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Title:
Zen 24/7 : all Zen all the time
Author:
Sudo, Philip Toshio.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.
Physical Description:
xviii, 185 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062516787
Format :
Book

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Central Library BQ9286 .S83 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Zen 24/7 shows you how to make each moment a Zen moment in order to transform even your most ho-hum days into once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for spiritual growth and transcendence. Daily koans, parables and meditations, along with Sudo's signature wit and modern-day wisdom, challenge readers to stay rooted in the here and now; look inward and open their mind to eternal truths; regard each day with wonder, hope and gratitude; and recognise the divine in the mundane. Paying attention to the countless, seemingly insignificant things we do every day, such as reading the paper, brushing our teeth, waiting in line and withdrawing cash from the ATM, becomes the pathway to a more profound experience of life.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A more involved but also more fun approach can be found in Philip Toshio Sudo's quirky Zen 24/7: All Zen/All the Time, which dares to dissect a typical day and insert Zen-ish meditation opportunities into the most mundane of moments. Separate chapters deal with driving in the car, running errands, working out, getting ready in the morning and other quotidian activities. Sudo finds that standing in line at the ATM offers an opportunity to experience gratitude for spiritual riches; likewise, stopping at a traffic light gives us the chance to take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of stillness. Those who say they have no time for meditation will relish this humorous but perceptive book. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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Zen 24/7 All Zen, All the Time Introduction Any and every action can be a source of insight ' even enlightenment ' whether it's toothbrushing, going to the bathroom, or opening a can of beer. That's the promise of zen. No matter what we do or where we go, zen is available to us 24/7: twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It never goes away, no matter how routine the day may seem. The most mundane details of life contain zen's profound truths, if we're of the mind to look for them. It's easy to find significance in those days that rise above the ordinary ' a graduation, some great athletic or career triumph, a wedding, the birth of a child. But what about all the days in between? The aim of Zen 24/7 is to look at the everyday, ordinary parts of our lives and see the meaning in them, too; to become so absorbed in the commonplace that we come to know a deeper reality. In so doing, we make today ' plain old today ' a truly special day. Zen teaches that our approach to today determines our whole approach to life. The Japanese call this attitude Ichi-nichi issho: "Each day is a lifetime." We arise in the morning newly born. As we pass through the day, we age and gain experience. When we tire at day's end, we "die" and take our rest. That one arc serves as a miniature of our entire life. What we do during a single day ' and how we do it ' becomes the foundation of our whole lifetime. For what is life but the sum of our days? This very day can be a life's turning point. In a single moment, we can decide to walk the path that has no end. Starting now. Let the day begin. Zen Breath Life begins with a single breath. The moment we're born and leave the womb of our mother, we start the lifelong process of inhale-exhale that continues until the moment we die. Nothing is more basic, more vital to our lives, than breathing. Yet rarely do we give it a thought. A zen teacher once made that point dramatically before an assembled group of monks. The teacher asked, "What's the most important thing in life?" "Food," said one. "Work," said another. "The pursuit of truth," said a third. The teacher signaled for a monk to step forward. Grabbing the monk's head, he dunked it in a tub of water and held it down until the monk came up gasping for breath. The assembly got the message: We can live days without food, years without work, or a lifetime without truth, but we cannot go more than minutes without a breath. When you awake in the morning, stretch your arms to the sky and breathe deeply. Fill your insides with the emptiness around you. Breathe easy. You're alive. Zen 24/7 All Zen, All the Time . Copyright © by Philip Sudo. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Zen 24/7: All Zen, All the Time by Philip Toshio Sudo All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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