American Buddhism is a unique expression of the ancient Eastern spiritual path, yet within its natural cultural transformations, practitioners are still sustained by the potentially exquisite lineage of teacher to student; the reliance on time-tested principles to guide the human light; and the manifest glory of every day realized. Anderson (Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains) captures these traditional strengths and renders them very skillfully for the here and now. Anderson is a key spiritual heir to the legendary Shunryu Suzuki, who founded San Francisco Zen Center and authored the enduring classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Here, Anderson discusses receiving the 16 great Bodhisattva precepts; taking refuge in the Triple Treasure of Buddha, dharma (teachings) and sangha (community); and embracing and sustaining forms, ceremonies and good actions. He also addresses abstaining from killing, stealing, misusing sexuality, lying, intoxication, criticizing others, mean-spirited self-praise, possessiveness, harboring ill will and disparaging the Triple Treasure. In the best sense, Anderson's fresh treatment of these topics is well suited for his American audience, but is also useful beyond our borders. In readable style, Anderson conveys his message didactically, in story and in precious glimpses of the seminal American Zen master Suzuki. Although definitely written for practitioners, Anderson's emphasis on Buddhism's grounded practicality shines clearly for any open-minded seeker.
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"Being Upright is a much-needed book that provides a solid basis for upright practice. Its very language is upright." - David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.See all Editorial Reviews
I have read a few books on the precepts and this one is my favorite. It helped me prepare for my precepts ceremony and now my local sangha and I are using it as part of a precepts... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.R.
A primer for navigating the precepts. I've read it twice and continue to refer to it.Published 5 months ago by Hannah Sullivan
The author does a great job of allowing the reader to get a 360 degree perspective of the bodhisattva precepts. Read morePublished 15 months ago by George Haskoor
This is a good book. Anderson is an excellent teacher. All his points are solid and he provides narratives that are to the point. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joe
I was a little surprised that my therapist recommended this book, but after reading it, I understand why, which I won't bore you with. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. M. Skalnik
This book was recommended to me by a local Zen priest because of my Zen practice and questioning of how to live in a Zen manner. "Being Upright" did not disappoint. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by John R. Gigliotti
Very thoughtful and non-dogmatic discussion of Buddhist ethics, well-illustrated with examples. Flexible and kind. One of my favorite books by a contemporary American zen masterPublished on May 3, 2012 by Kathryn Penobscott