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Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion Paperback – June 13, 2006
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"The distinctive charm of Rizzetto's book is that she not so much explains Buddhism as applies its precepts to an active, committed, and contemporary life."—Library Journal
"A thought-provoking book that invites the reader to sharpen mindfulness in the presence of the most ordinary, everyday moments."—Ascent Magazine
"Rizzetto's book is an inspiring as well as practical guide. How refreshing! Please read this good book and then pass it on to a friend so that the circle of investigation and engaged practice widens."—Inquiring Mind
"A gem of a book; relevant for all schools of buddhadharma. This work goes well beyond listing and explaining rules to live by. We are given tools of discernment that bring these guidelines to life and make the precepts a far more interesting and creative dharma practice."—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death
"Diane Rizzetto has written a thoughtful, sensitive examination of how to be a genuinely good person in this world. Steering a wise course between recklessness and self-righteousness has never been an easy task in life, and she does a beautiful job guiding that journey."—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Faith
"A wonderfully honest, wise, and useful book, and an important one, as we find a way to express a spirituality of compassion in our troubled world."—Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Waking Up to What You Do, besides being an inviting title, is also an excellent description of what Buddhist practice is fundamentally about. Diane Rizzetto knows this terrain extremely well. She has lived and practiced it her whole life; her methods, insights, and anecdotes invite readers to do the same. This book is about more than just Buddhist precepts. It is a roadmap toward a more awakened and illumined life."—Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice
"No aspect of Zen practice is more crucial today than precepts, the bodhisattva mode of expressing compassion and insight in our troubled world. Diane Rizzetto's book provides a good introduction to actual practical engagement in the life of precepts. Her detailed examples from everyday situations clearly demonstrate how to find our own helpful deep awareness."—Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression
Top Customer Reviews
Every word felt like rain on parched earth. I was in a space where I so needed to be touched by unadorned, but kindly, Truth. That's just what I got. If I lived in the Bay area, I would go and put my head in this woman's lap (at her feet might be more traditional, but the urge is to be held by the warmth and clarity of her understanding).
These teachings are pure and tender and no-nonsense. If you can't see yourself in this book on the precepts as foundation for living, I have to believe you're not looking that carefully.
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Compassionate and thoughtful guidance from a longtime practitioner, this book is a good introduction to the Ten Grave Precepts of Zen Buddhism. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrick McCarthy
We are using this book in a Precepts class. Rizzetto offer some excellent ways to discover your personal entry into the particular precept. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Janice Craig
I first read this book from the library, and absolutely wanted one for myself! It's one of the best I've read on achieving awareness... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by B. Parker
I was very pleased with my purchase from this seller. The book arrived in appropriate time frame, and in perfect condition, just as promised. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by LAKeepers