Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts

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Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic ...

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Overview

Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
American Buddhism is a unique expression of the ancient Eastern spiritual path, yet within its natural cultural transformations, practitioners are still sustained by the potentially exquisite lineage of teacher to student; the reliance on time-tested principles to guide the human light; and the manifest glory of every day realized. Anderson (Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains) captures these traditional strengths and renders them very skillfully for the here and now. Anderson is a key spiritual heir to the legendary Shunryu Suzuki, who founded San Francisco Zen Center and authored the enduring classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Here, Anderson discusses receiving the 16 great Bodhisattva precepts; taking refuge in the Triple Treasure of Buddha, dharma (teachings) and sangha (community); and embracing and sustaining forms, ceremonies and good actions. He also addresses abstaining from killing, stealing, misusing sexuality, lying, intoxication, criticizing others, mean-spirited self-praise, possessiveness, harboring ill will and disparaging the Triple Treasure. In the best sense, Anderson's fresh treatment of these topics is well suited for his American audience, but is also useful beyond our borders. In readable style, Anderson conveys his message didactically, in story and in precious glimpses of the seminal American Zen master Suzuki. Although definitely written for practitioners, Anderson's emphasis on Buddhism's grounded practicality shines clearly for any open-minded seeker. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930485013
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 610,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Receiving the Precepts: The Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony 1
2 Entering Buddha's Way: Dependent Co-arising 7
3 Paying Homage: The Bodhisattva Vow 13
4 Renunciation: Letting Go of Attachments 21
5 Confession: All My Ancient Twisted Karma 28
6 The Sixteen Great Bodhisattva Precepts: The Teaching of the Two Truths 33
7 The Three Refuges: The Body of Buddha's Mind 40
8 The Three Pure Precepts: The Shape of Buddha's Mind 47
9 The Abode and the Source: Embrace and Sustain Forms and Ceremonies 53
10 Practicing and Being Practiced: Embrace and Sustain All Good 70
11 Taking Self and Others Across: Embrace and Sustain All Beings 77
12 The Ten Grave Precepts: The Activity of Buddha's Mind 83
13 Let the Buddha Seed Grow: Not Killing 88
14 The Suchness of Mind and Objects: Not Stealing 100
15 Nothing Is Wished For: Not Misusing Sexuality 111
16 The Dharma Wheel Has All-Inclusively Turned: Not Lying 122
17 Everything Is Inviolable: No Intoxicants 137
18 The Same Path: Not Speaking of Others' Faults 148
19 Not An Inch of Ground: Not Praising Self at the Expense of Others 159
20 One Hundred Grasses: Not Being Possessive 168
21 Oceans of Magnificent Clouds: Not Being Angry 175
22 Virtue Returns to the Ocean: Not Disparaging the Triple Treasure 185
23 Blood Vein: Face-to-Face Transmission 195
Notes 203
Appreciations 212
About the Author 215
From the Publisher 216
Index 218
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