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Kill Your Self: Life After Ego (Zen for Real Life Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Series: Zen for Real Life (Book 1)

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"Forget The Power of Now. This is the book you want. A really powerful shot of Zen told by a writer who knows what he's talking about. As much essential reading for the beginner as for the master."--Tony Black, author of His Father's Son and The Last Tiger

"Wonderful, eye-opening...packed with a-ha moments...The book is presented in a 'take-it-or-leave-it' style. It isn't preachy. It doesn't want you to do this or that. It just is. And it's so refreshing. Couldn't recommend it more."--J. David Osborne, author of Low Down Death Right Easy

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  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Cracked Sidewalk Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NP03GS
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I'm a Scottish writer and Zen monk based in the U.S. My fiction encompasses crime, horror and the unclassifiable. I'm the author of more than a dozen books, including THE BOOK OF MAN (an American Library Association best book of the year) and KILL YOUR SELF: LIFE AFTER EGO, a bestselling guide to Zen practice. I witnessed two executions in Arizona, invited each time by the prisoner, an experience described in WHY I WATCH PEOPLE DIE.

Several of my books have been translated into French. PREMIERE called me "a white trash Buddhist monk" with "an uncompromising vision, but also full of tenderness and compassion, that makes him one of the most touching and interesting authors of his generation." I live in Portland, Oregon.

Email: mr.graham at fastmail dot com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Krumbein on January 29, 2014
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Early in my Zen journey I came across the Dogen Zenji quote: To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. “What in the world was he talking about?” I thought.

This book, KILL YOUR SELF: Life After Ego, does just this -- it’s a study of the self. Dogo Barry Graham tells us not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear in this 2014 world. Drawing from our Zen ancestors, it’s a practical and useful book for today, whether you are new to Zen or have a few years under your belt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By preciousROY on December 9, 2013
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Nice introduction to zen and why it can help...definitely worth 're-reading the parts that I couldn't quite grasp. Clear writing style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By salesian on November 16, 2012
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My habit is to highlight particularly insightful passages in books I read---however with this book, the practice was abandoned as soon as I reached a quarter of the way through, for its impracticality. I was highlighting near every passage.

This book has a quiet and unexpected immensity and directness to it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bye on April 20, 2014
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A wonderful combination of bite-sized teachings and longer, more expansive sections that explore topics in greater detail. Dogo Barry Graham has a direct and compassionate approach to his teachings. This was one of the most accessible and personally relevant Zen resources I've ever discovered.
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Should be required reading in schools. If for no other reason than to counter the mandatory brainwash dogma every child receives before, during, and after "education."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By esther voisin on April 19, 2014
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A quintessential book about zen teaching. A book to share, a book to read all over again and consult in your everyday life. Dogo Barry Graham is brilliant from heart to Zen !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Stanford on January 16, 2014
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This book has proven to be quite helpful to me over the past couple of months. Graham is very clear about down-to-earth, realistic applications to anyone's life right now--as is, currently, without the purchase of a designer meditation pillow or a subscription to Tricycle magazine. His short, concise musings on life and zen principles are refreshingly irreverent, witty, reassuring, and poignant.

As a person who doesn't subscribe to any particular religion, I appreciated lines like, "Ecstatic, agitated, calm, impatient, bored, rapturous--whatever comes up, just acknowledge it and return to the breath. To return to the breath is to return to life, your life, this moment," and "There's not much Zen practice going on anywhere, especially in Zen centers. There's not much spiritual practice going on anywhere..."

Most importantly, though, after having read this book, I understand the importance of appreciating and loving myself, just as I am, in this moment--without agonizing over the future, my career, my publications, my writing routine, my skin, my wardrobe, my "self." Before zen, nothing is good enough. After zen, all is good enough, because all beings are inherently valuable, but also, things haven't changed, but you've changed. You've been shown how to view the same home movie of your own life in a different way: not completely detached, with indifference, but in a way that allows yourself the space to realize there is a movie playing onscreen, but it's only a story.

Highly recommended!
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