The Gate of Tears: Difficult Emotions on the Contemplative Path

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Sadness and joy can coexist.  That is the message of the sixth book by Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path.

Drawing on Jay’s fifteen years of teaching in Jewish and Buddhist communities, The Gate of Tears explores how to know and coexist with difficult emotions, rather than repress, indulge, avoid, or attempt to banish them.  Drawing on Jay’s fifteen years in Jewish, Buddhist, and LGBTQ spiritual communities, Jay’s teaching is infused with a contemporary sensibility, skepticism, and, yes, even humor.  And as a public figure who regularly appears on national media, Jay argues for an integration of political engagement and spiritual vulnerability.