Demystifying Awakening: A Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom

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Buddhas Heart Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Stephen Snyder has translated works by Kenzaburo Oe, Ryu Murakami, Miri Yu, and Kafu Nagai, among others. His translation of Natsuo Kirino's Out was nominated for an Edgar Award for best mystery novel. The Diving Pool, a translation of three novellas by Yoko Ogawa, was published by Picador. He teaches Japanese literature at Middlebury College.


"With skill and compassion, Stephen invites a surrendering into the formless, luminous presence that is our true home. This is a rich and beautiful resource for those called to deepen their exploration of Awakening and freedom."

--Tara Brach, best-selling author of Trusting the Gold and Radical Compassion

"We all long for a timeless inner peace-and Stephen Snyder shows us the path to it. As a guide, he is friendly, helpful, and sweetly encouraging. In his pages, you feel like you're coming home to who you've always been: wakeful, loving, contented, and wise. He's done a brilliant job of clearing away the clutter and summarizing the essential steps of full Awakening. It's a joy to walk them!"

--Rick Hanson, PhD, NYT best-selling author of Neurodharma and Buddha's Brain

"A unique and profound manual. It clearly and succinctly unveils the path, and process, of Awakening as practiced, lived, and taught by Stephen Snyder. Written from deep experiential knowledge and wisdom, this book resonates as a transmission of Awakening."

--Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, NYT best-selling author of Unwinding Anxiety and The Craving Mind

"A remarkable grounding in the Absolute-in the formless, timeless, spaceless reality that is always immediately with us, showing up as every moment of our lives-radiates right through this deeply compassionate work. It maps out, compares, and shares the paths to profound Awakening that the author has trod himself, making the paths seem accessible to each and every one of us-as in fact they are. There is indeed a path to Awakening-or even 84,000 paths-and accepting Stephen's invitation to join him on the deep ones presented here will surely be the journey of a lifetime."

--Henry Shukman, author of One Blade of Grass and guiding teacher of Mountain Cloud Zen Center

"Stephen has written a profound manual of Awakening that is rich with the insights of a lifetime of practice, and abundant with the kinds of insights that can only come from the first-hand experience of one who has truly walked the path. A must read for everyone who is serious about waking up in this life!"

--Steve James, founder of the Movement Koan Method and host of the Guru Viking Podcast

"In Demystifying Awakening, Stephen Snyder pulls back the curtain on the process and experiences of spiritual Awakening. He offers a gradual and multifaceted series of practices, including self-inquiry, meditation, and contemplation, derived from his own practice and from his years of guiding and supporting others. This is not a conceptual book for scholars; rather, it's a book for those of us who long for the freedom that the Buddha promised and who are willing to walk the walk."

--Jennifer Wheeler, MA, Buddhist Studies, University of Sunderland

"To say I've been waiting-throughout fifty years of Buddhist practice-for someone to write this book is an understatement. Finally, here is a presentation of the path of Awakening, the processes of growth, and how to address the obstacles within the unfolding of insight and realization. This book is a guide, a manual, a companion to any practitioner in retreat or on the path to Awakening."

--Dhammadasa, founder of Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

"Demystifying Awakening is enormous in its scope, from the beginning of practice to expansive experiences of Awakening. To condense a lifetime journey into a book is an incredible undertaking and results in a gift to those who can find themselves somewhere in its pages. It is clear that the book is offered as an inspiration and encouragement to the practitioner, and in this it succeeds completely."

--Susie Harrington, meditation teacher at Desert Dharma