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Zen Practice

The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment FROM THE PUBLISHER
Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen—teaching, practice, and enlightenment—Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism. An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.
FROM THE CRITICS - Tricycle Magazine
Everything from classic texts to modern interviews between masters and students. The book that launched a thousand Zen careers.

Introduction to Zen Buddhism FROM THE CRITICS

This reprint of the Black Cat edition (1964) makes Suzuki's important text available on alkaline paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Tricycle Magazine
No shelf is complete without at least one Suzuki volume, and this one contains everything from the history of Zen to mind-bending theory to everyday practice. CUSTOMER REVIEWS
We studied this book in my religious mysticism class, and there were absolutely no dispassionate reactions to this text. (i.e. either ya love it, or ya hate it). I felt that Suzuki's work contradicted itself quite alot, and that he is a bit too ethnocentric- he seems to Zen as the most advanced form of Buddhism and sees and other forms of Buddhism (as well as Hinduism) as "primitive." I come away from this book feeling only frustration, and a sense that if Zen is so perfectly simple, trying to explain it in the written medium is utterly useless in progression in achieving satori, or even a closer perception of what Zen truly is.

Everyday Zen: Love and Work
An American Zen Master offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living. FROM THE PUBLISHER
Everyday Zen offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living-love, relationships, work, fear, ambition, suffering. Beck shows how to live each moment to the fullest.

Zen Judaism: For You, a Little Enlightenment
Few spiritual practices are more intriguing or elusive than those of Zen Judaism,” says David M. Bader in the foreword to Zen Judaism. “This growing movement offers a unique way to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, ideally without gaining quite so much weight.” These nearly 100 sacred teachings are capable “of bringing about an enlightenment experience so pure, so elevating, and so intense, you could plotz.” For you, some samples:To know the Buddha is the highest attainment. Second highest is to go to the same doctor as the Buddha.Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? There is no escaping Karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? Be patient and achieve all things. Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

Waking up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion FROM THE PUBLISHER
The practice of the Zen precepts can transform our relationship to the world by leading us to a keen awareness of the motivations behind every aspect of our behavior, allowing us to act from the kindness and insight that is our true nature. The precepts are usually thought of as Buddhist moral guidelines—which they indeed are—but they are also far more than that, as Diane Rizzetto shows. They are a form of Buddhist practice that does not necessarily involve meditation. Anyone can do this practice, and it is rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime.

The precepts are traditionally phrased in short statements such as: "I take up the way of speaking truthfully," or "I take up the way of using sexual energy wisely." But Diane encourages us to rephrase them in ways that have personal meaning for us. She advises us to take them on one at a time, beginning with one that has particular personal resonance. The practice then becomes learning to live with the precept until it naturally arises in situations where it applies. We soon learn that the precepts are just about always impossible to fulfill, and that their true function is to teach mindfulness—particularly of our actions and of our interactions with others. The precepts are ultimately a practice about choice, Diane teaches, about responsibility and being awake to the motivation and consequences of our actions. We all must engage in events as they unfold in our lives, but we have a choice to do this with either intelligence or ignorance. The Zen precepts as presented in this book are guidelines to help us tap the intelligence within.

Library Journal
Rizzetto is the abbess of the Bay Zen Center in Oakland, CA, and, according to the book's publicity, a "dharma heir" to Charlotte Joko Beck, who has contributed a foreword. Religious publishing has proved itself capable of steadily producing translations and interpretations of ancient Buddhist classics, as well as beginners' guides to Buddhist practice and its meaning. The distinctive charm of Rizzetto's book is that she not so much explains Buddhism as applies its precepts to an active, committed, and contemporary life. For Rizzetto, Buddhist awareness implies personal transformation and responsible action. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Zen and the Art of Falling in Love

We are meant to be in love. Being in love energizes our daily existence, fills us with positive feelings, heals the body and heart and makes every moment precious. In Zen and the Art of Falling in Love, psychologist, relationship expert and Zen practitioner Brenda Shoshanna offers a completely different way of looking at love by comparing the psychological understanding of relationships with the timeless principles of Zen practice.
Contrary to popular opinion, real love never hurts - it's the popularized illusions we have about it that hurt and upset us. Each chapter in this book is structured around a different principle of Zen practice, giving us many lessons we can readily absorb to show us how to reclaim love, happiness and our true selves. You'll learn new means of dealing with the usual trouble spots in relationships, including miscommunication, insecurity and jealousy. As you look at these and other issues through the lens of Zen practice, you'll receive life-changing revelations that will lead to a new understanding of relationships and love.

Zen and the Art of Falling in Love will set you on a path to inner awareness and ultimate happiness. As you take this journey, you'll meet different individuals who are struggling to make love work in their own lives and you will develop a brand-new understanding of what it really means to love. It is a wondrous adventure that will show you how to open your life to love, fall in love ... and stay in love.
We are meant to live a life of love. Being in love energizes our daily existence, fills us with positivity, heals the body, and make every moment precious. In Zen And the Art Of Falling In Love, Dr. Brenda Shoshanna offers a completely different way of looking at love, using the timeless principles of Zen. Based on 13 essential Zen practices, the book guides us in the simple steps that open our lives to love.

Readers will discover new ways to cope with trouble spots in relationships through chapters titled, Taking Off Your Shoes (Becoming Available), Doing Nothing (Relesing Control), Walking Meditation (Taking New Steps) and Being the Doorman, (Being There for Others). The book also includes exercises and instructions for applying the material to our everyday lives.

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