Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
 

 

 

 

 

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ELIZABETH MATTIS NAMGYEL

IS A BUDDHIST AUTHOR, TEACHER, PERPETUAL STUDENT AND CONTEMPORARY VOICE FOR BUDDHA'S WISDOM

 
 
 
"The Buddhist tradition has the most humorous and radical methods for those longing to do whatever it takes to live a healthy and compassionate life. It offers a path to those no longer interested in self-deception or in hiding from their habitual tendencies. It invites each of us to experience the freedom of exposing our hidden confusion to the light of our intelligence. Exploring this path is my life's passion.”

 

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth's vision for how we rise to the challenge of being human and our potential for awakening.

 

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NEW BOOK

The Logic Of Faith

I welcome The Logic of Faith with both excitement and relief. To generations of Western practitioners habituated to linear thinking, the Buddha’s central teaching of pratityasamutpada has remained a hidden jewel, taken as either too obvious to be interesting (as ‘everything has a cause’) or too arcane to be relevant to real life. Elizabeth Namgyel not only grasps, but conveys with fresh immediacy and delight the essence of this key to the dharma. She helps us to experience the reciprocity at the heart of the universe—and, in so doing, to rediscover our mutual belonging and the sheer grace of our existence.
— JOANNA MACY, author of Coming Back to Life
A bold, playful, and engaging book, full of insight and heart.
— PEMA CHODRON, author of When Things Fall Apart
Namgyel’s handling of a complex, potentially intimidating topic is exquisite, and students of all levels will find something useful in her teaching.
— Publishers Weekly
As long as you are breathing and your heart is pumping in your chest, you will never escape the need ‘to faith,’ and why would you want to? The human predicament literally pushes at you day after day, calling to your courage and intelligence, imploring you to pay attention to life as it is, urging you to let go into humbleness. How long can you ignore it?
— Excerpt from The Logic of Faith
 

Come on in!

Enjoy this rare glimpse of a writer's creative space. In anticipation of the release of her new book, The Logic of Faith, Elizabeth shares few thoughts about her writing process and invites us into her "office".

"Winter is one of my favorite seasons. It is a time when I retreat into my shrine room to study, contemplate, and write. When the weather permits, I occasionally venture out for brisk walks that invigorate my body and mind. You may not know this about me, but much of my work is done on these walks. Enjoy the tour!" --Elizabeth


Praise for The Logic of Faith

“The beauty of this book lies in its remarkably creative presentation of this insight of dependent arising. The author brings this fundamental insight of the Buddha to life for the contemporary reader.”

— Thupten Jinpa, principle translator for HH Dalai Lama, author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

“There is joy in discovering the truth of the Buddhist teachings as a living experience. Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel takes us on a personal exploration of the Buddha’s most essential insight: pratityasamutpada—a.k.a. dependent arising. A bold, playful, and engaging book, full of insight and heart.”

— Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

“The Logic of Faith looks into how we tend to seek comfort in ideas, even though they can’t provide real comfort. Elizabeth beautifully illuminates the possibility of getting free from the prison of our ideas, by softening into uncertainty and developing real faith. A rich and helpful book.”

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love


Upcoming Schedule

August 20-26, 2018

Mind and Life Europe/Summer Research Institute


Chiemsee, Germany

Questions? Ask away!

If you would like to ask Elizabeth a question, please fill out the form here. She may not be able to respond to all of them but will do the best she can!

"When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas."


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