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Together under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha's Household

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In Together Under One Roof, Lin Jensen turns his keen eye and powerful prose explicitly to the teachings of the Buddha, to traditional Zen stories, and to the practices of meditation and compassion—as well as the intricacies of everyday language and the natural world, truth and beauty, family, and the myriad ways our simplest actions affect our whole lives. His previous two works, memoirs of growing up and growing old and of the hard-won but gentle wisdom gained in his daily public meditations for peace, were ...

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Overview

In Together Under One Roof, Lin Jensen turns his keen eye and powerful prose explicitly to the teachings of the Buddha, to traditional Zen stories, and to the practices of meditation and compassion—as well as the intricacies of everyday language and the natural world, truth and beauty, family, and the myriad ways our simplest actions affect our whole lives. His previous two works, memoirs of growing up and growing old and of the hard-won but gentle wisdom gained in his daily public meditations for peace, were both critical successes earning a special place in readers' hearts. This book takes up symphonic variations on one main theme: we are all "in it" together, we are all living under one roof—and there's always a glowing hearth right here in this, the Buddha's household.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715541
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lin Jensen is the critically acclaimed author of the memoir Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places and Pavement: Reflections on Mercy, Activism, and Doing "Nothing" for Peace. His first book, Uncovering the Wisdom of the Heartmind, received the Best Nonfiction/Spiritual Book award from Today's Librarian. His prose that has been likened to Steinbeck, and his wonderfully poetic writing has made him one of the most beloved of modern Buddhist writers. He has taught writing in various colleges and universities for over twenty years, and continues to teach Buddhist ethics and practices at Chico State University. He is the founding teacher and senior emeritus teacher of the Chico Zen Sangha, in Chico, California, where he lives with his wife.

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Table of Contents

Where the Buddha Lives: An Introduction 1

Naming Buddha 7

Defending Earth 11

The Iron Flute with No Holes 17

"Now You Stop Too." 21

Holding Place 27

Keeping an Ear to the Ground 31

Elder Ting Stands Motionless 35

Next! 41

Making Good Time 45

A Vocabulary of Peace 51

How Civilization Is Made 57

Hot and Cold 63

Impermanence 67

Kelp 71

Mother Earth 75

Impression Management 79

Washing Bowls 83

Falling to Flat Ground 89

Oven-Breaker Monk 93

Property 97

The High Cost of Convenience 103

The Poor Thing 109

The Meek 113

Public Ethics 117

Refuge 121

The Three Defilements 127

Fair and Foul 131

Wu-tsu's Buffalo 139

Trust 143

Taking and Sending 147

This or That 151

Storing the Broom 155

Enter from There 161

Molting 167

Ten Thousand Mistakes 171

Getting What You Want 177

Kindness 185

The Feast 189

Sangha 195

The Cross of the Moment 201

Desert Places 205

The Ordinary 219

Beauty 225

Miracles 231

Incense 239

Helping 245

How the Mind Returns 251

Zazen 255

Housekeeping: An Epilogue 257

Index 269

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