Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

by Richard Gentei Diedrichs

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ISBN-13: 9781942891161
Publisher: MSI Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mattiemac More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of Living in Blue Sky Mind, by Richard Diedrichs for promotional purposes and have enjoyed every passage. The way that Diedrichs incorporates autobiographical details of his life and childhood into the pages and relates them to the basic tenets of Buddhism gives it a very personal angle that makes it a breeze to read. Only after reading the passage do you realize that the personal touch encouraged the concepts to sink in even deeper. Living in Blue Sky Mind is a terrific primer for the young or adult mind who is curious about Buddhism. It also can function as review for someone who may have dabbled in Buddhism in the past and may have forgotten how important it was to them at some point. The passages are short, concise and entertaining. They reinforce the ways in which a Buddhist, or really anyone who wants to bring more awareness into their interactions, should live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not be fooled by the number of pages! I received an advanced review copy of Living in Blue Sky Mind for purposes of endorsement and thought I could finish it in a few hours. The density of concept in each chapter, the reflection questions at the end of each passage, the moral quandaries posed in Diedrichs's own childhood pulled the brakes on my intentions and compelled me frequently to put down the book and think more deeply about how Buddhist principles apply to my own life. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Living in Blue Sky Mind reveals greater truths about regrets that haunt us all without offering a simple resolution. Instead, Diedrichs makes his reader work, just as Buddhism makes its practitioners do the work to achieve true serenity. Reading this book had a direct influence on my own daily decision making, making me feel like a good person but also a lighter person. Nothing can make the past go away, but Living in Blue Sky Mind can help reframe those haunting moments. A good primer for someone (me) with little to no Buddhist education.
Michael_McD49 More than 1 year ago
There is a misconception by many that Buddhism presents a pessimistic and negative view of life. As the title of Richard Diedrichs’s book, Living In Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life, so appropriately points out, the culmination of Buddha’s teaching is “an end to suffering.” Certainly, to recognize the First Noble Truth of Buddhism, “life is dukkha” (suffering, dissatisfaction, disappointment), is necessary, however, to stop there is to miss the point. Living in Blue Sky Mind, offers a clear, concise explanation of the Buddha’s important teaching, “an end to suffering,” with personal examples of application to life. It is an excellent resource for those just setting out on an exploration of Buddhism, but it also provides a valuable reminder for long time practitioners, the importance of maintaining “Beginners’ Mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Living in Blue Sky Mind to be very enjoyable. Diedrichs incorporates his life experiences and lessons to the eightfold path to enlightenment in genuine, engaging and relatable passages. From children to adults, people with limited knowledge of Buddhism to those practicing for a lifetime, Diedrichs has a way of engaging all in guiding us to greater personal awareness and a happy life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in Blue Sky Mind is a delectable sampling of Buddhist concepts and principles through the childhood stories of a long-time Zen priest. It is one of those books to return to again and again. The stories show Buddhist lessons through the author’s childhood anecdotes. His stories are funny and truthful and profound and it’s easy to see yourself in each one. This is a great book for anyone interested in basic Buddhist teachings and how they can affect our personal happiness. The author’s voice and stories stay with you and continue to resonate long after you turn the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Gentei Diedrichs believes that everyone can access and ultimately live within Blue Sky Mind - the vast, luminous, calm and clear mindscape that is often clouded by our thoughts, emotions, and anxiety. Seeking to share this powerful message with a larger audience, the author has encapsulated a series of family-focused Dharma talks into his latest book: Living in a Blue Sky Mind. The author uses these talks to explore all the major topics in Buddhist philosophy and practice. In simple, straightforward prose, he explains key Buddhist concepts such as the 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, the Perfections, the Wisdoms, the 3 Refuges, the Factors of Enlightenment, and the 3 Poisons that trap us. Living in a Blue Sky Mind will give the beginning practitioner a very good understanding of what one might believe and do while living as a Buddhist. At the same time, even a long time student of Buddhism can benefit from the book’s simple reminders. The chapters are short, but the lessons are both powerful and specific. Many are punctuated by a personal story that places the teaching in the context of our daily decisions. For example, in “How We Talk,” the author describes the childhood experience of laughing and playing with his brother. They are having a great time, until he unthinkingly “trash talks” his brother, and turns their collective joy into collective misery. The author’s ambitions go far beyond getting us to play nice in the sandbox. Mr. Diedrich’s wants to change our world, as he makes clear in the introduction to Living in a Blue Sky Mind: “I sincerely believe that if every human on Earth meditated regularly, and followed even the spirit of Buddha’s teachings as I have described them here, we would live in entirely different world, a world based on lovingkindness, compassion, and wisdom.” Changing the world may be a tall order, but Living in a Blue Sky Mind will certainly help readers just starting out on the path of Buddhism and meditation make practical sense of the Buddha’s teachings, which could easily change their lives. The book has certainly made a subtle but meaningful change in my own life. As someone who once spent many years in the academic study of Buddhism, I still read plenty of Buddhist philosophy, but I’ve only loosely maintained my Buddhist practice. Reading Living in a Blue Sky Mind re-affirmed my need for a daily practice. I am setting the book next to my zafu, so that I can re-read the chapters as Dharma reminders prior to my meditation sessions at home.
PeterASim More than 1 year ago
I believe the most important attribute of this compact book is that it graciously lacks the formality and dense detail of more pedantic texts I have attempted to conquer in the past. Practicing the Dharma is an eminently logical, meaningful, and beautiful way to conduct one’s life, and the prescription for doing so is revealed in this most enjoyable, easily understood, and succinct review of basic Buddhist teachings and practice. Illustrative stories help to explain the concepts, there is just the right amount of repetition to reinforce those ideas, and the appendices serve as a very helpful outline. Living in Blue Sky Mind will doubtless serve as an excellent introduction to Buddhist thought for some, and a reacquaintance with the concepts for others. Personally, I was reminded of why Buddhism is so appealing to me.
Melanie_Reiter More than 1 year ago
Richard Gentei Diedrichs is a Zen Priest and Dharma teacher living in Hawaii. His new book, Living in Blue Sky Mind, is about the practice and teachings of Buddhism. Diedrichs infuses his writing with stories of his childhood to help explain the eightfold path to enlightenment. The anecdotes let the reader know how the path manifests itself in everyday life. He says, "Life is exactly what it is, right in front of us, in every moment." At the end of each chapter the author poses questions to make the reader reflect on what was just read and how it makes us feel. Living in Blue Sky Mind takes the reader on a spiritual journey to self-understanding. The book is written simply and honestly and serves as a perfect reference guide for living a good life.
phringo More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderfully readable and instructive book for anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhist teaching (and practice). The style, based on talks the author gave at a Zen temple, is conversational, much like talking to a friend. Diedrichs’ years of experience do not make him sound haughty or condescending; but, rather, humble. I highly recommend the book to anyone who would like to begin their journey into “The Zen Way” or anyone who is already trying to follow such a path and would like a “refresher.”