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Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life Paperback – March 25, 2003
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If you're just starting out on the path of practice, this book will give you a clear and firm foundation. If you've practiced for many years, it will challenge you to bring your practice firmly down to earth, rooted in everyday emotional reality.
The chapter about Bayda's experience working with hospice patients was very moving, but they weren't just an anecdote. He successfully pointed how the experiences deepened his practice.
The chapter on loving kindness meditation was also interesting. It's more commonly used by teachers in the Vipassana tradition, like Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein, so I was suprised to see it here. Bayda uses the method not to create some special mind-state, but to see where he has blocked off his being from experiencing what's going on in the moment.
In summary, this is a good book if you are new to meditation and are looking for a way to approach spiritual practice that is free of Buddhist terms. I think people of any religion find this book useful. It outlines tools for seeing the reactive patterns and habits that narrow our lives and that inhibit meaningful interactions with the world.
It is one thing to know something about a religion or way of life yet it is another to be able to apply it. Ezra Bayda has most succinctly given the best instruction of how to apply Zen to one's life where we need it the most; during those moments when we are gripped with our core pain. Core pain is comprised of our anger, traumas, sadness, feelings of inferiority, etc. It is this core pain that can make our life a living hell. Ezra examines these emotions and teaches us how we can mindfully learn to transform them in a way that truly works. Instead of denying them or trying to escape them we learn that they are part of our path in life. And while it takes courage to be present with these emotions we learn that they are but old programs and often ancient belief systems that take us away from the genuine life we all deserve.
At least one reader has referred to this as being like a self-help book. Yet anytime we look for truth whether it be in religion or psychology, aren't we looking for something to help us. Ezra offers us the tools to achieve transformation in our life. When I ordered this book I had hoped it would teach me how to truly apply Zen teachings to my life. What I didn't realize is that the information this book contains would exceed anything I have read in any religious book, psychology book, or college text.Read more ›
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Beautiful :) It goes straight to the point, no distractions, and in the most kind way :)Published 5 months ago by Ana Rodrigues
Deep and accessible. A wonderful "open anywhere and read" book.Published 13 months ago by Fred Blum, DC
I believe that everyone, practitioner or not, would benefit from reading this book. The lessons go far beyond basic technique into application in everyday living. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roddy Gibbs
One of the most difficult aspects of the path is my own tendency to complicate life with judgments and the need to control. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Robinson
This book excited me so much with it's down-to-earth approach to zen meditation. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially those just beginning sitting meditation or whose... Read morePublished 24 months ago by K. Cugal
I read Charlotte Joko Beck's two books back when they were issued and again in the last 6 months. I was disappointed that Joko didnt write additional books, since I found her... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Pen Name