Waking up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion

Waking up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion

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Waking up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion by Diane Eshin Rizzetto

The practice of the Zen precepts can transform our relationship to the world by leading us to a keen awareness of the motivations behind every aspect of our behavior, allowing us to act from the kindness and insight that is our true nature. The precepts are usually thought of as Buddhist moral guidelines—which they indeed are—but they are also far more than that, as Diane Rizzetto shows. They are a form of Buddhist practice that does not necessarily involve meditation. Anyone can do this practice, and it is rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime.

The precepts are traditionally phrased in short statements such as: "I take up the way of speaking truthfully," or "I take up the way of using sexual energy wisely." But Diane encourages us to rephrase them in ways that have personal meaning for us. She advises us to take them on one at a time, beginning with one that has particular personal resonance. The practice then becomes learning to live with the precept until it naturally arises in situations where it applies. We soon learn that the precepts are just about always impossible to fulfill, and that their true function is to teach mindfulness—particularly of our actions and of our interactions with others.

The precepts are ultimately a practice about choice, Diane teaches, about responsibility and being awake to the motivation and consequences of our actions. We all must engage in events as they unfold in our lives, but we have a choice to do this with either intelligence or ignorance. The Zen precepts as presented in this book are guidelines to help us tap the intelligence within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590303429
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,216,639
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 teaches extensively in Europe, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States.

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