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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How to sit with one’s fear, pain, discomfort, and realize that life is exactly what it is, and we are exactly who we are. These examples illustrate two of the classic misconceptions about dealing with anxiety and fear.

But doing this requires that we confront our most deeply We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen ezr spiritual practice including the turmoil of daily life. There is a subtle but crucial difference between these two understandings. Mar 25, Vladimir rated it liked it. The second method is labeling and experiencing.

He discusses hard and soft kinds of practice–hard being disciplined and continuing to do the practice even when we do not want to, soft being the loving kindness we bring to ourselves.

It’s experience all the way down. The Art of Zen Meditation. Dec 22, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: He just blasts right past that limitation.

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World. One could read the last section without the previous two, and understand most everything. Grounded in fundamentals, hammers the basic message home using day to day examples. Published March 25th by Shambhala first published Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.


Ezra Bayda has most succinctly beinng the beiing instruction of how to apply Zen to one’s life where we need ezar the most; during those moments when we are gripped with our core pain. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Good little book fo wisdom and very practical in how we approach our life. We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice including bahda turmoil of daily life.

Oct 07, Kyle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Topics include how to cultivate: 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. In this respect, it’s more of an excerpt in Psychology, from a Zen Teacher’s perspective. Making Friends with Death.

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda

Item s unavailable for purchase. The practice is to pause, allow ourselves to observe the thoughts racing through the mind, and then feel the physical sensations throughout the body. Books of the Week.

OMG – Could it get any simpler or more sane without being wimpy? They allow themselves to feel the thought, the emotion, as they simultaneously label it. The book presupposes that the reader have some understanding of what Zen or Buddhist “practice,” is, and what it entails, but is in no way a mandatory prerequisite to getting a lot from this book. So from the very beginning of my practice I decided to confront my fears directly whenever they arose, thereby hoping to amputate them.

Another reviewer said “Where’s the Zen” in reference to the contents of this book. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Uncharted Corners of Consciousness. I remember when I first started my spiritual journey I had the strong expectation that practice would free me from anxiety and fear. Ezra examines these emotions and teaches us how we can mindfully learn to transform them in a way that truly works.


I believe a solid background in Buddhism background is essential in understanding Buddha’s message to mankind. Jul 15, Graham added it Shelves: What’s more, I truly appreciate his view that meditation isn’t about magical enlightenment or for the purpose of reducing stress.

Lists with This Book. 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.

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Handbook for the Soul. See if you have enough points for fzra item. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Beeing Power of Meditation. Zen Bow, Zen Arrow. Short, to the point. He has been a hospice volunteer for over ten years, and has authored five books, including Being Zen and Zen Heart. I mentioned that in my early years in practice I had the expectation that practice could free me of fear altogether.

Straight and to the point. Rather, he says there will be no moment of breakthrough, no epiphanic Enlightenment