Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life

Overview

More than a thousand years ago a Chinese Zen Master wrote:

Magical Power, Marvelous Action!

Chopping Wood, Carrying Water...

The message is as true today as it was then: the greatest lessons and the profoundest heights of the spiritual path can be found in our everyday life. It is the greatest challenge for people living in contemporary society to find the spiritual aspects ...

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Overview

More than a thousand years ago a Chinese Zen Master wrote:

Magical Power, Marvelous Action!

Chopping Wood, Carrying Water...

The message is as true today as it was then: the greatest lessons and the profoundest heights of the spiritual path can be found in our everyday life. It is the greatest challenge for people living in contemporary society to find the spiritual aspects of working in an office, store, or factory; balancing a checkbook; raising a family; or making a relationship work. How can we make all these daily activities a part of the path? How can we apply the insights of great spiritual traditions, and our own experience, to the way we live and develop?

This book is a guide - a handbook filled with information, advice, hints, stories, inspiration, encouragement, connections, warning, and cautions, for the inner journey as we live throughout our lives.

Chop Wood, Carry Water contains much ancient wisdom, but the emphasis is on contemporary perceptions. Many of our guides have been known to humanity for millennia: they are the world's great spiritual teachers- Christ, the Buddha, Loa Tse, Confucius. Others are contemporary teacher and healers, widely recognized and respected. All offer ways to integrate the events, our focus on relationships and family, our struggle with technology, money, politics and more- into the quest for spiritual fulfillment.

An authoritative resource tool and essential companion on any spiritual journey. Practical and inspirational.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book almost single-handedly created the field of writing on spirituality in quotidian tasks and went a long way toward making the New Age Journal, and the New Age, household words. A powerful influence for mindfulness in everyday life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874772098
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1984
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 508,765
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Fields is editor in chief of Yoga Journal , author of The Code of the Warrior and How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America, and coauthor of Chop Wood, Carry Water and The Turquoise Bee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Beginnings
2. Learning
3. Intimate Relationships
4. Sex
5. Family
6. Work
7. Money
8. Play
9. Tuning the Body
10. Healing
11. Technology
12. The Earth
13. Social Action
14. Inner Guidance
15. Perils of the Path Afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    A Good Start in Internal Martial Arts

    I found the stories of how various monks attained enlightenment especially helpful. This book got me started on my study of Internal Martial Arts. It has also taught me that relaxation is just as important as work in making progress towards goals!

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