Deep Hope: Zen Guidance for Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless

Deep Hope: Zen Guidance for Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless

by Diane Eshin Rizzetto


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From a respected Zen teacher, a contemporary take on the paramitas, six traditional practices for cultivating compassion and wisdom--a path of deep hope in the face of personal trouble and societal crisis.

Amidst the barrage of the daily news cycle and the tumult of our personal lives, it may seem natural to contract out of fear or anxiety. But is there a way to face our lives and the world without closing off our hearts? There is such a path, says Zen teacher Diane Rizzetto. It can be reached through the teachings of the Buddhist paramitas or “perfections”—giving and receiving, taking skillful action, practicing patience, engaging effort, meditating, and seeing clearly. Filled with stories, teachings, student questions, and practices, Deep Hope demonstrates the possibility of living with a hopefulness that is grounded in the present moment—a practice of spiritual nourishment and deepening wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804775
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 371,648
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Diane Rizzetto is the Abbess and Guiding Teacher of the Bay Zen Center in Oakland, California. A dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck, she is a founding member of the Ordinary Mind Zen School. Her previous book is Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 What Are the Paramitas? 1

2 Giving and Receiving Dana Paramita 16

3 Taking Skillful Action Shila Paramita 41

4 Practicing Patience Kshanti Paramita 77

5 Engaging Effort Virya Paramita 89

6 Meditating Dhyana Paramita 103

7 Seeing Clearly Prajna Paramita 124

Conclusion: Beyond the Whirlpool 137

Notes 149

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