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Everyday Zen: love and work

by Charlotte Joko Beck

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Most Zen teachings derive from a monastic tradition far removed from the everyday world. Black robes, shaved heads and traditional monastic rituals reinforce the impression of an austere alternative to everyday life. Yet most Western students of Zen are preoccupied with the same tasks as everyone else - finding sexual and romantic love, a happy family life, a successful career.

EVERYDAY ZEN offers a warm, engaging, uniquely Western approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of ordinary daily living. Charlotte Joko Beck has travelled this path and through the simplicity of her words she shows that as long as people seek to awaken to themselves and to the immediacy of the moment, the spirit of Zen will appear.

‘Deals with the most important spiritual practice of all – how we can live awakened in our daily life.’
JACK KORNFIELD, founder of 'Insight Meditation Society'

‘A rich source of practical wisdom’
STEPHAN BODIAN, editor of 'Yoga Journal'

‘I trust her and learn from her.’
ROBERT AITKEN, ROSHI, author of 'Taking the Path of Zen'

Content
I. BEGINNINGS
Beginning Zen Practice
Practicing this very moment
Authority
The bottleneck of fear

II. PRACTICE
What Practice is Not
What Practice Is
The Fire of Attention
Pushing for Enlightenment Experiences
The Price of Practice
The Reward of Practice

III. FEELINGS
A Bigger Container
Opening Pandora's Box
'Do Not Be Angry'
False Fear
No Hope
Love

IV. Relationships
The Search
Practicing with Relationships
Experiencing and Behaviour
Relationships Don't Work
Relationship is Not to Each Other

V. SUFFERING
True Suffering and False Suffering
Renunciation
It's OK
Tragedy
The Observing Self

VI. IDEALS
Running in Place
Aspiration and Expectation
Seeing Through the Superstructure
Prisoners of Fear
Great Expectations

VII BOUNDARIES
The Razor's Edge
New Jersey Does Not Exist
Religion
Enlightenment

VIII. CHOICES
From Problems to Decisions
Turning Point
Shut the Door
Commitment

IX. SERVICE
They Will Be Done
No Exchange
The Prable of Mushin

Notes

Everyday Zen: love and work

ISBN / Product Code: 9780722534359

Format: Paperback

Length: 198 pages

Size: 215 x 134mm

Availability: Awaiting stock

Price: $A 24.95


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