The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living

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Penguin, Nov 1, 2000 - Social Science - 345 pages
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As an adult who leads a busy life, you have to deal with the stresses of home, work, and family. The Buddhist idea of Zen seeks to help you reduce stress so that you can remain calm when conflicts arise. This book begins with the basics, telling you what Zen is and how you can use it to deal with the situations that come up in your fast-paced life.
 

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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

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A great introduction to Zen and absolutely great ideas for everyday life. I enjoyed every moment of reading it and hope the same for you. Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

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This was a great introduction to Zen. I was really pulled into the subject because of several things that I thought I knew about the subject through pop culture references. However, there is much more ... Read full review

Contents

The Future Is the Past Is Now
1
Spring Cleaning for Your Life
3
What Is Zen?
4
Mental Clutter Control
6
Finding Yourself
7
Paying Attention
8
Meet the Authors
9
What Westerners Can Learn from an Ancient Eastern Religion
10
Zazen Kinhin Zazen Kinhin
150
The Brown Rice Myth
151
Do You Have to Be a Vegetarian?
152
Every Last Bite
153
The Zen Workout
154
The Delights of Dishwashing
157
Stop In the Name of Zen
158
Personal Zen
161

Cut the Chaos
11
Know Thyself
12
You Have No Future
13
A Brief History of Zen Buddhism
15
Who Was Buddha?
16
Man Becomes Buddha
17
Transmission of Dharma
18
Three Treasures
19
The Eightfold Path
20
From India to China to Japan
22
The Sixth Patriarch
23
Soto and Rinzai
24
From Master to Master
25
Triggering Enlightenment
26
Zen in America
29
Why We Love Zen
30
CowboyStyle Religion
31
Illogical Logic
32
This Is Living
33
Shunryu Suzuki
34
R H Blyth
35
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
36
Zen in Pop Culture
37
A Womans Place in the Zendo
38
Millennium Zen
39
You?
40
Dharma 101
41
What Is Truth and How Can I Get Some?
43
I Cant Get No Satisfaction
44
Dukkha It Out
45
Douse Your Dukkha with Dharma
47
Sit It Out
49
Find Your Center
50
Start Where You Are
51
Waking Up Again and Again
52
How Loud Is Your Alarm Clock?
53
Mindless or Mindful?
54
Desperately Seeking Stillness
55
You Gotta Have Faith
56
Getting an Attitude A Zen Approach
59
You Arent in Control
60
Giving Up Control Even When No One Else Will
63
Imagine Your Life Is a Boat
66
Letting Go of Expectations
67
When Bad Things Happen
71
When Tidal Waves Hit
72
And Then the Big Ones
76
Relax Breathe Prioritize
79
Keep Sitting
80
Whats the Point Nirvana?
83
You Say Satori and I Say Nirvana
84
Zen Perks
87
Winking at Stress
89
Making Room for More Tea
90
Stilling the Waters
91
1+11
92
Serve Others? Whos Serving Me?
93
Making This Life Better
94
123 Zazen Zen Techniques for Zen Living
97
Youve Already Started
99
The Secret Is There Is No Secret
100
Duty Discipline Devotion
101
Isnt There an Instruction Manual?
102
Your Life Just Started Go
103
Living Now
105
Begin at the BeginningAgain
106
Entering the Meditation Zone
109
Shhh
110
Learning to Meditate
113
What Is Zazen Exactly? Do You Do It in a Certain Way?
114
How Does Zazen Develop SelfDiscipline?
115
Is Zazen Better Practiced Alone or in a Group?
116
What Is the Best Time of Day to Meditate?
117
Is Meditation Uncomfortable? Do You Have to Sit on the Floor?
118
Can Anybody Meditate?
119
Other Ways to Sit
121
What About Your Hands?
122
Breath and Other Paths to Mindfulness
125
Breathe Like It Counts
126
Breathing Through Boredom
127
Finding the Meditation That Works for You
129
Techniques and Tricks
130
Koans
131
Just Sitting
132
Perpetual Meditation
133
A Koan Is a Koan Is a Koan
135
Illogical Logic
136
But Koans Are Silly
138
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
141
Does a Dog Have Buddha Nature?
142
Why Did Bodhidharma Come from the West?
144
Eating Moving Breathing Maintaining a Zen Lifestyle
147
Practice Makes Practice
149
The One Who Stares Back at You
163
The Real You vs the Potential You
164
So Who Are You?
165
Living Your Autobiography
167
Once More with Feeling
168
How to Feel
169
Embrace and Disarm
170
How to Think
171
Monkey on Your Brain
172
Zen and Your Relationships
175
Zen and the Art of Love
176
A Zen Guide to Dating
180
How Zen Is Commitment?
182
Zen and the Family
185
Leave It to Zen
186
When Youre the Parent
188
Being a Family
190
A Zen Approach to Parenting
191
Zen Values
193
Teaching Kids How to Sit in Zazen
194
Zen for Adult Children
195
Desire Fear Worry Tackling Your Personal Dukkha
199
The Materialism Monster
200
What We Want and What We Think We Want
201
A Zazen Cold Shower
204
Things That Go Bump in the Night
205
The Source of Fear
206
Pull Off the Mask
207
The Real Ball and Chain
208
Worry Myths
209
Your Zen BoltCutter BugSwatter WorryBuster
210
Zen in the Workplace
215
Buddha in Your Cubicle
217
Dont Fence Me In
222
NoMind Your Own Business
225
Making Your Job Your Own
228
Meditating at Your Desk
233
The Daily Work of Letting Go
234
Relationships on the Job
235
What Working Environment Works for You?
236
The Sharks You Think Youre Swimming with Are Only in Your Head
239
The Zen Approach to Having a Boss
242
The Zen Approach to Being the Boss
244
If You Work Alone
246
Managing Stress on the Job
249
Even Superman Gets Knocked Down by Kryptonite
250
Yours Theirs and the Ones That Dont Exist
251
Zap Your Stress with Zen
254
A Zen Approach to Time Management
256
Resistance Is Futile So Just Do It
257
Knowing When and How to Relax and Rejuvenate
258
To Be or Not To Be Your Job
259
Manage Your Career by Not Managing Your Career
263
Let Go? Ill Fall Off the Ladder
265
A Time for Effort a Time to Sit Back and Wait
267
What You Control What You Dont
268
Learning to Lose
269
Where Is It Getting You?
271
Youve Already Made It
272
Bringing It All Back Home
277
A Zendo to Call Your Own
279
Home Is Where the Zen Is
280
Transforming Your Space
281
Living in the Doing
283
Clutter vs Simplicity
285
Its Just Stuff
286
Clean Up Your Act
288
Is Zen Good Feng Shui?
289
ZenPowered Creativity
291
Creativity for Greater Awareness
292
Zen and the Pen
294
The Poet Within
295
You and Haiku
297
Musical Zen
298
A Zen Lesson in Art Appreciation
300
The Zen Athlete
303
The Zen of the Game
304
Zen and the Bow Zen and the Sword
306
The Martial ArtsZen Connection
308
Zen and the Armchair Athlete
309
Everyday Zen
311
How Zen Do I Want to Be?
312
Making Zen Your Own
313
How Does Your Life Look?
314
Live in the Doing
315
The Universe Within
316
The Present Embrace
318
Further Reading
319
Glossary
325
Ten Bulls
331
Index
335
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McClain, a psychologist, moderates focus groups for many Fortune 500 clients, works with individuals on dependency issues, and leads human growth and values clarification workshops.

Eve Adamson is the co-author of numerous books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga Illustrated, The Complete Idiot's Guide Dream Dictionary, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation, Empowering Your Life with Joy, and The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. She is also a contributing editor to Dog Fancy.

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