Everyday Zen: Love and Work

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Everyday Zen: Love and Work by Charlotte J. Beck

Charlotte Joko Beck offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living—love, relationships, work, fear, ambition, and suffering. Everyday Zen shows us how to live each moment to the fullest. This Plus edition includes an interview with the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061285899
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Series: Plus Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 224,028
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Joko Beck, who passed away in 2011, was the founder and former head teacher at the Zen Center in San Diego.

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I have been interested in philosophy since early high school. Being a typical American, I've been told a lot of stuff about Buddhism which now I find, are totaly misleading. You really can be of any religion and still practice Buddhism. What this book did for me was change my way of looking at life. You may not be into meditation, as this is something I've yet to try. But the author does give some great insight on how to look at our lives. I was already transforming before I even got through half the book. A lot of things discussed were ideas I had already found out on my own. In a sense, I found this to be comparable to the scene in the Matrix. Neo had a choice, to learn the truth, or to believe that he was living in the truth. And in a way, this book can be that little pill, if you are willing to be open minded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book has caused changes in me. I learned what it means to live in the moment. I learned how my expectations were making it impossible for me to live at peace with myself and others. The I now has an observer thanks to the instructions in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The message of this book is a simple one: That life, just as it is at any moment, is all that it can be and therefore perfect. Highlighting the troubles we cause ourselves by living life not in the moment, but out of a confused fog of fantasies and 'what ifs,' the author challenges us to detach ourselves from our mental defense mechanisms and dare to be content with life as it is. Perhaps the main shortcoming of this book is that it is much more detailed about the 'deconstructive' aspects of Zen than exploring enlightenment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably the most approachable, understandable, and realistic guide to integrating Zen into everyday life ever written. Zen is often a very esoteric, lofty, unfathomable subject full of nuance and almost mystical qualities. This can make Zen seem detached from the real world, and turns some people away. Charlotte Joko Beck has written a manual for living life as a human being. Her writing is very practical and in a style that we practical Americans will appreciate and benefit from. If everyone in the U.S. would read this book, there would be MUCH less road rage, broken families, violence and hatred. We'd all get a lot more out of our lives, drink less, fear death less, and appreciate each other and our own lives just as they are. This little book changed my life. Thank you Charlotte Joko Beck!