The Dragon Who Never Sleeps: Verses for Zen Buddhist Practice (Google eBook)

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Parallax Press, Nov 20, 2013 - Philosophy - 86 pages
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In this collection of gathas, vows for daily living in verse form, American Zen master Robert Aitken offers us ways to face life's difficulties with insight and humor. Reciting these poetic vows can help us be fully present in each moment of our lives, resolving to give our best to every occasion.

"A jewel of wisdom in the universe of Buddhist texts. This book is not only revolutionary in content, it is lovely poetry."—Turning Wheel
  

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User Review  - Kent - Goodreads

Example of one of the 100's of verses: When my efforts are clearly outclassed I vow with all beings to face my own limitations and bring forth my original self. Yes, a man's got to know his limitations. Definitely a 5. Read full review

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User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

Not easy to get this book. It is verses for Zen Buddhist Practice, but with an everyday spin. Example: Watching ants clean up the kitchen I vow with all beings to clean up the waste on my desk and the ... Read full review

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Page v - Ah ! need I say, dear Friend ! that to the brim My heart was full ; I made no vows, but vows Were then made for me ; bond unknown to me Was given, that I should be, else sinning greatly, A dedicated Spirit.

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Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam on October 11, 1926. He entered Tu Hieu Temple as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a movement called "engaged Buddhism", which combines traditional practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. For this, he was exiled by both the Communist and non-Communist governments and was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts to reconcile North and South Vietnam. He is a teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children's stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books include The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction to Buddhism, Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, and Living Buddha, Living Christ. He founded a retreat in France called Plum Village.

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