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Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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It's virtually axiomatic now that America has its own brand of Zen Buddhism, and the author of this skilled volume proves the point. Shoshanna is a Hasidic Jew who has been both practicing zazen and maintaining a psychotherapy practice for more than 25 years. Here she weaves a fine tapestry out of these splendid, assorted threads. Five sections ("Getting Started," "Cravings and Compulsions," "Letting Go," Dissolving the False Self" and "Zen, God and Enlightenment") use traditional Buddhist and contemporary American stories and quotes and lucid prose to invite anyone and everyone down Zen's calming, clarifying garden path. These forms are supplemented by both provocative koans and "Zen in Action" exercises at the conclusion of each of the 18 short chapters. The last chapter, "Zen and God," might well have been placed first, since it elucidates the neutrality of Zen that can make it completely compatible with other institutionalized or personalized beliefs. This book has less to do with the mechanics of sitting and more to do with the realities of integrating Zen practice into real life. Shoshanna extends an empty and richly filled hand, offering both the sublime and the practical, which are one and the same in the Zen world. This is a highly recommended volume for beginners and new practitioners who are coming to the truth that "to find the answers to your life questions, you must look within. Nothing less will do. Nothing more is needed."
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
Discover a simple and powerful way to make your life more peaceful and more fulfilling every day. This book makes the mysteriesand miraclesof Zen accessible to everyone.
Known as "Dr. Brenda," the relationships expert on the iVillage.com Web site, Brenda Shoshanna has studied and practiced Zen meditation for almost three decades. In this gentle but practical guide, she introduces you to the Zen approach, allowing you to experience your fundamental strength and beautyyour Buddha naturewhile showing you how to calm the "monkey mind" that keeps you restless and craving. In Zen Miracles, Dr. Shoshanna shows you step-by-step how to open yourself to appreciating the great gifts and miracles you receive daily.
In this book, youll learn the importance of mindfulnessand the essence of letting go. Youll see how the false ego can distort and constrict your thoughts, causing emotional pain and confusion. You may be surprised to find out how smoothly Zen practice can coexist with, and even strengthen, your spirituality or religious faith. Focusing on practical ways to integrate Zen practice with family, work, relationships, and everyday life, Zen Miracles includes exercises that you can perform wherever you are.
Put this book into practice and see stress, confusion, loneliness, and anger dissolve right before your eyes. Achieve a calmness, compassion, and clarity you have never known. Discover Zen Miracles and find the joy of peace and contentment that lies waiting, ready to blossom, in every aspect of your life.
"If you are looking for a way to have happiness and still live in this world, you have come to the right book. Rarely do eloquent prose, gems of quotes, simple wisdom, and practical exercises come in one book: Zen Miracles offers all of these and more. Whatever your spiritual orientation, this is a book you will refer to for years to come."Lee Jampolsky, Ph.D., author of Healing Together, Healing the Addictive Mind, and The Art of Trust
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Every time I re-read Dr. Shoshanna's books, I walk away with new insight and feel like I am learning new information that I seemed to overlook the last time. I attribute this feeling to evolvement of life, growth and perspective.
I find this book rich and generous in the lessons and insight it offers. I think that this book was meant to be the kind of a book that should be re-read throughout one's life time.
This is the type of a book I try to read for at least 5 minutes each day. It helps to bring peace, and for me, it puts me in a state of meditation. Spend at least a couple of minutes reading the book each day and watch and see how your brain is slowly rewired in a positive way.
Ever time I return to this book after months of not reading it, I wonder why I had taken time off from reading it. This is difinitely one of my favourite books and authors. Thank you Dr. Shoshanna.
What I like about this book is its ecumenism. It covers the very abstract aspects of daily meditation practice and makes them real through illustrations from many different cultures and religions.
This book presents a pathway to faith and now I can see many more of the daily miracles in my life rather than focusing on difficulties and problems. It makes me say thank you over and over each day as I recognize these miracles - thank you to God and thank you to Brenda for showing me the way.