Golf's Three Noble Truths: The Fine Art of Playing Awake

Golf's Three Noble Truths: The Fine Art of Playing Awake

by James L. Ragonnet
     
 

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The Buddha’s seven years of wandering in search of enlightenment ended in frustration. So did the author’s thirty years of traversing golf courses. Neither found what they were looking for until they stopped searching outside and started looking within. The result for James Ragonnet was the kind of “second birthday” Eastern thinkers describe

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The Buddha’s seven years of wandering in search of enlightenment ended in frustration. So did the author’s thirty years of traversing golf courses. Neither found what they were looking for until they stopped searching outside and started looking within. The result for James Ragonnet was the kind of “second birthday” Eastern thinkers describe when “you wake up to everything happening around you.” Through delightful anecdotes and practical lessons, Ragonnet reveals the power of awareness, balance, and unity to banish the dissatisfaction and stagnation so many golfers experience. He shows how “all golf Buddhas — Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Tiger Woods — play with their outer and inner eyes wide open,” describes his twelfth-green OOGE (“out-of-golf-experience”), and offers readers simple truths that prompt flashes of understanding. These insights invite birdies, drop handicaps, and transform experience both on and off the course.

Now in paperback, this edition includes two chapters of all new material.

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Editorial Reviews

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“If you play golf, you have to read this book. It will help you understand the game better than you ever have before.”
Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning

“James Ragonnet’s book will rouse you from your golfing slumber and awaken your golfing potential. This book is fun to read as well as thought-provoking.”
J. Michael Veron, author of The Greatest Player Who Never Lived

“I enjoyed this book. I applied many of the meditation precepts when I coached Justin Rose to three victories, including the 2007 European Order of Merit. I can testify that this book worked wonders for coaching this player.”
Nick Bradley, author of The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing

“This book has wisdom that will help both your game and your life. What more could you ask for?”
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

“A new voice for an ancient game. Ragonnet’s insight opens doors and breaks down barriers. The lessons he teaches produce not only better golfers but better people, too.”
Bo Links, author of Follow the Wind and Riverbank Tweed

“Ragonnet...allows golf and life to illuminate each other with humor and zest. Highly recommended.”
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Publishers Weekly
There's not much that going to surprise seasoned business and self-help readers in Lesser's guide to mindfulness, focus and simplicity in life and work, but there's something to be said for familiar ideas clearly and respectfully presented. A Zen Buddhist priest and founder-CEO of more than one business, Lesser's lessons for finding calmness and purpose are based in his Zen ideals and are indeed both simple and effective: taking more breaks; waiting to respond to demands; taking time for quiet meditation every day. The goal of every person, Lesser says, is to "sing your song-that is, have a positive effect on the task at hand and feel personally productive-any any time and any place you choose." While it is hard to reconcile Lesser's more ascetic Zen practices with the profit incentive that drives American business (with its attendant consumerism, commercialism and inequity), Lesser provides a reasonable template for their symbiosis. This is not a book to set the world on fire, but it is calm, approachable and assuring, which may be more than adequate to lead overwhelmed seekers toward simplicity and success.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577319023
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,026,748
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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