Here, Anderson discusses receiving the 16 great Bodhisattva precepts; taking refuge in the Triple Treasure of Buddha, dharma teachings and sangha community ; and embracing and sustaining forms, ceremonies and good actions. In the best sense, Anderson's fresh treatment of these topics is well suited for his American audience, but is also useful beyond our borders. It is impossible to keep the precepts completely, but the intent to do so gives context and shape to our entire life. The author does a great job of allowing the reader to get a 360 degree perspective of the bodhisattva precepts. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perhaps quirky is the wrong word - in hearing Anderson's description of picking up a gun in the park off a corpse, keeping it for a lengthy time, flashing it at a later point.
Unfortunately, this is the first buddhist book I have read I have read since coming to terms with it. We are all capable of feeling the pain and the suffering of the victims and their families, friends, and communities. We play this game with family members, friends, co-workers, and total strangers. My main issue with the book was that it was incredibly redundant. What are you sending out? Things to focus on this week: 1.
That is not to say that anger or aggressive words or actions are not appropriate in certain situations in life. We are now moving ahead in time and space, are we not? Praise For… Reb Anderson moved to San Francisco from Minnesota, in 1967, to study Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970. If you think you are a worthy person or an unworthy person, not grasping those thoughts is buddha. But unfortunately the pain we feel from these actions is usually minutes and sometimes years before we are personally affected by them. It will be very useful to spiritual practitioners, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. I came to zen from a fairly atheistic, material view and felt the meditation was doing something good for my mind.
If we could all live from a place of ordinary, everyday mind, we would have no need for religion and education and laws. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives. Reb Anderson is open and candid, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Shambhala Publications upfight, Aug 1, — Religion — pages. When I am cruel to you it affects me in many ways. Someone considering whether to read or purchase this book would do well to read a few pages of it - and see very quickly and easily that the two snippy reviews are silly and somewhat beside the point. In addition, when we aspire to follow moral precepts but find ourselves breaking them, our self-attachment is revealed to us and then we can address it.
A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Reb Anderson's thesis is that the Bodhisattva Precepts are central, as central as, and perhaps even a shade more so, than zazen. How easy it is to stray into the negative or doubting place when we hear ourselves say harsh words, or gossip, or treat people unkindly. It is easily understood and clear in its meaning. The author does discuss targets to aim for.
Good Book I write to counter the 2 weirdly snarky reviews of this book previously published on this site. What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? Anderson Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains captures these traditional strengths and renders them very skillfully for the here and now. Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? It also does a great job of taking traditional precepts and making them meaningful in contemporary American culture. What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? I will remember that wisdom is not knowledge, wisdom comes from above—it does not reside in the brain. Karma is the observation that everything has causes and everything has consequences; rebirth is the observation that I am constantly being created and recreated by each succeeding moment page 97. Even so, the discussion is relevant to the ethical lessons in the book.
Deborahsilver rated it liked it Dec 27, Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. To buy this book at the lowest price,. What matters is that in 2014 I live a life that exemplifies the Buddhist moral discipline part of the Eightfold Path: Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood. The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion. Ultimately, of course, we each set our own targets. So if you see me and I am not particularly expressing right speech, right action or right livelihood please let me know and bring me back to my 2014 goal: making the year memorable.
To get started finding being upright zen meditation and the bodhisattva precepts, you are right to find our website which has a comprehensive collection of manuals listed. But how do we go about it? I can react to the situation at hand with speed and agility instead of jumping into my memories from the past—I remember when this happened to me before and I felt hurt for months. This book is really good! You are giving me a timid inspiration, And healing my sweet ailments, And giving me a quiet dream, My angel, my genius, my friend! With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives. Maybe the person did something unthinkable, or incomprehensible, or unkind, or even criminal, but yet you saw in his or her heart goodness beyond the act or the moment and you were overwhelmed with compassion. I have read a few books on the precepts and this one is my favorite.
Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? Risking food poisoning to teach some lesson is wrong and not skillful behavior. When you take refuge, you are not trying to be something else. It makes you want to be a better person, which is the main thing a book like this is capable of achieving. I will use my ordinary, everyday mind as often as I can today. He also addresses abstaining from killing, stealing, misusing sexuality, lying, intoxication, criticizing others, mean-spirited self-praise, possessiveness, harboring ill will and disparaging the Triple Treasure. The most important thing is that, like any great work of religion or ethics, it inspires the reader to be a better person.