Being Upright

Being Upright

Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
By Reb Anderson
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Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9781930485594
Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. 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. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.
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"Being Upright is a large and compassionate, thorough and clear book about an important, but sometimes neglected, aspect of Zen—the precepts. Thank you, Reb, for bringing them forward." —Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and The Great Spring

"An exceptionally thoughtful penetration of the bodhisattva precepts, illuminated by stories of mondo, or dharma combat, between great teachers. Rather than depending on safe generalities and abstractions, the author shows candor and courage by pointing to mistakes and frailties in his own practice—a skillful means of instruction. This excellent book, by one of his foremost disciples, does honor to Shunryu Suzuki and his teachings." —Peter Matthiessen (Muryo Roshi), author of The Snow Leopard and The Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals, 1969–1982

"The precepts are nothing more or less than the simple manifestation of actual practice: what the mind and heart of Zen look like when engaged with the world. In this clear, luminous, and encouraging book, Reb Anderson investigates and opens each of the precepts until we can see its true face—not a rule, not a guiding concept, but the fragrant flower of awakened life, passed from generation to generation, and now between us." —Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women

"I really like this book! It will be very useful to spiritual practitioners, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Reb Anderson has managed to express his subtle and hard-earned wisdom in language that is wonderfully simple, clear, and free of jargon—and impressive feat." —Ty Koontz, former editor of The Laughing Man

"Being Upright is a much-needed book that provides a solid basis for upright practice. Its very language is upright." —David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B., author of A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sensuousness

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