Geri Larkin gave up her job as a management consultant and became a Buddhist priest. This book contains her very acccessible dharma talks given at the Ann Arbor Buddhist Temple and the Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple. She calls these meditations on the ideas and ideals of the 2500-year-old Buddhist tradition "dharma from the heartland."
Larkin sees the path toward enlightenment as a zigzag one filled with stumbling, bumbling, and plenty of mistakes. But on this path, even mistakes are teachers. Diligence in the practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness is required. So Larkin helps us to meditate upon mind games, fighting anger, the lessons of miserable days, the incredible importance of tiny moments, egotism as a life handicap, and the art of cultivating sympathetic joy. Stumbling Toward Enlightenment by Geri Larkin shows "everything is the way, once we sink into our practice."