In today's harried, ultra-connected, technology-laden society, it's easy to become overwhelmed. The term "zen" is used freely by those seeking to calm and simplify their lives. But to truly reap the benefits of Zen, one must understand what it is and how to change his or her thinking and actions to achieve it. Zen monk and sensei Domyo Burk shows readers how to get started on the path to enlightenment and peace, regardless of cultural or religious affiliations. In this book, readers get:
- An introduction to what Zen is-and what it isn't.
- A foundation for how to get started in Zen practice.
- Explanations of the essential teachings of Zen and how they can free readers from the dissatisfaction that is inherent in modern life and improve mental and physical health.
- Step-by-step instructions for engaging in Zazen meditation.
- Guidance on increasing mindfulness, seeking clarity and enlightenment, and living by the Zen moral code.
- Tips for maintaining daily Zen practice, using it to deal with difficult and painful situations, and mastering the art of living.
About the Author
Domyo Sater Burk is the teacher and director of Bright Way Zen, a center for supporting Zen practice in everyday life, in Portland, Oregon. She began Zen practice at Dharma Rain Zen Center (DRZC) in 1996 and was ordained as a Zen monk in 2001. The first seven years of Domyo's monastic training were spent in full-time residential practice at DRZC except for a practice period at Tassajara monastery in California and time practicing at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon.
In October 2010, Domyo Sensei received transmission (authorization to teach in the Soto Zen lineage) from Gyokuko Carlson Roshi. She was a full-time staff member at DRZC from 2000 until the fall of 2011, when she focused her Dharma work on Bright Way Zen. Domyo is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) and the SZBA Board of Directors. Author home: Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not yet half way through this book, but I am in awe of the intersectionalities of my day-to-day self and who I really am at my innermost being. In my day-to-day, I now recognize I've been out of my personal work and practice for the purpose of living to get by or make it through, versus being present in the moment and understanding my emotions, reactions, assumptions and the negative energy I impose upon myself and others. I am a Christian, but believe the practice of a Zen lifestyle will not only deepen my faith, but allow me to be more Christ-like in my prescence of self and interactions with others. I highly-recommend this read if you're tired of simply existing and responding and want to have a greater sense of purpose, joy and peace.