By Ezra Bayda (Author), Charlotte Joko Beck (Foreword)
We will be able to use no matter what lifestyles offers, Ezra Bayda teaches, to bolster our religious practice—including the turmoil of lifestyle. What we want is the willingness to only be with our experiences—whether they're painful or pleasing—opening ourselves to the truth of our lives with no attempting to repair or switch something. yet doing this calls for that we confront our such a lot deeply rooted fears and assumptions in an effort to steadily develop into freed from the constrictions and anguish they convey. Then we will be able to wake up to the loving-kindness that's on the middle of our being.
While many books aspire to carry meditation into daily adventure, Being Zen provides us functional how you can really do it, introducing innovations that let the reader to foster traits necessary to persevered religious awakening. issues contain tips on how to domesticate:
• Perseverance: staying with anger, worry, and different distressing feelings.
• Stillness: abiding with chaotic studies with out turning into crushed.
• readability: seeing during the conditioned ideals and fears that "run" us.
• Direct adventure: encountering the actual fact of the current moment—even whilst that second is strictly the place we do not are looking to be.
Like Pema Chödrön, the best-selling writer of whilst issues disintegrate, Ezra Bayda writes with transparent, heartfelt simplicity, utilizing his personal lifestyles tales to demonstrate the lessons in a right away and available manner that may attract a large spectrum of readers.
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Not to say that practice has to be a dark and grim task. The more honest we are at looking at ourselves, at seeing through our blind spots and cover strategies, the lighter we become. Why? Because in becoming more aware, we can give up our unnecessary baggage—the self-images that we cling to, the pretenses, the someone special we think we need to be. The first time I met Joko Beck was in a formal interview at a retreat, and I was anxious about how to relate to a famous Zen teacher. I sat down and told her my name.
But when my wife and I both came down with severe immune system disorders, high levels of DDT residue were found in our blood. The DDT had been buried on our property prior to our owning it, and the poisons had made their way into our bodies indirectly through the vegetables and meat that we were so carefully raising. The prolonged exposure consequently broke down our immune systems. Ironically the effort to live a healthy organic lifestyle had contributed to the onset of chronic debilitating disease.
Try as we will, there’s no way we can strategize and control our world so that difficulties won’t befall us. The real issue is whether we will learn from the helplessness that arises when our strategies fail. When my life fell apart with the onset of the immune system disease, it took me many years to really understand the great teaching of the helplessness of the loss of control. But even when we learn from these major upsets, as soon as we get back on our feet, we often go right back to gliding on the thin ice.
Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda (Author), Charlotte Joko Beck (Foreword)