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Gavin Harrison’s path is the straightforward heartfelt examination of the ground beneath his feet. Each step enters directly the healing he seeks. With penetrating mindfulness, Gavin Harrison uncovers the roots of suffering and the path to wholeness. The healing he seeks, though stimulated by fearsome childhood abuse and an HIV+ diagnosis, is in truth the healing we all seek. Gavin has taken what is called ‘the high path with no railing’ to discover the healing we all long for.

-Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death

I read many books by people transformed by suffering. In the Lap of the Buddha rises above other books with its wisdom and beauty. Let it guide you and teach you to live.

-Dr. Bernie S Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

This wonderfully wise and warm book brings the timeless teachings of the Buddha to life, reminding us that every challenge, every trial, is grist for the mill of awakening to the compassionate heart of our own true nature. The authenticity and deep humanity of Gavin Harrison shine out from every page of this book. It is truly a jewel.

-Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Courageous and articulate testimony. This is a powerful presentation by an effective writer who uses Buddhist teaching and meditation practice to effect a triumph of the human spirit. Highly recommended for libraries whose patrons need books to help them cope with the universal experience of human suffering.

-Library Journal, July, 1994

White South African Gavin Harrison’s loving manual casts light on the application of meditation to real-life conditions like HIV and AIDS, memories of childhood sexual abuse and the less dire fears of daily life. The heartfelt prose ring true, as do the parallels between the lives of contemporary Americans and the life of Siddartha Gautama; and Harrison’s life itself, here documented, convincingly makes the case that Buddhist meditation practices are not a path from life but rather a road into and through it.

-Publishers Weekly, July 11, 1994

A fresh, authentic integration of Buddhist fundamentals with the lessons learned from a life in which pain has been the primary teacher. This is not a book to be feared. It is a near-heroic inquiry into turning fearsome hindrances into helpers, which he modestly calls ” making our experience workable.” There are many, many things to admire in the book.

-Inquiring Mind, 1995

There is a wonderful, gripping quality to the writing when Harrison is describing his own experience, a sense of the human heart opening to life. Harrison has written an instructive manual that can be consulted by new practitioners, as well as by those facing immediate crises.

-Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

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