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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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 bayd or change anything. In discussing distress, he breaks the practice into four, but I do not see why the categories would not work for any of the situations he describes.

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During that time I’ve ordered many books within the different Buddhist schools. 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.

Please review your cart. In truth, he equivocates a bit on this point, sometimes emphasizing that it is impossible to get rid of these conditioned responses, other times 51 talking about dismantling the self.

Open Preview See a Problem? Can we look at it as a signal that there is something here to be learned? I share these antipathies, too, and prefer the empirical to the theoretical, but he has so turned his back on it that the book does not feel organized. August 14 Bayda has the best discussion of lovingkindness meditation I’ve come across.


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Pain both physical and mental ; Fear; Suffering; Anger; and even death. Instead of seeing fear as our enemy, we can begin to see fear as a wake-up, a signal.

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda

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. And fall I did—right into the icy water! No esoteric or dogmatic aspects to this book.

More By and About This Author. March 25, Imprint: Then we can awaken to the loving-kindness ze is at the heart of our ezraa. Rather, it’s about if it can be said to be “about” anything doing the hard work of being with yourself, with your life as it is. Sep 05, JEM rated it it was amazing Shelves: How zne Cook Your Life.

What’s more, I truly appreciate his view that meditation isn’t about magical enlightenment or for the purpose of reducing stress.

Rather than trying to make arguments to support ideas that the reader has to believe in order to benefit from the book, Ezra lays out practical and easy practices that allow one to transcend their own drama, thoughts, beliefs, and judgments and just experience the present moment for what it is.

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Bieng in truth, it badya like cutting off a weed; the fear was temporarily removed, but because I had not gone to the root, it eventually returned. I really liked his loving-kindness meditation, which you direct toward yourself first, then to people close to you, and then to the whole world. If every other book adds spice to your life, this book is a cool drink of water.


His teachings are a blend of the Zen and Gurdjieff traditions, and are also influenced by Stephen Levine and Pema Chodron, with their emphasis on the need for loving kindness as an essential part of practice.

They also lead meditation retreats in the U.

Core pain is comprised of our anger, traumas, sadness, feelings of inferiority, etc. You submitted the following rating and review. It took me a while to get into this book, but as continued to read more and more, it started to click. We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice including the turmoil of daily life.

So that there is a space between the experience and the eezra. And those things that cannot be explained were illuminated in such a way as to help bolster my practice.

Aug 29, Princessjay rated it liked it Shelves: I’m working my way through our Buddhist bookshelf, and this is szra current one. It was well worth my time.

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life

If you practice seeing the good in everyone you meet, you will meet good people. Uncharted Corners of Consciousness. But not analyze them–this mode of Zen is very much against thinking.