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Posted October 2, 2002
Clear and Compelling
BEING ZEN provides a practical, heartfelt approach for addressing the messiness of everyday life - our difficult situations, our anger and confusion, and most of all, our fears. Ezra Bayda does this without losing sight of the bigger picture of our basic connectedness. In fact, the basic theme of the book is about moving from our "cocoon world of protectedness" to living in a genuine way. Spiritual practice has to withstand the unrelenting quizzes of daily challenge. Bayda has certainly had his share, as described, for example, in his own struggles with fear, self-doubt and illness. These and other examples are used as a basis for describing very specific and practical tools for using the challenges of everyday life as opportunities to become free. And he does so in a very clear and down-to-earth way, making this immediately accessible to the reader.
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Posted October 3, 2002
A word from the author's daughter
As my dad wrote BEING ZEN, he sent me one chapter at a time to proof-read and offer feedback. The information wasn't new to me, as we'd talked about the ideas and experiences mentioned in the book many times. And so I thought that once published, reading BEING ZEN would be like a review for me. However, each time I read a chapter, there was something new and helpful there, not because it was new information, but because my life and my relationship to everything in my life is always changing. I figure I could read this book 100 times and gain something new each time. I could turn to any page and find a reminder there that applies to my life and the issues and difficulties on my plate at any given moment. Most often, it's the last thing I want to do. My dad's "practice" is HARD!!! But I've seen it transform him and his life from one ruled by anger to one filled with love, compassion, and true happiness found in his wilingness to just BE with anything life presents. This book can help anyone who is willing to use it. And to all of you... you can either write-off my opinion as that of the biased daughter, or take it to heart from someone who has watched her father grow and change 180 degrees over the past 26 years and who has become her best friend and greatest teacher.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2002
Where's the Zen?
If you think Zen is all about having mystical experiences and life transforming moments of great enlightenment, then you might come away from this book asking, "Where's the Zen?" But Ezra' Bayda's Zen is the real thing: a practice of moment to moment awareness and the difficult if unglamorous practice of living life as it is. Using examples of how he coped with his own illnesses and of working with hospices patients, his teaching stories are especially valuable precisely because they don't resolve themselves with neat epiphanies: we're left with the reality of ongoing practice and struggle. Beginners will find this an excellent way to ground their practice in the fundamentals of attention and body awareness; long-time students will be challenged to bring their practice down to earth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.