Four Men Shaking
Searching for Sanity With Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher
Paperback ISBN: 1611807298
"Due to what he calls his "inexplicably good karma," writer Lawrence Shainberg's life has been filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In this engaging memoir, Shainberg weaves together the narratives of three of these relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his long teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa. In Shainberg's lifelong pursuit of both writerly success and Zen equanimity, each of these men come to represent an important aspect of his experience. The brash, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg's mind for the Buddhist concept of "form," while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to him to embody "emptiness." Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen teacher continuously encouraging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept the present as it is"--
The life-changing magic of tidying up
The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
Hardcover ISBN: 1607747308
This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method's category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have been repeat customers (and she still has a three-month waiting list of new customers!). With detailed guidance for every type of item in the household, this quirky little manual from Japan's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help readers clear their clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home--and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
The Teacup & The Skullcup
Where Zen and Tantra Meet
Paperback ISBN: 1611802911
An exposition of the similarities and differences between Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen, by one of the twentieth century's greatest meditation teachers. The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974--one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston--called "Zen and Tantra." Although Trungpa Rinpoche belonged to the tantra tradition, he acknowledged the strength and discipline gained from Zen influence. Through these talks you can see his respect for the Zen tradition and how it led to his using certain Zen forms for his public meditation hall rituals. He discusses the differences in style, feeling, and emphasis that distinguish the two paths and shows what each one might learn from the other. Also included are Trungpa Rinpoche's commentary on the Ten Oxherding Pictures and an essay he composed in memory of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, a close friend with whom he continually exchanged ideas for furthering buddhadharma in America.
Sex, Sin, and Zen
A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between
Paperback ISBN: 1577319109
A Zen teacher, and bassist for the band Zero Defects, discusses sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, exploring such topics as masturbation, abortion, gender identity, pornography and more. Original. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
A Practice for Awakening the Heart
Paperback ISBN: 1590304047
In this little treasure, Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love. With simplicity, warmth, and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom—explaining how to experience them in our day-to-day lives. He also emphasizes that in order to love in a real way, we must first learn how to be fully present in our lives, and he offers simple techniques from the Buddhist tradition that anyone can use to establish the conditions of love. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, is an internationally known author, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Great Spring
Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1611803160
Goldberg offers this memoir centered around the two anchors of writing and zen practice. The tender volume begins with a few pointed chapters on the first few formative experiences that introduced her to these practices. Her youth spent trying to make sense of life continues the narrative. As the book reaches its middle, she takes a more teacherly tone and tells stories of teaching, as she reached a balance of giving and taking insight in her life. The further challenges of middle age, loss, and change gave her new material to fertilize her practices. The memoir ends with the best of her understandings to date, with the two practices converging on common truths. Each section opens with a cryptic koan, and although arranged overall in a chronological flow, the page by page narrative flits between past and future to impart the gestalt of the story. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)