The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 by Melvin McLeod, Editors of Shambhala Sun

By Melvin McLeod, Editors of Shambhala Sun

Author note: Melvin McLeod [Editor]
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A treasury of the main impressive, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing released within the final 12 months.

The top Buddhist Writing 2012 comprises:
• His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a common ethic of kindness
• Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation perform started
• Pema Chödrön on tips to smile at fear
• The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi on studying international difficulties throughout the lens of conventional Buddhist teachings
• Bruce wealthy at the enlightened version of presidency of the Buddhist monarch King Ashoka
• Thich Nhat Hanh on constancy in loving relationships
• Michael A. Stusser's determined—and hilarious—effort to speak—and tweet—no evil
• Norman Fischer on a brand new and extra open figuring out of language
• Barry Boyce's attention-grabbing survey of the existence and teachings of the past due Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
• Michael Stone and David Loy at the simple questions raised by way of the Occupy Wall highway movement
• Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's rationalization of the meditation perform of kusulu, the top of simplicity and relaxation
• Nancy Baker at the robust and worthwhile strength at the back of anger
• Diane Ackerman on residing along with her liked husband's Alzheimer's disease
• Yangzom Brauen's relocating account of her grandmother and mother's get away from Tibet following the chinese language invasion
• and masses extra

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Max owned a thriving sandwich shop. There were almost always people waiting in line to eat at his little shop. He gave away free pickles, free potato chips, sometimes a free soft drink, and his sandwiches were famous for being overstuffed. One day his son, who lived in a distant city, came to visit. They had a good visit, but as the son was leaving, he told his father, “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been observing how you run the sandwich shop, and I have to tell you for your own good that you’re making a big mistake giving away all those extras.

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ALAN WATTS Zen is too vast a subject to be dealt with in its entirety in this small book, but I will explore how the essence of Zen, its method, and its approach can be used effectively by us to achieve our goal of happiness. Zen is a Japanese word that is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “meditation” (dhyana in Sanskrit, ch’an in Chinese, and zen in Japanese). Zen is a journey of exploration and a way of living that, in and of itself, does not belong to any one religion or tradition. It is about experiencing life in the here and now and about removing the dualistic distinctions between “I” and “you,” between “subject” and “object,” between our spiritual and our ordinary, everyday activities.

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