Zen Heart [Paperback]
Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion
New paperback edition. Zen teaching for awakening to life wherever you happen to be, from the author of Being Zen, and At Home in the Muddy Water.
Bayda's gift for taking Zen teaching and relating it to every aspect of life has made his books popular even with people who aren't Buddhists. It's not that he's non traditional - he's very planted in the Zen tradition - it's just that the teaching is so clear and useful that it transcends religious boundaries.
In this new book he breaks spiritual practice down into three basic stages: The Me-phase: Uncovering our most basic and tightly held beliefs about ourselves, observing our emotional reactions and patterns of behaviour, and becoming intimate with our fears. Secondly, Being-Awareness: cultivating a larger sense of what life is, going beyond the basic awareness of the sensory world to transform the narrow experience into a more spacious sense of being. And thirdly, Being-Kindness: Connecting with the love and kindness that are our true nature, and beginning to live from that joyful and compassionate place. The phases enrich each other to create a practice that works no matter what the complexities of your circumstances.
"A clear and comprehensive guide to life transformation. Readers will find down-to-earth advice and effective practices for going beyond basic fears and conditioning to live a more awakened and openhearted life." Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi.
"Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life. His style is as plain spoken as Pema Chodron's. He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors." Publishers Weekly.