Everything Is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen

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Shambhala Publications, Jun 12, 2012 - Religion - 240 pages
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These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything that’s enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it’s refreshing be reminded that Zen is at heart a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit—in order to free ourselves from the suffering the dream imposes on us. Elihu Genmyo Smith’s eminently practical Zen teaching never loses sight of that central concern: Whether it takes the form of zazen (meditation), koan work, or just eating your breakfast, the aim of Zen practice is always nothing other than intimacy with ourselves and everything around us.
 

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Contents

Be Still
3
The Four Practice Principles
7
Embodying Life
11
Zen Is Easy Zen Is Difficult
16
Mysterious and Subtle Simple and Straightforward
20
A Single Hair Pierces Many Holes
27
Intimacy and Commitment
32
Enlightenment Practice Everyday Practice
37
NotSelf NotTwo
130
Amid Conditions and Circumstances
136
Possessed
141
The Seamless Moment
147
Dogen Hides Buddha
151
Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana
156
Blank Slate
161
True Person
166

Everything Is the Way
41
One Bright Pearl
47
Sesshin Guidelines in Everyday Life
54
Impermanence
61
Life of the Universe
63
Indestructible Nature
69
Wind Bell
74
Boundless Rushing Waters
81
Fundamental Endowment
86
Alive? Dead? Part I
91
Alive? Dead? Part II
97
Gardening with Weeds
100
Mazu Is Ill
105
Entangling NotKnowing
112
Nonabiding
117
Nonself
123
Who?
125
Light
173
You Are Light
179
Ordinary
187
On Being Transparency
193
Some Notes
195
Jukai Three Treasures Three Precepts
207
Jukai
209
I and All Beings
232
Entangling NotKnowing
239
The Balloon of Our Life
245
Nonharming
251
Being Just This Moment
257
Nonabiding Service
262
Notes
273
Glossary
275
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Elihu Genmyo Smith is the resident teacher of the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois, and one of the co-founders, with Charlotte Joko Beck, of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose teachers include such well-known Zen authors as Diane Rizzetto, Ezra Bayda, and Elizabeth Hamilton, as well as Barry Magid. Genmyo has practiced Zen for around thirty-five years, beginning as a student of Soen Nakagawa and Eido Tai Shimano, then he trained with Maezumi Roshi, who ordained him, and then with Charlotte Joko Beck. He was her first dharma heir, and remains close to her. He teaches extensively around the Midwest/Chicago area, though he ventures beyond that as well. He's also associated with Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers. He blogs on "current events, books, and random themes" on his blog Clouds (clouds-genmyo.blogspot.com).

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