Sheila the Zen Dog encourages usBuddhists and non-Buddhists aliketo find peace through letting go of attachments and learning to be in the moment. Whether pondering the merits of barking versus receiving tummy rubs, considering the similarities between police dogs and show dogs, or sharing secrets of doggie dreams, Sheila uses her natural dog wisdom, haiku poetry, and simple explanations to fetch and deliver a clear and useful summary of Zen Buddhist teachings. Often dubbed The Middle Path, Buddhism as explained by this Zen Dog offers guidance to anyone, regardless of breed.
Gold medal winner in the "Animals/Pets" category of the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.
Winner in the "Eastern Philosophy" category of the 2014 Pinnacle Book Awards.
Award-Winning Finalist in the "Religion: Eastern" category of the 2014 International Book Awards.
|Publisher:||Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Sheila currently resides at her home in Iowa. Like most dogs, she lives by Buddhist principles, being in the now. When she's not napping, Sheila enjoys taking car rides, playing Frisbee, and barking at people and things. As part of her Buddhist practice, Sheila is no longer chasing large farm equipment, and appears to be making an effort to be friendlier with the cat next door. This is hit and miss, though.
Tim Macejak began practicing Zen in the early 1980s and has alternated between formal practice at Zen Centers and an informal at-home practice. He currently is co-leader of a Buddhist meditation group at the Anamosa Men's Reformatory and a member of the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. He is an employee of the United States Postal Service and a dog lover. He lives in Anamosa, Iowa, with his wife, Teresa.
What People are Saying About This
“This is a clearly and cleverly written invitation to the basic teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism, and a useful discussion–starter for interfaith groups.”
"No doubt about it, Shelia is one smart pooch. She shares her lessons clearly and with humor. But does this book answer the age-old Zen koan, 'Does a dog have Buddha-nature?' Read Zen Unleashed and decide for yourself."
Zen Unleashed is a cheerful, readable guide to Buddhism and the Zen tradition. People of all faiths - and no faith - will find something helpful here. Perhaps only a dog could write such a direct and useful account of practice for both Buddhists and everyone else. —Rev. Zuiko Redding, Resident Teacher, Cedar Rapids Zen Center
"Tim Macejak offers an insightful interpretation of Buddhism in layman's terms, while providing the reader with a marked emphasis on common threads that run through many of our religions. Zen Unleashed spawns a fresh awareness of the commonalities among religions, and how significantly faith affects who we are and who we will become. Catholics indeed share the sacredness of the moment with Buddhists!"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found Zen Unleashed to be the perfect book for someone who desires a devotional. As the title and picture indicate, this is a book that was written for real life--it is not a rigorous treatise on Zen Buddhism for a scholar, which most of us are not. So, if you want a book that has mini-chapters that explain the profound truths of Zen Buddhism in simple diction, and you want something to read quickly to apply to your life, this is the book for you. And, in my case, I purchased a second copy for my daughter, who had no interest in my thick academic books on Buddhism--but this book she loved and so she asked for her own personal copy as a birthday gift. I've found that she has become happier and calmer upon reading the book--and she love's Sheila, Tim's inquisitive dog! :)