Seeds for a Boundless Life: Zen Teachings from the Heart

Seeds for a Boundless Life: Zen Teachings from the Heart


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Seeds for a Boundless Life: Zen Teachings from the Heart by Zenkei Blanche Hartman

Short and accessible teachings from one of America's pioneer woman Zen teachers.

Zenkei Blanche Hartman is an American Zen legend. A teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, she was the first female abbot of an American Zen center. She is greatly revered, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has lived and taught for many years. This, her long-awaited first book, is a collection of short teachings taken from her talks on the subject of boundlessness—the boundlessness that sees beyond our small, limited self to include all others. To live a boundless life she encourages living the vows prescribed by the Buddha and living life with the curiosity of a child. The short, stand-alone pieces can be dipped into whenever one is in need of inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611802849
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 373,845
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Zenkei Blanche Hartman (1926–2016) was a Soto Zen teacher in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi and a revered elder figure in American Zen. She spent two terms as abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and was in fact the first woman abbot of a Zen center in America. She’s an expert in rakusu-sewing (those bib-like things you see Zen practitioners wear that represent the Buddha’s robe), and she's been particularly known for her attention to women’s issues in Buddhism and Zen.

Table of Contents

Foreword Zoketsu Norman Fischer xiii

Preface Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Part 1 Seeds

The Curiosity of a Child 3

The Habitual State of Mind 4

Coming Back to Yourself 5

How Amazing the World Is 6

The Open Mind 7

Not Chasing after the Past or the Future 7

A Satisfied Life 8

One Who Is Awake 9

The Most Transformative Moment 10

There Is Nothing Missing 11

Being Home 11

Open to Surprise 12

Not Needing Anything More 13

Be Kind to Yourself First 13

Getting Unstuck 15

Respecting Ourselves 16

Respecting Things 17

Our Practice Is to Help People 18

Zen Practice Each Moment 19

Just Being Alive Is Enough 20

Responsibility for the Gift of Life 21

Good Evening, Bodhisattvas 21

It's All about Love and Joy 22

How to Live If You're Going to Die 23

Peaceful Repose 24

The Great Matter of Life and Death 25

Mindfulness of Body and Breath 26

Falling in Love All the Time 27

Like a Swinging Door 28

Our Habits Are Very Strong 29

Sharing Life 31

Opening to Kindness 32

Living a Beneficial Life 32

Present Moment 34

We Are Identical to Everyone and Everything 34

Continuous Effort 35

We Are Naturally Compassionate 36

Taming Judgment 37

Sitting Zazen 38

Zazen Sits Zazen 39

A Greatly Enlightened Being Is Subject to Everything 40

The Intimacy of Zen Practice 41

Capacity for Kindness 43

Living a Life of Vow 44

Initiation and Ordination 46

What Is a Zen Priest? 47

Reenergizing the Life 49

The Everydayness of Birth 50

Each One of Us Contains the Whole Universe 51

Everything You Need or Ever Wanted Is Right Here 52

There Is Always Perfect Dharma 53

No Distinctions, Just Ordinary 53

We Are Already It 54

The Vitality of Life 56

Blooming into Ourselves 57

Being Just This One 58

Part 2 Dharma Talks

Free from Thoughts of Yourself 63

Fearlessness 67

Saying "Yes!" 70

Gladdening the Mind 73

Right Where You're Standing 78

Part 3 Seeds of Advice

Addicted to Meditation 85

Abortion 86

Having a Teacher or Not 87

The Gap between Self and Other 88

Passion 88

Animals and Buddha Dharma 89

Realization or Still Deluded 91

Deepening One's Practice without Resources 92

Depression 93

Reincarnation 95

Practicing More Than One Buddhist Tradition 97

Remaining Open to Other Buddhist Traditions 98

Sharing Dharma with Children 99

Feeling Like an Alien in the World 100

Being Ordained to Be Enlightened: True or False? 101

Nonviolence in the Midst of Violence 104

Long Retreats versus Everyday Life as Practice 106

Understanding the Suffering of Others 107

Pattern of Being Argumentative 108

Wrathful Teachers 110

Abusive Relationships 111

Sexuality in Sangha or Community 113

Fixing Others 115

Interfaith Marriage 116

Practicing Guilt or Generosity? 118

Rebirth and No Self 119

Illnesses of the Mind 120

Balancing Study and Practice 122

Living This Life 124

Preconceived Notions 126

Still Succumbing to Emotions and Old Habits 127

State of Mind and Practice 129

Constant Thinking 131

Life-Threatening Illness: Accepting Impermanence but Hoping 133

Going from One Teacher to the Next 134

Toxic People 136

Notes 139

Biography 141

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