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The Best Buddhist Writing 2011 (A Shambhala Sun Book) Paperback – September 20, 2011

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“It’s the juxtaposition of overtly religious essays against explorations of everyday life that makes this volume such captivating reading.”—Booklist

“Sit with it patiently and without expectation, and great things will emerge.”—Yoga International

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Product Details

  • Series: A Shambhala Sun Book
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Maezen Miller is a wife and mother as well as a Zen Buddhist priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. She and her family live in Sierra Madre, California, with a century-old Japanese garden in their backyard. She writes about spirituality in everyday life. She is the author of Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden, Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood, and her writing is included in numerous anthologies.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pema Nyan Drag on May 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of writings from Shambhala Sun, a publication that has provided eclectic yet consistent information and thoughtful interviews with figures from the many different schools of Buddhism.
I particularly enjoyed the piece from Matthieu Ricard "Why Meditate?" which offers direct answers to the essential practice of the dharma. He states that change is possible with training the mind to get out of negative, habitual patterns. The article also examines some of presumptions of meditation and clarifies some common misconceptions. The piece ends with a section titled "Liberating Monkey Mind" which is the result of dedicated practice that will lead to the change of the restless ego.
This idea is also an emphasized many times by Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche whose piece "Taming The Mind" expands upon the idea of training the mind to realize its true nature.
The mind in its natural state is calm, clear, loving, and kind to all sentient beings in the universe. This clarity is the true essence of our mind yet this becomes obscured through grasping and habitual patterns.
"We do not always experience the mind in this way because ignorance obscures our awareness of the mind's true nature. However, the wisdom is always there...temporary obscurations cover and distort the essential of the mind. When we completely remove the ignorance and reveal the mind's true nature, we are enlightened."
It has been said that if the teachings of the Buddha could be reduced to three lines they would read:
Try to avoid negative actions.
Try to cultivate positive actions.
Learn to purify and tame the mind.

...and this, as the Ven. Khenpos point out must be done by ourselves.
No one else can do this for us yet the Buddha has given us instructions to the way out, and it starts within.
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By justgin on June 28, 2013
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I so enjoy reading these kinds of books. With this one someone has taken the time to put the BEST OF the year all together for you so you can just sit and enjoy. WONDERFUL!
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