Overcoming Disaster through Compassion, Patience and Determination
by Allan Lokos
After miraculously surviving a plane crash in Myanmar, Allan Lokos shares what his long and painful recovery process is teaching him about humanity's ability to survive—and even thrive—in the face of suffering.
In Through the Flames, Allan Lokos tells the terrifying story of being on board a plane on Christmas Day with his wife, Susanna, when it crashed and exploded in flames. Lokos was severely burned in the accident, and in the days and weeks following the crash, Susanna was told by the many doctors who examined him that he would not survive.
As founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New Your City, Lokos had spent decades cultivating compassion and non-attachment. Since the plane crash, his Buddhist practice has been mightily tested. In this inspiring account of his against-all-odds recovery, Lokos uses his experience as a window through which to examine the challenge of human suffering in general and to address the question of how we can thrive in the midst of pain and uncertainty.
"With deep wisdom, honesty, and humanity, author and Buddhist teacher Allan Lokos shares the inside story of not just surviving a deadly plane crash, but being profoundly spiritually transformed through the harrowing aftermath. Whether your crash is a divorce, the death of a dear one, loss of financial security, or serious illness, this beautifully written story will guide you in finding the blessings of love, peace, and freedom in the midst."
—Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"Rather than being overwhelmed by his intensely painful and disabling burns, Allan Lokos offers us lessons of hope, compassion, and even joy—a phoenix rising rising from the ashes. Gripping, haunting, and helpful, this is a remarkable book from a remarkable man."
—Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain
"There is a statue of the Buddha from a thousand years ago that has no eyes and no hands, and yet the truth and love of the Universe seem to glow where its eyes and hands once were. It's as if the statue had endured and weathered time solely to reveal that truth and love. Allan Lokos has suffered and been worn like this, and truth and love glow from his person and his words. Through the Flames will make you feel what is tender, listem to what is lasting, and make you want to carry what matters through everything."
—Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening, The Endless Practice, and Reduced to Joy
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Allan Lokos is the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living and Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living. Lokos has taught at Colombia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Marymount College, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and elsewhere. His teachers have included Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, and Gtephen Batchelor.