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Everyday Zen: Love & Work Paperback – February 22, 1989
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“An extraordinary book for ordinary people. It speaks about ultimate matters with ultimate simplicity.” (Robert Aiktken, Roshi, author of Taking the Path of Zen)
“Deals with the most important spiritual practice of all--how we can live awakened in our daily life.” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry)
“An extraordinary book for ordinary people. It speaks about ultimate matters with ultimate simplicity.” (David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B, author of A Listening Heart)
About the Author
Charlotte Joko Beck, who passed away in 2011, was the founder and former head teacher at the Zen Center in San Diego.
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Using Zen as personal therapy may actually work. Lots of people think it does, and Joko presents it very well. She seems to have been a wise and compassionate teacher.
Amazon's star system doesn't cope well with a book that the reviewer thinks is well done and yet has problems with. Ergo, four stars and the disparaging subject line.
Namely, she discusses *why* we learn more about ourselves when we sit. She suggests labeling your thoughts (I know, I know - not very zen) to identify your patterns. Do you think about yourself, do you worry about the future, do you judge others? The thoughts that come up most frequently say a lot about you. And she suggests that after thousands of repetitions of labeling these thought patterns, they slowly fade. It's just like with any other skill, practice makes perfect! Excellent tip, and of course there's more.