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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861716817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861716814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wise and lucid book that explores awareness, patience, and generosity, three essential qualities of goodness so needed in our world today. This treasured book, written by a dedicated teacher of Buddhism, is a source of inspiration and guidance that the reader returns to again and again." (Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying)

"A wise, humane, and level-headed approach to spirituality, wonderful counterweight to the more magical and doctrinaire accounts of Zen and Buddhism that are still all too common, even in a time when most practitioners are looking for down to earth benefits from their practice." (Norman Fischer, author of Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls.)

"An uplifting work combining grounded good sense with soaring poetic beauty, it is a Zen book that transcends Zen books." (Grace Schireson, author of Zen Women)

"Inspiring. With the voice of a caring old friend, Les Kaye shows how the essence of a spiritual life practice is paying careful attention." (Frank Jude Boccio, author of Mindfulness Yoga)

"Les Kaye is a master at finding spiritual lessons in the bits and pieces of our ordinary experience. He invites us to join him in the simple practice of becoming aware of what is actually going on, both inside our heads and in the world around us. Joyously Through the Days is a gentle little guide to such practice and a worthy companion to the author's earlier Zen at Work." (Carl Bielefeldt, author of Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation)

"Whatever one's spiritual inclination, Joyously Through The Days could serve as a valuable guide to a deeper awareness of personal beliefs and habits that shape how we respond to the world around us. If you've ever wondered about the practice of meditation, Kaye's book would be a great place to start." (Los Altos Town Crier)

About the Author

Les Kaye received dharma transmission, authority to teach, from Hoitsu Suzuki, son and successor to Shunryu Suzuki. He as appointed teacher at Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California. He and his wife Mary have two adult children and a grandson and live in Los Altos, California.

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Short chapters make it easy to read and then think about the chapter.
Nancy C. Peterson
It can be challenging to step back and find some understanding in the midst of the mundane stresses of the day to day, but this book invites us to exhale and see anew.
Randy
Wonderful expression of the Dharma: the talks are clear, simple, and compelling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimmyle Listenbee on May 1, 2011
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Several days ago I received my first copy of 'Joyfully Through the Days'. Intending to peruse it, I found myself sitting down instead to read the whole thing through. It is not that it is different from most Dharma texts in providing the reader with much complex material for thought and reflection, but rather it is written so transparently, with such deep and realistic understanding, that every chapter inspires and challenges the reader in equal measure, leading her/him on to encounter the next one. This book is a great gift to my practice. I expect to share it and to read it again and again.
Jimmyle Listenbee 5/1/11
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fabio on April 29, 2011
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Les Kaye is the Teacher - the Roshi, in buddhist parlance - of the Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View, CA: right in the heart of the Silicon Valley, next door to Google, Facebook, Apple, and everything else that is buzzing around here.

Les' voice is a familiar one to me: I have the good fortune to see him every morning at the Zendo for meditation, and - right after that - at the local Starbucks, where our sangha meets for coffee and informal chat with Les. After coffee we all go back to our busy lives: spouses, kids and our work in the Valley. I can't possibly immagine a better way to start the day: we get to reconnect with our true nature and with our friends; The rest of the day appears in a different light, life continuously looks like an adventure, even when things sometimes appear difficult.

This book tells stories about our lives, of our foolishness, and of our amazing potential as human beings. Les' language is simple and it directly relates with everyday's ordinary experience. As in the books of Suzuki Roshi - Les' first teacher - there is no direct talk of enlightenment here. But do not be deceived, behind the apparent simplicity of the language that Les chooses to use there is an incredible depth of understanding of our human nature, and at the same time the constant capacity to smile and encourage us to find hidden treasures at every step in our life.

Les has worked in the Tech industry for over thirty years in many positions of responsibility. His way is not that of the recluse, but that of engagement in life. The stories in this book come from the day to day events that happen all the time around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Prisco on August 21, 2011
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Les's book is my new favorite Zen book. It is unlike any other Zen book I have read.

By reading just a few paragraphs in this book, I start feeling better. Rather than leaving me with a number of hopeful propositions, this book helps me to make peace with myself right away. It helps me to notice my mind and to make peace with its momentary inclinations. In the end, the book leaves me with more strength to do what I need to do. After going on for a while, I can't quite feel the book's encouragement anymore, and I am drawn to go back to read its elusive, obvious message or just to go practice meditation.

I can't help thinking that the originality of this book is the result of 45 years of uninterrupted practice in the same practice place, following the same practice schedule, wisely adapted to fit smoothly in a modern, family and work life. The book does not directly bring up the traditional lists of Buddhist moral virtues, truths and key words, it does not get involved in the analysis of Buddhist philosophical concepts or traditional student-teacher dialogues or ancient texts. It does not take a scientific point of view based on psychology, neuroscience, quantum physics. It does not present a self-help method to personal happiness. It does not refer much to the traditional forms and arts of Zen meditation practice. To my surprise, Les does not even resort to the poetic, logic-defying language of his teacher (Suzuki Roshi) and his lineage.

I am very comfortable suggesting this book to anyone.

I am a Zen student, Les is my teacher. I take to opportunity to thank him here for this book, that gently keeps helping me whenever I need it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HelmsAlee on May 13, 2011
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"Another lecture" is not to be found in this book. Instead, it is a "good read" with much to consider. Ordinary problems, characteristics, emotions, are given meanings I never thought about before. Then the teachings are gently offered. My daughter and I shared ZEN AT WORK with relish, and we're both joyful about the insights in this new book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZZ on May 30, 2011
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This is a collection of brief reflections, most anchored by a single modest, everyday anecdote, and all expressed in a readable style that is both plain and warmly personal.

The individual chapters are no more than a few pages long, and each has a clear focus. So, I've been reading them one at a time, then, while going on with my day, feeling subtly guided by the author's thoughtfulness and encouragement.

You will find here no preaching, grand claims, or rhetorical flourishes. Instead, the author, drawing upon his considerable experience as a zen practitioner and teacher, simply shares his quiet, sensitive, and acute observations upon the dilemmas and opportunities that we all face in our daily lives. He explains how to encounter those uncertainties in wholehearted and aware ways that cultivate peace and happiness.

Although the format of the book encourages dipping in and appreciating it in bits, the cumulative effect is not random or slight. As the subtitle suggests, the sequencing and links from chapter to chapter represent a journey. The generosity of that is to remind us how, one step and moment at a time, we all can benefit from choosing a mindful path.

I expect to return to this book often for practical insights and grounding.
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