No prior knowledge of Zen philosophy is necessary for this reader-friendly guide, which offers Christians a way to incorporate contemplative practices into their lives without compromising their beliefs.
The author presents a unique application of Zen Buddhist principles to business administration, revealing how this ancient spiritual discipline can yield tangible results in the boardroom if faithfully followed. Original.
Do you find yourself restless and distracted by the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Have you sought comfort in possessions and acclaim only to be disappointed by their emptiness? If so, you are not along. The Everything Zen Book introduces you to thousands of years of ancient teachings that can help you achieve inner peace and unity with the world around you. Whether you are at home or in the office, this easy-to-follow guide shows you how to apply ancient Zen principles to every area of your life—from relationships and your career to artistic expression and your health.
This book analyses the transplantation, development and adaptation of the two largest Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations currently active on the British religious landscape: the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). The key contributions of recent scholarship are evaluated and organised thematically to provide a framework for analysis, and the history and current landscape of contemporary Tibetan and Zen Buddhist practice in Britain are also mapped out. A number of patterns and processes identified elsewhere are exemplified, although certain assumptions made about the nature of 'British Buddhism' are subjected to critical scrutiny and challenged.
This eBook will provide you with a brief background on Zen Buddhism, with information on it's history, meditations, and a guide to living the Zen lifestyle. Excerpt from the Book: Zen is essentially the art of being in the here and now, letting moments pass you without holding onto them, and it's a practice that is most beneficial when practiced daily. It's suggested that you plan out a schedule everyday to set aside time for meditation and possibly time to recite vows or chants, and read sutras. At first it may be difficult to do but, with practice, a set schedule, and this guide you will be able to embark smoothly on your journey through Zen teachings. You are encouraged to include as many parts of a Zen life as your schedule and living circumstances permit. Many find it tempting to only practice some aspects, especially meditations, since they think this is the key to a Zen life. There is no key. You will find that there are several varying ways to practice; however, like a potter's wheel that becomes unbalanced the goal is to restore balance and since this potter wheel is yours, you decide what a balanced life looks like. [...] The art of living a Zen life is in its daily practice but, don't get discouraged if you aren't “progressing”. Words are just place holders for ideas and thoughts and progress is hardly something measured by a few facts—if it can be measured at all. So, remember, practicing meditation is an aid to centering your life, preventing it from coming out of balance, and is much less a race or linear progression where you can fail. In a race you may fail for lack of talent and training but the same is not true for meditation. In zazen, the only “fail” is in not trying—not a lack of skill or strength. [...] Accept things. Change happens and it's part of what it is called life. Accept what is happening. The reality is that you control very little, and when you stop to think about it, you control less than what you thought you thought you controlled. Alongside the idea of acceptance is the idea of non-judgment. What you think one thing means may not be what it means. People are much more receptive to those who ask questions than those who assume. Please purchase the eBook to read the full guide.
In this extremely practical guide, Julie Phillips argues that preparation is the most important element in running successful groups, and explores the issues that practitioners should address. She demonstrates how to prepare effectively, drawing on eight extended case studies with a variety of groups ranging from a positive parenting group to an anger management group. She examines the initial decisions that must be made such as determining the size, purpose and goals of a group, and finding an appropriate meeting place. Anti-discriminatory practice, with an emphasis on power, race and gender issues, is highlighted as a fundamental consideration in planning a group. Phillips underpins her recommendations for practice with the theories behind groupwork and includes frameworks for analysing the effectiveness of group programmes. Groupwork in Social Care will be essential reading for students and qualified professionals working in the fields of occupational therapy, youth work, social work, probation and community mental health nursing.
Buddhism in the United States is often viewed in connection with practitioners in the Northeast and on the West Coast, but in fact, it has been spreading and evolving throughout the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. In Dixie Dharma, Jeff Wilson argues that region is crucial to understanding American Buddhism. Through the lens of a multidenominational Buddhist temple in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson explores how Buddhists are adapting to life in the conservative evangelical Christian culture of the South, and how traditional Southerners are adjusting to these newer members on the religious landscape. Introducing a host of overlooked characters, including Buddhist circuit riders, modernist Pure Land priests, and pluralistic Buddhists, Wilson shows how regional specificity manifests itself through such practices as meditation vigils to heal the wounds of the slave trade. He argues that southern Buddhists at once use bodily practices, iconography, and meditation tools to enact distinct sectarian identities even as they enjoy a creative hybridity.
Since the 1960s virtually every part of the world has seen the arrival and establishment of Japanese new religious movements, a process that has followed quickly on the heels of the most active period of Japanese economic expansion overseas. This book examines the nature and extent of this religious expansion outside Japan.