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Zen / Mahayana

The Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, of which Zen is an important expression (along with Chinese Chan and Korean Soen), arose sometime around the first century C.E. in South India and spread throughout Asia.  It is characterized by the ideal of the bodhisattva: the compassionate being whose desire for enlightenment isn’t an individual quest but includes all other sentient beings as well.

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  1. The Vow-Powered Life

    The Vow-Powered Life

    A Simple Method for Living with Purpose

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    • Jan Chozen Bays
    Making a vow is a powerful mindfulness practice—and all you have to do to tap into that power is set your intention consciously. A vow can be as “small” as the aspiration to smile at someone at least once every day, or as “big” as marriage; as personal as deciding to be mindful when picking up the phone or as universal as vowing to save all sentient beings. It can… Read More

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  2. Quiet Mind

    Quiet Mind

    A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

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    • Susan Piver
    This unique book-and-audio program brings together some of the country's most beloved meditation teachers. Each contributor presents a short written teaching along with an audio recording of a guided practice. Quiet Mind features:Sakyong Mipham on shamatha, the practice of tranquillityLarry Rosenberg on vipassana, the practice of clear seeingEdward Espe Brown on zazen, the practice of freedomSharon Salzberg on metta, the practice of lovingkindnessJudith Lief on tonglen, the practice of transformationTulku… Read More

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