This instant classic is a watershed volume sure to rapidly take its place for generations alongside The Three Pillars of Zen as one the first books someone brand new to Zen will turn to as a starting place. The word "Mu" is one ancient Zen teacher's response to the earnest question of whether even a dog has "buddha nature"?and discovering for ourselves the meaning of the master's response is the urgent work of each of us who yearns to be open and at peace. "Practicing Mu" is synonymous with practicing Zen, and "sitting with Mu" is an apt description all Zen meditation. And it is said that all thousands and thousands of koans in the Zen tradition are really just further elaborations of Zen's most important koan, Mu.
This volume brings to together teachers, ancient and modern, from across centuries and the full spectrum of the Zen world to illuminate and clarify the essential matter, the question of how to be most truly ourselves at the deepest level. As the many teachers in this book talk about Mu, we learn how work with the breath in Zen meditation, how to open ourselves to difficulty and joy equally, and how to find freedom amid sinks full of dishes and cars full of children.
Though the third published in Wisdom's "Essential Writings of Zen" series of anthologies (following The Art of Just Sitting, and Sitting with Koans), The Book of Mu is the entryway to the other two, the one with the broadest appeal and the one that everyone should read first.
You Are What You Seek
The Buddhist experience of realization--and beyond that, enlightenment--is not reserved for monks on distant mountaintops. It is your birthright and can become the way you view yourself and the world.
With warmth and simplicity, Don't Give Up Until You Do presents key experiences of the Buddhist path in a down-to-earth fashion. Dr. Fred Meyer shares his wholehearted approach to attaining enlightenment and offers guidance, free of religiosity, on central Buddhist insights--from the spiritual power of humor to the dangers of possessive love to the challenge of experiencing egolessness.
Full of lively personal stories and direct advice, this practical guide will show you how the mind of realization affects every part of your daily life, from washing the dishes to coping with the aging process. The joy of realization is waiting for you--the desire to understand your own true nature is the only qualification you need.
Alexander Polikoff focuses his formidable skills on nothing less than the prospects for Homo sapiens. Using the metaphor of passengers on a boat, he considers both the condition of our warming planet and - from the Big Bang to Iraq - the triumphs and failures of its passengers. This look at an imperiled vessel and a history pervaded by the scourge of war leads to a bleak prognosis.
Then along come Jonathan Schell, offering an explanation for those occasions when superior force has succumbed to the "lesser force" of common people, and Paul Hawken, finding millions of common people already hard at work confronting despair, power, and incalculable odds. Though it's a long shot, Polikoff concludes that if the strongest passenger can step back from empire, embrace a new consciousness, and lead the others toward Schell's "cooperative power," there is still time to bring peace, justice, and beauty to the world.
This compelling story about the central issues of our time places Jared Diamond, James Hillman, Chalmers Johnson, and many others in an intellectual frame that will forever illumine the way you think about our planetary voyage.
Praise for Waiting for Gautreaux
"An inspiring and fascinating book."
"History as it should be written."
- Alex Kotlowitz
"An important story, told with great passion . . ."
- Chicago Tribune
"Polikoff animates his story with humanity and intelligence."
- Publishers Weekly
"A thrilling story . . ."
- Washington Monthly