At Home in the Muddy Water: A Guide to Finding Peace Within Everyday Chaos

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May we exist like a lotus, / At home in the muddy water. / Thus we bow to life as it is.

This verse is an important reminder, says Ezra Bayda, of what the spiritual life is truly about: the willingness to open ourselves to whatever life presents—no matter how messy or complicated. And through that willingness to be open, we can discover wisdom, compassion, and the genuine life we all want. In At Home in the Muddy Water , Bayda applies this simple Zen teaching to a range of ...

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Overview

May we exist like a lotus, / At home in the muddy water. / Thus we bow to life as it is.

This verse is an important reminder, says Ezra Bayda, of what the spiritual life is truly about: the willingness to open ourselves to whatever life presents—no matter how messy or complicated. And through that willingness to be open, we can discover wisdom, compassion, and the genuine life we all want. In At Home in the Muddy Water , Bayda applies this simple Zen teaching to a range of everyday concerns—including relationships, trust, sexuality, and money—showing that everything we need to practice is right here before us, and that peace and fulfillment is available to everyone, right here, right now, no matter what their circumstances.

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"Ezra Bayda provides real, specific advice for extending our spiritual practice beyond the mediation cushion. This is a major contribution to contemporary dharma."—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590301685
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 464,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Bayda teaches at Zen Center San Diego. He is also the author of Being Zen, At Home in the Muddy Water, Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts), and Zen Heart. For more information, visit www.zencentersandiego.org. 
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    She pulls the chair out from her desk staring at the blank monitor in frount of her. "Now I know I have truely lost everything." She mumbels to herself knowing there was no one around to hear her. "One huge house, one empty person. Amazing how they fit together. All these rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms, and they are all filled with things. The house itself isnt empty I am the thing that is empty. So, I look around this house that I call empty and I have finally relized what was wrong. I am nothing, I am empty. I may live here, but nothing resides here." She sighs and burries her head in her hands hunched over her desk in her empty house.

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