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Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by [Bayda, Ezra]
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"Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life...he has a gift for describing 'ordinary mind, ' or the customary thoughts, feelings, and experiences of everyday life. His style is as plainspoken as Pema Chodron."

"A skillfull wedding of mindfulness and Zen--straightforward, simple, and wise."

" Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life. He has a gift for describing 'ordinary mind, ' or the customary thoughts, feelings, and experiences of everyday life. His style is as plainspoken as Pema Chö drö n's. He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors." — "Publishers Weekly" " With clarity and compassion, Bayda applies Zen Buddhist principles to everyday life. He explains how all experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, help us to discover our 'path' to wisdom and an open heart. Presented here are realistic suggestions to help us survive the journey." — "Library Journal" " Ezra Bayda wisely translates the Eastern spiritual belief into an extremely useful handbook for practice. "Being Zen" is humble and direct, which reminds me most of Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind." It is what its title states— not an explanation of Buddhism or Zen, but an essential guide to its daily practice. Bayda's is a gentle, sharing voice that evenly embraces humor and sincerity, bringing reason and heart-sense to our most irrational behaviors." — "Parabola"

"Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life. He has a gift for describing 'ordinary mind, ' or the customary thoughts, feelings, and experiences of everyday life. His style is as plainspoken as Pema Chödrön's. He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors."—"Publishers Weekly "
"With clarity and compassion, Bayda applies Zen Buddhist principles to everyday life. He explains how all experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, help us to discover our 'path' to wisdom and an open heart. Presented here are realistic suggestions to help us survive the journey."—"Library Journal "
"Ezra Bayda wisely translates the Eastern spiritual belief into an extremely useful handbook for practice. "Being Zen " is humble and direct, which reminds me most of Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. " It is what its title states—not an explanation of Buddhism or Zen, but

"Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life. He has a gift for describing 'ordinary mind, ' or the customary thoughts, feelings, and experiences of everyday life. His style is as plainspoken as Pema Chodron's. He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors." "Publishers Weekly "

"With clarity and compassion, Bayda applies Zen Buddhist principles to everyday life. He explains how all experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, help us to discover our 'path' to wisdom and an open heart. Presented here are realistic suggestions to help us survive the journey." "Library Journal "

"Ezra Bayda wisely translates the Eastern spiritual belief into an extremely useful handbook for practice. "Being Zen " is humble and direct, which reminds me most of Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. " It is what its title states not an explanation of Buddhism or Zen, but an essential guide to its daily practice. Bayda's is a gentle, sharing voice that evenly embraces humor and sincerity, bringing reason and heart-sense to our most irrational behaviors." "Parabola"


"A skillful wedding of mindfulness and Zen straightforward, simple, and wise." Jack Kornfield, author of "A Path with Heart " and " After the Ecstasy, the Laundry ""

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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 Chodron, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (25 Mar. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SWQBS8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ezra Bayda speaks from the heart here and the language is easy to understand.Unlike some other books on Zen you will not come away from this feeling like "yeah nice idea this Zen but I find it a bit intimidating" All the chapters in this book are concise and very readable,and each chapter deals with a different aspect of Zen.

I really enjoyed the chapter on practising with fear, it struck a chord deep within me and has triggered some "interesting" nostalgic memories.Ezra Bayda has not been sheltered from pain and his battle with immune disorder does add even more credence to his teachings.

This is by no means an epic read but I think its money well spent.
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I have learnt very much from this book. It's an account of years of practicing meditation and based on real life experience. Unlike other books on this topic, it is written in a simple and powerful way, so much that I have read it again and still use it to remind myself of the profound teachings. Whether you are afflicted by the anxiety of living or simply want to find a different approach to living, this is an excellent book to read!
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This one of the two or three best books on quiet prayer that I've ever read. Bayda's profound and compassionate understanding of how the human mind, indeed of the human being works, and of how our habits of thought ensnare and restrict us - this is all very helpful. It's a very practical book. He's a Buddhist and I'm a Christian. But just as a Buddhist might write a great book on, say, baking bread - and the book be none the less helpful to Christians for it being written by a Buddhist - so this book on quiet prayer and conversion of life loses nothing for being written by Buddhist. I can't think of a Christian who - were he or she to approach it with an open mind - wouldn't find it helpful, and be a better Christian for it.
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A day to day practice method is set out here, with typical issues encountered by the lay practitioner. Ideally read with 'At home in the Muddy water' which covers the same type of approach. Not however necessary to own/read both books as the content and principal approach is similar. Rooted in Joko Beck's approach to Soto Zen practice, helps one to see that "even this is my path'.
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Love this guy's work. It offers exactly what it says on the cover! He is a friend of Pema Chodron too so if you love her work, you might love this one too....makes a lot of sense, good practical advise and to the point instruction. Enjoyed it :)
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