritual teacher best known for his work, with his wife Ondrea, on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who made Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. Like the writings of his colleague and close friend Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert), Levine's work is also flavored by the devotional practices and teachings of the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba. Levine spent many years in the Southwest, including one tending a wildlife sanctuary in southern Arizona, and among the mountains of New Mexico, where Ondrea still lives. His many books include Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Unattended Sorrow, and Healing into Life and Death.
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About the AuthorStephen Levine was the bestselling author of many books. With his wife Ondrea, he counseled terminally ill people and their loved ones for than 30 years. His renowned work in grief counseling inspired radio segments and interviews as well as magazine articles including pieces in O: The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today and the Utne Reader. He and Ondrea lived for many years in the mountains of New Mexico, where Ondrea still lives today.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, author of Animal Sutras' foreword, is the founder of the MISS Foundation and is currently a professor at Arizona State University. Her area of expertise is traumatic death, specifically child death, and she is an acclaimed public speaker on this topic. Dr. Cacciatore also specializes in counseling people affected by traumatic death and is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association. Her therapeutic interventions are presence-and-mindfulness-based, including narrative, dialectical, and logo therapies, in addition to trauma-focused therapies. Dr. Cacciatore is the author of the books Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, and her memoir of losing her daughter, Dear Cheyenne: A Journey into Grief, which is considered the leading book for bereaved parents, which is now in its sixth edition.
Mirabai Starr teaches philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, and is the author of new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila. She lives in Taos.