Golf's Three Noble Truths: The Fine Art of Playing Awake [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.
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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: 9781577317340
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 272 KB

Meet the Author

James Ragonnet is an award-winning English professor at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He has researched, taught, and coached golf, and for several decades he has studied and observed a wide range of Eastern precepts and practices. He also has a consulting firm that targets corporate executives and college faculty interested in enhancing their teaching, learning, and writing. He lives in Springfield, Massachusetts. His website is golfsthreenobletruths.com.
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