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Life Without Stress: The Far Eastern Antidote to Tension and Anxiety Paperback – December 29, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0767900454 ISBN-10: 0767900456 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (December 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767900456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767900454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sokoloff, a practicing dentist and teacher of Far Eastern studies (Univ. of Miami), distills the basic concepts of several Far Eastern traditions in a way that will appeal to pragmatic North Americans. The nonattachment of Buddhism, the spontaneity of Zen practice, the harmony and balance of Taoist thought, and the Confucian legacy of civility and respect are ideals the author singles out as beneficial to Westerners in the quest to find a healthy way to live in an increasingly stressful world. Sokoloff admits that his aim is practical and his treatment of these traditions limited. Although he does so with noble intent, he inadvertently romanticizes the Far Eastern way of life by ignoring the more difficult cultural contradictions that make Eastern spirituality a challenging study. Suitable for beginning readers who don't want more than a superficial introduction to Far Eastern philosophy.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A practical guide to the wisdom of the East that shows how we can apply it to our pragmatic Western view of the world to achieve inner peace.



In Life Without Stress, Arthur Sokoloff demystifies Eastern teachings and shows how the basic tenets of the four major philosophies--Taoism, traditional Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Confucianism--can be applied to life in the West. Through re-tellings of ancient parables and anecdotes from his own life, Sokoloff elucidates the practical lessons inherent in each philosophy: Taoism teaches us to understand that we are at one with the universe; traditional Buddhism offers the keys to finding and eliminating the roots of unhappiness; Zen Buddhism enhances our intuitive abilities; and Confucianism shows us how inner qualities affect and influence our relationships with the external world.



The ideal primer for readers interested in Eastern spirituality, Life Without Stress offers clear explanations and gentle guidance for handling the stress in our lives and achieving inner serenity.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Glasser on April 7, 2002
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thousands of years of Eastern philosophy into a blissfully easy to read book filled with clear definitions and gems of insight about Taoism, traditional Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and Confusianism. Certainly one of the best antidotes for stress begins with reading this book. So many Westerners are overwhelmed with esoteric writings about the Eastern philosophies that they give up. This book is perfect as a primer for basic understanding between East and West doctrines and ideals ; Dr. Sokoloff "speaks our language" and makes us want to continue to learn more of the esoterica of these 4 philosophies. Hats off to the "Zen Dentist".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tortfeasor on April 5, 2000
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This is a really nice little book. It strips away the mysticism and window dressing from Eastern thought, leaving the essential basic ideas, which are really pretty straightforward. I liked it and recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2002
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I am new to Eastern Philosophy and this was a great introduction. For the past year, I have been searching for books that give a concrete explanation of Zen, Taoism, and Confucianism and how it is applied to living stress free. This book is it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynx on September 27, 2001
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I really liked this book. Though he is a dentist and not a scalar of asian philosophy, I leanred a lot from this book and helped me to change my attitude towards the world (well, especially with people around me) He reviews not only one type of idea or philosophy but go though several different ones. So that I think it's good for the people who doens't believe in one religion (ex. Buddism), but want to help themselves though Estern way of thinking.
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