Being Zen has ratings and 40 reviews. Graham said: A great book for applying Zen/Buddhist principles to everyday life.: For over three years I’ve bee. Ezra Bayda is a Zen teacher affiliated with the Ordinary Mind Zen School, having received formal dharma transmission from Charlotte Joko Beck. A student of. The paradox of Zen is that learning to just live in the present requires lots of hard work. In Being Zen, seasoned Zen teacher Ezra Bayda unpacks this paradox.

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I seem to have lost the copy I was reading I’ve always had a sort of resistant feeling about the practice because it seemed too prone to self-delusion and reminded me of affirmations. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The first is being in the body–the experience. Ezra Bayda has most succinctly given the best instruction of how to apply Zen to one’s life where we need it the most; during those moments when we are gripped with our core pain.

The final section of the book is the one most inflected with Tibetan styles of Buddhism, at least in the Trungpa Chogyam line. Lessons from the Dying. I’m working my way through our Buddhist bookshelf, and this is the current one. Trivia About Being Zen: It’s experience all the way down. Dec 22, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 22, Dennis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sitting with whatever that comes is the practice.

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He has been a hospice volunteer for over ten years, and has authored five books, including Being Zen and Zen Heart. March 25, Imprint: Good little book fo wisdom and very practical in how we approach our life.

The Art of Disappearing. This was a deeply moving book – one to which I’ll often return. Legacy of the Heart. Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Bayda is a deceptively simple writer, but there is a lot of wisdom in his words about how to live, and how to use meditation as a tool for awakening compassion and better understanding. Good luck to you on the path. We will always have work.

He has also, for the first time, given me a glimmer of wh Ezra Bayda is a dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck, who was the first Buddhist author I read. The book presupposes that the reader have some understanding of what Zen or Buddhist “practice,” is, and what it entails, but is in no I expected to read about concepts of nothingness, suchness, zen parables, and koans, that so often fill the pages in Zen books.

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To ask other readers questions about Being Zenplease sign baysa. So from the very beginning of my practice I decided to confront my fears directly whenever they arose, thereby hoping to amputate them. Every time I picked it up, it provided new ways of thinking about meditation and day-to-day experiences in a clear way that was really refreshing.

Messages Inspired by Christ Consciousness. But doing this requires that we beimg our most deeply rooted fears and assumptions in order to gradually become free of the constrictions and suffering they create.


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Once we have this understanding, which is a fundamental change in how we relate to beingg, we can begin to deal with the layers of pain and suffering that make up so much of our existence.

Although this is relatively standard Zen, I thought it came from an interesting enough angle that it made some of the concepts clearer to me. One could read the last section without the previous two, and understand most beiny. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. It tells us to not go beyond the outer edge of our cocoon.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. There are many fine authors out there that explain the tenets and fine workings of Buddhism as well as Zen. Instead of seeing fear as our enemy, we can begin to see fear as a wake-up, a signal. Ezra offers us the tools to achieve transformation in our life.

Ezra is one of my teachers there. 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. A New Earth Oprah