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

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In this enlightening and practical book of brief essays, author James Ragonnet focuses on total growth. According to Ragonnet, few golfers ever manage to lower their scores, improve their skills, achieve their full potential, or ultimately attain peace of mind, despite expending enormous amounts of energy, time, and money. Sadly, most golfers experience only a short buzz of initial growth followed by a protracted and frustrating period of stagnation. Simply stated, golfers (unlike cyclists, weight lifters, or ...

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Overview

In this enlightening and practical book of brief essays, author James Ragonnet focuses on total growth. According to Ragonnet, few golfers ever manage to lower their scores, improve their skills, achieve their full potential, or ultimately attain peace of mind, despite expending enormous amounts of energy, time, and money. Sadly, most golfers experience only a short buzz of initial growth followed by a protracted and frustrating period of stagnation. Simply stated, golfers (unlike cyclists, weight lifters, or most other athletes) tend to stagnate. An experienced teacher and learning specialist, Ragonnet addresses this thorny problem. To truly grow, Ragonnet insists, golfers must learn the fine art of "playing awake." By nourishing their powers of awareness, golfers become able to observe accurately, interpret correctly, and remediate effectively exactly what's happening around them. At the book's core are three Buddhism-related truths: awareness, balance, and unity. The book consists of such entertaining chapters as "Spinning Your Wheels," "Dead People Don't Play Golf," "No Mind, Right Mind," "The Four Kinds of Horses," "Deep Longing," "Be Thou a Happy Golfer?" Each chapter, focusing on growth, guides readers to become not only the best golfer but also the best person possible. As the book's growing golfing and non-golfing audience attests, this is not your average golf book. This book says something first, something different, and something better.

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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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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: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,382,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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