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Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
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I love this book. I don't know if it will really help me to make meditation part of my life, but I feel like it will. It is short. It is simple. Both of the those can be both good and bad. I tend to be a bulk snob when it comes to information. The more information, and the more complex that information is, the more likely I am to trust in that information as truthful and useful. I have to throw those out for Buddha in Blue Jeans. My first reaction that it couldn't be this simple has been dissuaded by some rather successful meditation sessions. Of course I've had many more attempts than successes. I'm so used to trying to analyze and understand every thought that it's hard to trust and let go. But I'm trying, and every time I reread the book I get some new insight or trick to try.

Having said all that, I should state that if you are looking for a self-help book with lots of helpful hints and guidance, you may be disappointed. It leaves a lot up to the reader, which is the point, but still, some of us like being led by the leash into new experiences.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2012
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This book could've saved me alot of trouble keeping track of all the things I was/wasn't supposed to be doing during meditation. Best of all, I realized that I was taking the practice to seriously rather than just sitting still & observing myself quietly without judgement. I feel as if everything I need for my practice is in this short consise book that I literally carry with me everywhere I go, on my phone. & to think that I only downloaded it because it was free & didnt bother to look at it for several weeks.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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This book, at it's face value, might not seem like much. It's a very short book (as it states in the title) but for the most part it's exactly what you need to set yourself right. There are alot of people that stress the details, that need ceremony and great struggles for something to have meaning and feel like they are getting benefit. Most of what we need is for someone to say "Hey! Just be present here, now." That's a majority of our problem, if we were to sit and calm ourselves, pay attention and just be present for a while, you'd be amazed at the results. This book outlines it beautifully and is a good companion to have so that you can go back to it again and again and remember what is important, just to sit quietly, and learn what you need....by sitting quietly.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
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This was a short but beautiful read. It is a reminder to us all that we should practice mindfulness often! It left me feeling pleasantly calm with the sense that I'd just been pulled, ever so gently, back into line.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2012
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Nice short book. It gets to the point without belaboring it. It's good in a pinch, and a nice reminder in these busy times.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
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This was a simple read, and I've been practicing sitting quietly. You don't realize how hard that is until you try to do it! Will use this over and over.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
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Short and valuable book written with kindness and love. The author approaches many aspects of mankind given emphasis to meditation as part of daily routine. Thank you so much and I look forward for others books from this author.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2014
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I’m just glad that I got this “book” for free. If I’d paid $4.00 plus shipping for this truncated Buddhadrivel – ten pages of warmed-over, dumbed-down, New Age Zen, which I read in about 5 minutes – I’d have returned it the second I was done with it.

Judging from the content (or lack thereof) in this mini-book, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if it was “twittered” rather than written.

The author bills himself as a Zen priest, but he has no real understanding of Zen, which he reduces to simplistic, misleading “now-age” directives.

Here’s an example of the level of Dharma you will find in this pseudo-book:

“Be real. Be yourself. You won the lottery, you were born. You won the lottery, you are you. You are Buddha in Blue Jeans. Enjoy being yourself! You will learn this sitting quietly.”

The author deserves credit for coming up with a cool book title, and criticism for creating a crummy “book.”
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2014
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I honestly think the book and the 5-star reviews together constitute some sort of a scam on genuine readers drawn to the profound concepts of mindfulness and meditation.

I cannot help thinking the author is a cheat who put together some fourth grade level verses that basically consist or repeating the phrases "Be calm. be quiet" etc. Duh..what is a reader supposed to take away from this babble ?

If you want some genuine guidance on meditation, its subtleties, and how to bring mediation effectively into your life I would suggest Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life That book has the true potential to give you a new and stable outlook towards your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
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OK I knew it was going to be short. Very short. But really, 19 pages including the intro page.... and the rest of the pages are double or triple spaced...... and most of the pages are only a half page or less. I don't even think that qualifies for the word book. It's more like a pamphlet or at best, a little booklet.

Example of 1 whole page:

A wish for the world.

May all beings be happy!
May all beings be one!
May all begins be peaceful!

That's it! One full page of the 19 pages. I honestly don't understand the raves and star ratings this "book" received. To me, it was a total waste of money.
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