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Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment Paperback – September 13, 2011
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“With compassion and humor, Ezra Bayda has graced us with ways to accept what is and to reside in it fearlessly, giving us a roadmap to enduring happiness and equanimity.”—David Richo, PhD, author of The Five Things We Cannot Change
“A wise and deep-hearted book, a must-read for today’s world.”—Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
“This book offers an extremely sane, practical, and grounded approach to the larger happiness that lies beyond conventional notions of happiness. Ezra Bayda details simple yet powerful methods both to work with mental and emotional obstacles and to cultivate well-being, and it’s clear that his hard-won insights grow out of his own dedicated inquiry and practice. Highly recommended.”—John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening
“Bayda’s writing is straightforward and his wisdom hard-earned. When he tells us that he himself was ‘born with a fairly low set point for happiness,’ you get the feeling that Bayda understands what it is that gets people stuck and, having learned a few things himself over years of practice, that his only agenda for Beyond Happiness is to help people find their own way. Fortunately for readers, he’s a trustworthy guide.”—Tricycle Magazine
“Bayda’s deep understanding of his topic allows him to keep a conversational tone and tie his wisdom into everyday practices. This book is a genuine attempt to help people to see beyond their daily preoccupations and move towards a path of fulfillment.”—PsychCentral.com
“Good advice from a compassionate teacher”—NewAgeJournal.com
“In a calm, measured prose on slowing down the aggressive, hyperactive mind, Bayda guides the reader through the helpful steps of simple meditation. Those with an open mind about an open mind will be rewarded in reading Beyond Happiness with the most gentle of mentors on the path towards contentment.”—Portland Book Review
About the Author
Ezra Bayda teaches at Zen Center San Diego. He is also the author of Being Zen, At Home in the Muddy Water, Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts), and Zen Heart. For more information, visit www.zencentersandiego.org.
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Our shared human purpose is simply to wake up to our true nature, which is Being. The most effective way to do that is simply to surrender to what-is right now while dropping all our thoughts and evaluations about it.
This book is short on techniques because they are not what matter. It's long on what does matter, namely, dropping the craving mind with all its goals and developing a real appreciation for life by surrendering to whatever is real in the present moment. The chief idea is to let that reality be our teacher -- and there's nobody who cannot do that.
If you want to find a deeper happiness I recommend this book.
In particular, if you have not read his July 2010 Shambhala Sun article "5 Questions That Help Us Wake Up," I highly recommend it. This has helped me through many a period of upheaval or distress, large and small. It's a masterpiece.
Ezra Bayda may actually have ruined me for other authors--right after I read this book, I read another Buddhist author's recent book, and really didn't like it at all. I kept wondering, "But what am I supposed to DO?" Ezra Bayda will tell you, very clearly.
Relax ! forgive yourself, let go of the Ego's bulls*** games.
Then find out who you can be.
Smile, relax, slow down
Welcome the present into your life with Happiness!