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Reccomendations for teachings similar to Pema Chödrön's 'When Things Fall Apart'? [R]

4 months, 2 weeks agotop_shelf_sizzurp posted submission on Buddhism.
Oct. 7, 2019

I've recently read Pema Chödrön's 'When Things Fall Apart' and found it incredibly meaningful and helpful, as I'm going through a period of great difficulty as I'm considering who I am, what I stand for, dealing with my past, etc.

I really enjoyed the teachings in her book, but I also am trying to be mindful of the current state of Shambhala Buddhism and her role in it, and I can't seem to engage with her teachings anymore without feeling like they are tainted in some way, as she didn't reflect them in her own life. I know the actual content can still be meaningful even when the teacher is imperfect, but reading her work now is simply too distracting for me and is imbued with personal moral concerns as I think back on my own mistakes and how to be less complicit in unhealthy systems, so I'd rather not read her for a while.

Does anyone have recommendations for similar works dealing with uncertainty, difficult times, and personal responsibility?

4 months, 2 weeks agotop_shelf_sizzurp posted comment on Buddhism.
Oct. 7, 2019

Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck

She's wonderful.


Books about spirituality or Buddhism? [R]

6 months, 1 week agoitto1 posted submission on Meditation.
Aug. 14, 2019

I’ve been into meditation for a few months now and I want to know if any of you guys are reading or have read books of this sort to help me out with understanding of spirituality and meditation

6 months, 1 week agoitto1 posted comment on Meditation.
Aug. 14, 2019

My favorite books about buddhism and meditation are:

zen training , nothing special , everyday zen - love and work , the path to bodhidharma , and this one is a free e-book : the 7th world of chan buddhism

Also, if you're interested in buddhism, visiting a temple if there is one near you and learning there provided you find it worthwhile is another way to learn and practice buddhism.

Favorite book on spiritually and/or consciousness [R]

7 months, 3 weeks agomckay949 posted submission on Meditation.
June 30, 2019

Basically the title. Any insightful books on consciousness or spirituality. Ive been hearing a lot about the Power Of Now as well so feel free to share your opinions on that if you like. But yeah what’s your favorite?

Book recommendations? [R]

8 months, 1 week agomckay949 posted submission on Meditation.
June 19, 2019

Anyone know any good beginner books on meditation/spirituality?

8 months agomckay949 posted comment on Meditation.
June 20, 2019

my favorites that not only describe how to meditate, but talk about spirituality too, specifically zen buddhism, are:

zen training

everyday zen

nothing special

the path to bodhidharma

The way I meditate that works best for me is combining the instructions I found in those books.

Zen Buddhism questions [R]

8 months, 4 weeks agomckay949 posted submission on Buddhism.
May 28, 2019

Today I went to a zen center here in Austin Texas and sat for zazen. I’m now reflecting on the experience. Their practice felt authentic and everyone was taking it very seriously. Unfortunately this is more than I can say about several other centers I’ve visited who seem to cater too much to watered down Buddhism for westerners. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, I just haven’t had particularly positive experiences with it. Having said this I wonder what sources I should explore for Zen Buddhism. I’m familiar with the practice as a layman but honestly found it a bit contrived and stuck closer to Theravada practices in recent years. Unfortunately the zen subreddit here on Reddit tends to be breeding ground for trolls in my experience. Can anyone recommend an introduction for me to begin my studying? Thanks for any recommendations!

Edit: I realize I should have changed the title to something a little less broad, apologies

8 months, 3 weeks agomckay949 posted comment on Buddhism.
June 3, 2019

If you found that the group in Austin is a good one, what I would recommend is go there and practice there.

If you're looking for recommendations of reading material for someone starting to study zen, I would recommend these books:

zen training

everyday zen - love and work

nothing special - living zen

The path to bodhidharma

And this one is free:

the 7th world of chan buddhism

Best meditation resources? [R]

10 months agomckay949 posted submission on Meditation.
April 24, 2019

I currently meditate independently, without the aid of an app or guide. But I feel like I'm not going anywhere with it. It's virtually the same each time and while I have managed to control my thoughts more since beginning, I've plateaued somewhat.

Is there anything that helped you lot in particular - a book, guide, app etc? If so I'd like to know and hopefully I can utilise it too :)

10 months agomckay949 posted comment on Meditation.
April 25, 2019

Is there anything that helped you lot in particular - a book, guide, app etc? If so I'd like to know and hopefully I can utilise it too :)

Being a part of 2 different zen buddhist communities was something that helped me, because there they corrected my posture while I meditated.

Of all the books I've read that deal with meditation, the ones that helped me the most were these 4, I meditate following a combination of the instructions found in them:

zen training: https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Training-Philosophy-Shambhala-Classics/dp/1590302834/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=zen+training&qid=1556206830&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Nothing special: https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Special-Charlotte-J-Beck/dp/0062511173/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=living+zen&qid=1556206859&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Everyday zen: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Zen-Love-Work-Plus/dp/0061285897/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1556206915&refinements=p_27%3ACharlotte+J.+Beck&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Charlotte+J.+Beck

The path to bodhidharma: https://www.amazon.com/Path-Bodhidharma-Teachings-Library-Enlightenment/dp/0804832161/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=GOWQXHET1KHO&keywords=the+path+to+bodhidharma&qid=1556207019&s=books&sprefix=the+path+to+bodhi%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C224&sr=1-1-fkmrnull

If you want free resources, this page has a lot of instructions on how to meditate:http://antaiji.org/en/%E6%96%B0%E6%B8%A9%E6%B3%89%E7%94%BA%E7%A7%BB%E4%BD%8F%E5%AE%9A%E4%BD%8F%E3%83%97%E3%83%AD%E3%83%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A7%E3%83%B3-l-a-zenmonki-2/

And I created this playlist with some videos on how to meditate that I found interesting: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD8J_naDRjDPiHDCVaGiEiDs3diVfqmW_

Buddhism books - recommendations? [R]

10 months, 3 weeks agomckay949 posted submission on Buddhism.
April 3, 2019

Any good books on Buddhism that y’all would recommend? Just getting into it and want to learn more. Thanks!

10 months, 3 weeks agomckay949 posted comment on Buddhism.
April 3, 2019

Just getting into it and want to learn more.

Then the ones I would recommend are:

zen training by Katsuki Sekida

everyday zen - love and work and nothing special - living zen by Charlotte Joko Beck

The path to bodhidharma by Shodo Harada Roshi

and "the 7th world of chan buddhism" by Ming Zhen Shakya which is free here .

Where can someone who has never meditated before start? [R]

11 months, 2 weeks agomckay949 posted submission on Meditation.
March 14, 2019

Hi everyone. I’m here more for my father, but I could probably use some guidance as well. I’m an anxious person at times, prone to worrying over things I can’t control and it stresses me out a lot. But my father is going through a particularly stressful time right now.

He’s lost 2 brothers-in-law and a childhood friend all in six months. And his mother has dementia and is lapsing very quickly. Because of this, she is often very hostile towards him and his stress and worry is through the roof. He is the type of man who doesn’t show his emotions much. Strong silent type so to speak. But he remarked to me today (half-jokingly) that maybe he should try “some of that Chinese tai chi stuff). I responded with “or maybe try some meditation”. And he said he might look into it. He’s retired now and he said he has the time.

My question is where can he start? Websites, videos, books. Anything would be appreciated. There’s so much info out there, it’s a little hard to know where to begin. Thanks.

Does Zazen have all the benefits of normal meditation ? [R]

2 years, 1 month agoHakuninMatata posted submission on zen.
Jan. 15, 2018

I want to start practicing Zen Meditation and I'm not sure what to follow or whom to learn from, so guide me in that too. But does it have benefits like increased memory, less anxiety and all that ?

2 years, 1 month agoHakuninMatata posted comment on zen.
Jan. 15, 2018

Hi ShreyasRao,

This is probably not the best forum to ask about zazen. There's probably little agreement or knowledge of what zazen even is here, let alone giving good advice.

/r/Soto may be a good place to go, or /r/Meditation for meditation more broadly.

There are some adequate instructions here: https://zmm.mro.org/teachings/meditation-instructions/

I also recommend Charlotte Beck's book "Everyday Zen", which is only partly about meditation.

And Thomas Cleary's book "Minding Mind" is a collection of translations from Chinese, Japanese and Korean Zen writers about meditation.

Trying to choose a meditation practice. [R]

2 years, 1 month agoHakuninMatata posted submission on Buddhism.
Jan. 6, 2018

The more I learn about Buddhism, the more important meditation seems. I've read a few meditation manuals, and attended a Goenka retreat, yet can't seem to settle on one particular practice.

I'm attracted to methods that emphasize samatha and jhana in addition to vipassana, which rules out Goenka, so these are the options I'm aware of:

  1. The Mind Illuminated: Very detailed method, well explained, very popular currently. However, the author doesn't directly descend from, nor is authorized by, any lineage. Also, his emphasis of jhanas is relatively mild.
  2. Shaila Catherine: An authorized student of Pa Auk Sayadaw, so solid lineage. She wrote two books that focus heavily on samatha, jhanas, and vipassana. Was recommended by multiple serious redditors.
  3. Leigh Brasington: Authorized by Ayya Khema, who was herself authorized by Matara Sri Ñānarāma, so good lineage. His manual is called Right Concentration and was featured in a recent post here. Main difference between him and Shaila Catherine: he deliberately sticks to the suttas and shuns the Visuddhimagga. My impression of the Visuddhimagga is very ambivalent, so that might be a big advantage.
  4. Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder: The other famous students of Pa Auk Sayadaw who published a manual in English, called Practicing the Jhanas. I know next to nothing about them.
  5. The Visuddhimagga: I'm both intrigued and repulsed by what I've read of this book. Lots of very exotic practices such as kasinas (also featured in Catherine's work). Diverges from the suttas on multiple points. There's also the dark appeal of the siddhis you'll supposedly gain by these techniques.

I know there are folks here who learned and practice some of these methods - your feedback would be most welcome.

2 years, 1 month agoHakuninMatata posted comment on Buddhism.
Jan. 6, 2018

Highly recommended, but not purely about meditation: Everyday Zen.

Recently discovered zen, where do I even start? [R]

4 years, 1 month agozaphod_beatbox posted submission on zen.
Jan. 1, 2016

I'm seeing lots of potential places to start, but would rather avoid the bastardized or commercialized versions of zen that people use to sell books and yoga mats. Really, I have two siblings who are very spiritual in an eclectic way, but I haven't connected to any of that. The one thing I feel I have a strong potential in is studying zen. It's in line with everything I want for my sprituality. I love koans. And I love finding purpose in every day things. I just don't know what or whom to study.

I'd really appreciate any books or audiobooks that you found helpful. Thank you all!

4 years, 1 month agozaphod_beatbox posted on zen.
Jan. 2, 2016

Try reading "Everyday Zen".

Huge list of complicated mess, I just need to get it out. "Wow, you got a lot of shit going on!" [R]

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Aug. 1, 2014
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5 years, 6 months agoRedstonefreedom posted on depression.
Aug. 2, 2014

I come back with a book recommendation for meditation: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck. She speaks plainly, without unnecessary mysticism, and explains a proper way of thinking really well.


I'm sure you could torrent a pdf or something, though I liked holding the book in my hands and reading it. It may be at your library, too.

"Oppression is all we have" [R]

5 years, 10 months agostillnotking posted submission on TumblrInAction.
April 7, 2014
5 years, 10 months agostillnotking posted on TumblrInAction.
April 8, 2014

Yes, absolutely! In fact, the teacher I was talking about was Charlotte Beck (this was a long time ago and she's since passed away), who wrote a great, accessible "intro" book: Everyday Zen. Can't recommend it highly enough.

6 years, 9 months ago[deleted] posted submission on zen.
May 14, 2013

What introductory material did you find particularly awesome when you first started learning about Zen? It can be anything like books, video, audio...etc.


6 years, 9 months ago[deleted] posted on zen.
May 14, 2013

"Everyday Zen: Love and Work" (Charlotte Joko Beck)