the dilemmas of career and ambition—bringing Zen to love and work—is the core of “an amazingly pure and lively Zen”* as taught by Charlotte Joko Beck. This beautifully written book is a Zen guide to the problems of daily living, love, relationships, work, fear and suffering. Beck describes how to be in the. Charlotte Joko Beck (March 27, – June 15, ) was an American Zen teacher and the author of the books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing.

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This a great no-nonsense guide to Zen spirituality, free of Asian exoticism and specialized language, whose only purpose is to make you see. Simple, well-structured and containing some great parallels for life situations each one of us encounters. If we can be punctured hurtwe can be sure we are still a balloon. She is survived by her four children: Even when it goes well, as it may for a time, we worry that it probably won’t keep jpko that way.

Everyday Zen : Love and Work

Thanks for cgarlotte us about the problem. In particular, she taught students to work with the emotions of everyday life rather than attempting to avoid or escape them. Hits home with every example the writer uses to support her stories.

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I read it in the middle of a crisis in my life, and it might have saved my marriage, because it spoke straight to me. I didn’t realize how much the ego rules everything.

View all 3 comments. While she is insistent that no book can take the place of practice, still this one is invaluable as a manual for those of us who do not have access to a teacher. But some people read for fifty years, you know. B, author of A Listening Heart. It was ranked highly on the listopia “Buddhist Reading List” so I decided to make it part of my practice. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Apr 23, Martyn rated it did not like it Shelves: Aug 23, Andy rated it it was ok. Beck also stated that Zen Center San Diego should not claim to represent her or jokko teaching.

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Notice that the man being chased bck a tiger didn’t lie down and say, “oh, you beautiful creature. Without exception, we all do this.

You’re really just everydy ongoing set of events: This book gives a good description of our human nature and our constant search for the elusive happiness. Meditation isn’t something special. I’m not sure this would be a great introductory book.


My advice would be to edit out all the pauses and irrelevancies and get it down to a tight disc and a half from three – then the message would at least be sharper. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

So what had happened? Just a moment everryday we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nikki rated it really liked it Jul 01, In Joko moved to Prescott, Arizona, where she continued to teach until she retired as a teacher in late The first and uncomfortable years of sitting make it clearer and clearer that my desire is to be irritated or angry separate.

That’s almost all I have known as a means to preserve and protect what I think is my identity. So you have something limited looking for something limited and you just end up with more of the same folly that has made you zrn. Start reading Everyday Zen: