Zen: The Art of Simple Living

Zen: The Art of Simple Living

'Does for mental clutter what Marie Kondo has done for household clutter' Publisher's Weekly A beautifully illustrated guide to slowing down, finding true happiness and feeling calm, by Zen Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno. _________ Zen is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life . . . In clear, practical and easy to follow lessons - one a day for 100 days - renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to show you how to apply the essence of Zen to modern life. You will learn how to exhale deeply to eliminate negative emotions, to arrange your house simply to clear your thinking, to line up your shoes at night to bring order to your mind, to plant a single flower and watch it grow, to worry less about what you cannot control, and so much more . . . You will even make time to think about nothing at all. Simplify your life with the art of Zen, and learn how to feel more relaxed, fulfilled, and with a renewed sense of peace. __________ 'This little treasure needs to be at every bedside' llan Lokos, author of Through the Flames, Patience, and Pocket Peace 'Zen: The Art of Simple Living makes the wisdom of the Buddha radically accessible' Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Emotional Rescue and Rebel Buddha

Being Black

Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace

Being Black

"Honest, courageous... Williams has committed an act of love."—Alice Walker "A classic."—Jack Kornfield There truly is an art to being here in this world, and like any art, it can be mastered. In this elegant, practical book, Angel Kyodo Williams combines the universal wisdom of Buddhism with an inspirational call for self-acceptance and community empowerment. Written by a woman who grew up facing the challenges that confront African-Americans every day, Being Black teaches us how a "warrior spirit" of truth and responsibility can be developed into the foundation for real happiness and personal transformation. With her eloquent, hip, and honest perspective, Williams—a Zen priest, social activist, and entrepreneur—shares personal stories, time-tested teachings, and simple guidelines that invite readers of all faiths to step into the freedom of a life lived with fearlessness and grace.

Idiot's Guides: Zen Living

Idiot's Guides: Zen Living

In today's harried, ultra-connected, technology-laden society, it's easy to become overwhelmed. The term "zen" is used freely by those seeking to calm and simplify their lives. But to truly reap the benefits of Zen, one must understand what it is and how to change his or her thinking and actions to achieve it. Zen monk and sensei Domyo Burk shows readers how to get started on the path to enlightenment and peace, regardless of cultural or religious affiliations. In this book, readers get: - An introduction to what Zen is-and what it isn't. - A foundation for how to get started in Zen practice. - Explanations of the essential teachings of Zen and how they can free readers from the dissatisfaction that is inherent in modern life and improve mental and physical health. - Step-by-step instructions for engaging in Zazen meditation. - Guidance on increasing mindfulness, seeking clarity and enlightenment, and living by the Zen moral code. - Tips for maintaining daily Zen practice, using it to deal with difficult and painful situations, and mastering the art of living.

What Universe Are You Creating?

Zen and the Art of Recording and Listening: a 54-Card Deck and Guidebook

What Universe Are You Creating?

This book and card deck is structured as a daily game in which readers randomly choose a card from the deck and then read the corresponding pages in the book. The intention is to broaden perspective, lift spirits, and improve the quality of one's life. Zen is the practice of presence, in which we are free from the conditioned mind's anxiety, fear, depression, and worry. Choosing presence over misery is impossible without the ability to direct our attention at will; without the skill of directing our attention to how we want our lives to be, we remain victim to habitual patterns of thinking that keep us stuck in suffering. What Universe Are You Creating? is a playful, powerful tool for learning the skill that frees us. Recording and Listening is a revolutionary tool for practicing turning attention from incessant, haranguing, karmically conditioned patterns of thought and action to the peace of presence. Recording in our own voice and then listening to kind words, encouragement, inspirational readings, favorite songs, gratitude lists, meditations--in short, being our own mentor--turns attention away from the constant stream of negative self-talk, revealing its illusory nature.

You Are Here

Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

You Are Here

By a renowned Buddhist monk and best-selling author, this guide offers simple daily practices--including mindfulness of breath, mindful walking, deep listening, mindful speech, and more--to help readers discover the happiness and freedom of living in the present moment.

The Art of Zen Meditation

The Art of Zen Meditation

Bestselling author Howard Fast’s straightforward introduction to Zen meditation Howard Fast began to formally practice Zen meditation after turning away from communism in 1956. The Art of Zen Meditation, originally published by the antiwar political collective Peace Press in 1977, is the fruit of Fast’s study: a brief and instructive history of Zen Buddhism and its tenets, written with a simplicity that is emblematic of the philosophy itself. Fast’s study of Zen also inspired his popular Masao Masuto mystery series about a Zen Buddhist detective in Beverly Hills, which he published under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham. The Art of Zen Meditation is illustrated with twenty-three beautiful photographs. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.

The Art of Caring

Zen Stories

The Art of Caring

The Art of Caring is a collection of stories loosely based on the great teachings of Zen Buddhism. Each story contains a kernel of truth although at times the reader must be diligent in winnowing it out. Though the author has both practiced and studied Zen Buddhism, the Tao, and the I-Ching for over thirty years in places both near and far these philosophy stories are not meant as a teaching tool. Rather, they seek to lead the reader to insights gleaned by simple living and dying.

Zen on the go

A drawing together of simple yet deep life experiences

Zen on the go

It takes time and a lot of seasons for a great tree to realize its true dimensions. From that vantage point, it tells us stories—stories not only of joy but also those that contain pain. As the seasons change, the tree changes as well; it rejoices with spring, tempers with summer, wizens with autumn and quietens with the winter. This process of watching the tree as it accepts, embodies and reflects every season and learns from it is the very alchemy of Zen. All of us have grown up listening to stories from this tree of life. The esoteric becomes real in the telling and retelling of stories. It is these stories that teach us that happiness is not found in seeking out extraordinary experiences but in examining our life closely, in reflecting on our experiences and in becoming more cognizant of our surroundings—just like the tree. This is a book of little stories and anecdotal experiences, which pull us out of our hectic schedules and help us discover a moment of Zen in our own lives.

Zen and the Art of Wholeness

Developing a Personal Spiritual Psychology that Will Transform Your Life

Zen and the Art of Wholeness

As a spiritual seeker, you are on a quest for truth. This journey to find your truth has many names: becoming whole, self-actualized, enlightened, individuated, or authentic. All roads lead to the same destination: your essence, being, true nature, or original face. Here you will find your source of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. In our Western culture, our need for wholeness expresses itself through its greatest obstacle - the tension between survival and meaning. Resolving this tension is a large part of finding happiness and fulfillment in life. We need to achieve a harmonious balance between the objective goal-oriented world and the subjective intuitive world - a union between the mind and the heart. Much like the Zen tradition of pointing the way, author Charles McCauley points the way for you to navigate your unique quest for wholeness. He guides you on a spiritual and psychological journey that is, above all, a personal experience. By using a unique synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological wisdom that addresses contemporary issues, Zen and the Art of Wholeness leads you towards discovering and fully experiencing the whole life you were born to have.