The teachings by Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche which form this paperback were delivered at a program in San Francisco sponsored by the Shambhala Sun Foundation and the California Institute of Integral Studies. The upshot of these talks by three Buddhist writers is that in the midst of the insecurity, stress, and suffering of these times, we have access to serenity and compassion to guide us to lives of meaning and service. The introduction is provided by Melvin McLeod, editor of The Best Buddhist Writing.

Norman Fischer, author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, kicks things off with "Suffering and Possibility." We cannot escape pain, death, and the loss of others. But with equanimity, we can lessen the toll it takes upon our souls. Fischer salutes the balm of meditation and community as healing forces in our encounters with our own suffering or that of others.

In "Upgrading Our Practice," Tsoknyi Rinpoche, author of Carefree Dignity, points out that in tough times, we must increase our practice. Instead of focusing on self-improvement, we are challenged to seek the welfare of all beings on the planet.

In "Greet This Moment as a Friend," Sylvia Boorstein (It's Easier Than You Think), makes reference to the worries and the woes which bring us down. Within the Buddhist tradition, the practice of loving-kindness is an inspirational activity that is especially relevant when we are ill at-ease or depressed. She presents a loving-kindness meditation.