Being Zen

Being Zen

Author: Ezra Bayda

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834823403

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 674

We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life. What we need is the willingness to just be with our experiences—whether they are painful or pleasing—opening ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything. But doing this requires that we confront our most deeply rooted fears and assumptions in order to gradually become free of the constrictions and suffering they create. Then we can awaken to the loving-kindness that is at the heart of our being. While many books aspire to bring meditation into everyday experience, Being Zen gives us practical ways to actually do it, introducing techniques that enable the reader to foster qualities essential to continued spiritual awakening. Topics include how to cultivate: • Perseverance: staying with anger, fear, and other distressing emotions. • Stillness: abiding with chaotic experiences without becoming overwhelmed. • Clarity: seeing through the conditioned beliefs and fears that "run" us. • Direct experience: encountering the physical reality of the present moment—even when that moment is exactly where we don't want to be. Like Pema Chödrön, the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart, Ezra Bayda writes with clear, heartfelt simplicity, using his own life stories to illustrate the teachings in an immediate and accessible way that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

Being Zen

Being Zen

Author: Ezra Bayda

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590300130

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 429

We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice-including the turmoil of daily life. In a gentle, direct, and eminently accessible style, Bayda explains how we can use techniques adapted from the Zen tradition to develop clarity and equanimity amid the stress and commotion of everyday living. All we need, Bayda explains, is the willingness to just be with our experiences-whether they are painful or pleasing-opening ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything. Then we can awaken to the loving- kindness that is at the heart of our being. In this book Bayda blends storytelling, traditional Buddhist teachings, and a dose of humor to explore such topics as finding stillness, working with difficult emotions such as anger and fear, and living open-heartedly in the present moment. According the Bayda, the more the willingness to just be permeates every moment of our lives, the more we are liberated from the fears, disappointments, and self-judgments that cripple us-and the more we discover the sense of lightness, spaciousness, and compassion that surrounds every moment. This basic willingness to be present, Bayda explains, is not a kind of passive resignation to whatever comes our way, but rather a choice we make to actively examine our most deeply held beliefs and to open-heartedly embrace every moment of our lives.

Zen Judaism

Zen Judaism

Author: Christopher L. Schilling

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030715069

Category: Social Science

Page: 124

View: 227

Contemporary Judaism is transforming, especially in America, from a community experience to more of a do-it-yourself religion focused on the individual self. In this book Christopher L. Schilling offers a critique of this transformation. Schilling discusses problematic aspects of Jewish mindfulness meditation, and the relationship between Judaism and psychedelics, proceeding to explore the science behind these developments and the implications they have for Judaism.

Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen

Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen

Author: Brad Warner

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608686025

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 636

The night Brad Warner learns that his childhood friend Marky has died, Warner is about to speak to a group of Zen students in Hamburg, Germany. It’s the last thing he feels like doing. What he wants to do instead is tell his friend everything he never said, to explain Zen and what he does for a living and why he spends his time “Sitting. Sitting. Sitting. Meditating my life away as it all passes by. Lighting candles and incense. Bowing to nothing.” So, as he continues his teaching tour through Europe, he writes to his friend all the things he wishes he had said. Simply and humorously, he reflects on why Zen provided him a lifeline in a difficult world. He explores grief, attachment, and the afterlife. He writes to Marky, “I’m not all that interested in Buddhism. I’m much more interested in what is true,” and then proceeds to poke and prod at that truth. The result for readers is a singular and winning meditation on Zen — and a unique tribute to both a life lost and the one Warner has found.

Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain

Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain

Author: David N Kay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134430468

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 893

This book analyses the transplantation, development and adaptation of the two largest Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations currently active on the British religious landscape: the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). The key contributions of recent scholarship are evaluated and organised thematically to provide a framework for analysis, and the history and current landscape of contemporary Tibetan and Zen Buddhist practice in Britain are also mapped out. A number of patterns and processes identified elsewhere are exemplified, although certain assumptions made about the nature of 'British Buddhism' are subjected to critical scrutiny and challenged.

The Fairway of Life

The Fairway of Life

Author: Rand S. Marquardt

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440129070

Category: Self-Help

Page: 460

View: 475

Fear of any kind is the number-one enemy of all golfers, regardless of ball-striking and shot making capabilities. Jack Nicklaus Golf is supposed to be fun! But many people who play dont see it that way. Many golfers, after having spent countless dollars and hours on the sport, find them selves having too many negative thoughts, limited beliefs, and other foolish self-sabotaging behaviors. Is there any hope to this kind of madness? I get so nervous and scared? I end up choking and throwing up all over myself? I cant seem to control my demons? I get angry and often beat myself up? Sometimes I cant even hit the broadside of a barn? I never seem to get any better? Let renowned mental golf coach Rand Marquardt show you how he went from a frustrated, misaligned ten-handicap golfer to a more confident, connected one-handicap golfer in just one summerand how you can do it too! Dont spend another day being angry, afraid, or frustrated again. Instead, learn to play golf more often in The Zone and how to harness and expand your inner wisdom by going with the flow along THE FAIRWAY OF LIFE.

Samurai Zen

Samurai Zen

Author: Trevor Leggett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134452798

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

View: 397

Samurai Zen brings together 100 of the rare riddles which represent the core spiritual discipline of Japan's ancient Samurai tradition. Dating from thirteenth-century records of Japan's Kamakura temples, and traditionally guarded with a reverent secrecy, they reflect the earliest manifestation of pure Zen in Japan. Created by Zen Masters for their warrior pupils, the Japanese Koans use incidents from everyday life - a broken tea-cup, a water-jar, a cloth - to bring the warrior pupils of the Samurai to the Zen realization. Their aim is to enable a widening of consciouness beyond the illusions of the limited self, and a joyful inspiration in life - a state that has been compared to being free under a blue sky after imprisonment.

Finding Your Power to Be Happy: Seven Practices to Bring Unconditional Happiness into Your Life

Finding Your Power to Be Happy: Seven Practices to Bring Unconditional Happiness into Your Life

Author: D.E. Hardesty

Publisher: D.E. Hardesty

ISBN: 9781311878144

Category: Self-Help

Page: 324

View: 870

Learn to find the happiness that is natural to you, and enjoy better relationships, better health, more success and a longer life. The peculiar thing about us humans is, we spend a lot of time working to find people and things that will make us happy. In fact, we seem to spend the majority of our time doing this. However, there is no guarantee that any of this effort will work. There are lots of people who have hordes of people around them, and who have lots of things, but have been unable to make themselves happy. The truth is, happiness can be had with little effort. Have you ever been happy for no reason at all? Of course you have. Without anything changing in life, happiness just appears. We see it in young children all the time. In fact, we expect to see it in children. If you happen to ask a smiling child why he or she is so happy, at best the answer may be, “Because.” For an adult this may be an unsatisfying answer, but for the child it is the truth -- happiness exists “just because.” As we age we seem to lose touch with happiness-for-no-reason-at-all. We see a world where everyone is striving for stuff, striving for popularity, striving, striving, striving. The natural fount of happiness we once enjoyed disappears as we join them. However, that happiness is not gone. All that happened is we lost our connection to it. This book is about recovering that connection. We all grow up believing that if we work hard, and if we are good people, we will enjoy good relationships with others, good health, success and a long life. Obviously this is not true. There are a lot of rich old people who are not happy. What we have, what we do, and the other circumstances of our lives do not provide authentic happiness. Instead, happiness comes from inside of us, and all by itself enables us to have secure relationships, good health, more success and longer lives. So, what is the secret of being happy? Being happy is a little like flipping a switch. When it’s on you are happy and when it’s off you are not. It’s so easy. How else can you explain being happy for no reason. What you need to do is learn to turn it on, and keep it turned on. This book discusses seven practices that help you do that. There is a lot of wisdom available about how to be happy. Most of it is thousands of years old, but some is quite new. The seven practices we will look at incorporate this wisdom to help you learn how to turn on happiness in your life. This kind of happiness does not require changing anything in your life. All you have to do is learn to turn it on.

Becoming Bridges

Becoming Bridges

Author: Gary Commins

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781561012947

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 499

Pastor of a bilingual, multicultural church for more than a decade, Gary Commins knows that diversity is a spiritual exercise that can be as charged with anxiety as it is laced with hope. In Becoming Bridges, Commins lays the groundwork for diversity as an intrinsic part of the life of faith and calls us to become bridge people: people who are willing to traverse gaps of ignorance and bridge the things that separate us religion, race, culture, class, gender, and sexual orientation."

Taking the Path of Zen

Taking the Path of Zen

Author: Robert Aitken

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 9781466895232

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 706

There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism. Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.