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Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Lifeby Ezra Bayda
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We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life. What we need is the willingness to just be with our experiences—whether they are painful or pleasing—opening ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything. But doing this requires that we confront our most deeply rooted fears and assumptions in order to gradually become free of the constrictions and suffering they create. Then we can awaken to the loving-kindness that is at the heart of our being.
While many books aspire to bring meditation into everyday experience, Being Zen gives us practical ways to actually do it, introducing techniques that enable the reader to foster qualities essential to continued spiritual awakening. Topics include how to cultivate:
• Perseverance: staying with anger, fear, and other distressing emotions.
• Stillness: abiding with chaotic experiences without becoming overwhelmed.
• Clarity: seeing through the conditioned beliefs and fears that "run" us.
• Direct experience: encountering the physical reality of the present moment—even when that moment is exactly where we don't want to be.
Like Pema Chödrön, the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart, Ezra Bayda writes with clear, heartfelt simplicity, using his own life stories to illustrate the teachings in an immediate and accessible way that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.
This work states that we can use whatever life presents to strengthen our spiritual practice, including the turmoil of daily life. It blends storytelling, traditional Buddhist teachings, and humour, to explore such topics as finding stillness, and working with difficult emotions such as fear.
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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