Zen in the Age of Anxiety
Wrestling with fear doesn’t have to be a negative experience. This book offers an approach to life that unlocks a new way of thinking and being in the world, one that leads directly through the center of the anxieties we seek to avoid.
Written in the style of an owner’s manual, a guide to being human, Burkett focuses on areas of pain and anxiety as they tend to manifest for modern people: feelings of unworthiness and issues surrounding sex, money, failure, and even death. Providing wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many experiences as a psychotherapist) and using language and metaphors from popular culture, he takes anxiety and teaches us to turn those fears into the building blocks of a fulfilling life.
"With an artless simplicity born of deeply integrated and compassionate wisdom, Tim Burkett speaks to the beginner’s mind in each one of us." —Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Heart of Centering Prayer
"I gained so much from reading Tim’s book, especially about how to hold and handle my own anxieties. Here is an encouraging handbook on how Buddhist values and practices can increase our sense of connectedness and foster inner—and outer—peace. I especially liked Tim’s “Nine Keys” that can open any of us to healing powers in life events and in ourselves, too." —David Richo, author of The Five Things We Cannot Change and How to Be an Adult in Relationships
"This is a book imbued with love and wisdom, full of passages of fluid prose, woven in with carefully chosen Zen stories, poetry, and relevant research findings. It includes clear explanations of the power of diligent meditation practice to transform our various human difficulties into clear seeing, equanimity, and ease, followed by practical exercises about how to go about this work. This is a book about the substance and beauty of Zen practice, a book I will happily read and recommend to my own students." —Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating and How to Train a Wild Elephant
"Zen in the Age of Anxiety is a vitally important book for us all. Not only is it wonderfully written, but Tim Burkett, the guiding teacher at the Minneapolis Zendos, speaks eloquently from his deep knowledge of Zen, psychology, and neuroplasticity, which he integrates flawlessly. The work addresses the many dilemmas we encounter both in practice and life itself. Tim Burkett’s kindness and humanity ring out loudly as a result of his years not only teaching but of living fully and being a wonderful human being. This is deeply important, as it is all too easy for practice to become one-sided, skewed, and unwittingly dangerous. The many dimensions in this book help us not fall into easy answers and potholes of all kinds. The book is a real treasure of wisdom, experience, kindness, and inspiration. I could not put it down." —Brenda Eshin Shoshanna, PhD, author of Zen and the Art of Falling in Love