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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Also, the ezar of Thich Nhat Hanh, a great man ezrs highly influenced both of these authors, teaches the art of mindful living in a very understandable manner.

He argues–not persuasively, though it rang true to me–that most of our life is a performance, acting out conditioned responses without any thought. We no longer need to panic, or try to push it away. Ezra Bayda I have not had the honor of meeting you personally yet I thank you most sincerely for the gift of your writings.

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The first is being in the body–the experience. So from the very beginning of my practice I decided to confront my fears directly whenever they arose, thereby hoping to amputate them.

Nov 28, Gemma rated it it was amazing. He sees fixing problems as often a way of avoiding the motional work hayda their presence implies. I thought that if I studied and meditated, and struggled to change my behaviors, Zeb could replace the undesirable parts of myself with a new, improved version of me—one that was free bajda anxiety. These examples illustrate two of the classic misconceptions about dealing with anxiety and fear.

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

He originally trained in the Gurdjieff tradition, living in a community led by Robert De Ropp. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.


Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? I’ve given it to many people as a gift. Mar 24, Alexis rated it it was amazing. Item s unavailable for purchase. It took me a while to get into this book, but as continued to read more and more, it started to click.

But if you have, well, it’s fine–an easy and quick read–but it takes fresh eyes to find the insights among the familiar lands. While I am not a practitioner of Buddhism, I found this book to be very enlightening and many of the lessons to be applicable just in every day life, thoughts and behaviors.

He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors. The goal of practice is not to shave off those conditioned responses, like barnacles off bwing ship–that’s impossible–but to become aware of them, so that they do not have so much power over us In discussing distress, he breaks hayda practice into four, but I do not see why the categories would not work for any of the situations he describes.

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. Becoming a Practical Mystic. You can also subscribe without commenting. None of them is startlingly new, but his explanations ebing precise, discriminating among similar practices and noting how results change over time as the meditator grows more experienced with tools for inner inquiry. The author is a former student of Charlotte Joko Beck.

I’m working my way through our Buddhist bookshelf, and this is the current one. Jul 11, Harley rated it it was amazing. If every other book adds spice to your life, this book is a cool drink of water.

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The book helps you with this work while turning wriggling and twisting but still sitting! Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

If you practice seeing the good in everyone you meet, you will meet good people. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Also see “Saying yes ti life” and “At home in muddy waters”. OMG – Could it get bada simpler or more sane without being wimpy? It was well worth my time.


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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.

Like many drawn to the meditative practices, he has experienced chronic disease.

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda

The language of the book never quite gels, giving it a nubbly, somewhat unpleasant texture. I plan to read all of his books. The Yoga of Relationships. In fact, she wrote the foreword.

We will always have work. We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life.

Making a Change baydq Good. 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.

Instead, we can see it and use it as a catalyst on our path. Practicing the Power of Now. Infact other than day to day stuff – beng them mundane mind objects-as they arise, what else is there?

Bsing Would Buddha Act? Spectacular, explained some things in in a fresh way that I couldn’t seem to quite wrap my head around before.

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