the dilemmas of career and ambition—bringing Zen to love and work—is the core of “an amazingly pure and lively Zen”* as taught by Charlotte Joko Beck. This beautifully written book is a Zen guide to the problems of daily living, love, relationships, work, fear and suffering. Beck describes how to be in the. Charlotte Joko Beck (March 27, – June 15, ) was an American Zen teacher and the author of the books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing.

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Aug 04, Ben rated it did not like it.

Aug 24, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: As has been said, most of us long for the first kind of practice life. And they haven’t begun their practice. Slowly we wear out most of our “if onlies. But our greatest desire is to keep the balloon inflated.

I guess the biggest thing that I got out of this book is the idea that yesterday is gone and tomorrow’s not here yet so just live out today. As the years go by, it gets worse and worse. A great reading and not only for those who are in search of Zen. I recommend this book to anyone searching for enlightenment. The idea of Zen kinda leaves me at a crossroads – if I accept the philosophy, which, if I’m honest with myself, I’ve already begun to accept in very subtle ways, then it feels like it’s a very chqrlotte path.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Joko speaks with such a feeling for the problems of real life that she could be any age, at any stage of practice except charlootte she’s actually been practicing Zen so long that she must be oldI think she’s now deceased.


There are some spectacular examples of American Zen masters behaving very badly indeed, notwithstanding their enlightenment. How would you describe self-discovery?

The first time I tried to read it 4 or 5 years agoI didn’t get all the way through. Get to Know Us. Doesn’t sitting meditation prepare the ground to do that?

So we filter anything happening in the present through all that: Nothing Special by Charlotte J. Buy the selected items together This item: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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See what I mean? Views Read Edit View history. Sergei rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Simple, well-structured and containing some great parallels for life situations each one of us encounters. We tend to run our whole life trying to avoid all that hurts or displeases us, noticing the objects, people, or situations that we think will give us pain or pleasure, avoiding one and pursuing the other.

That’s relatively easy when compared to some of the complex situations we have to live our way through. Or maybe she thinks her everyday Zen is all there is to say that’s worthwhile. While reading things about yoga I came to Buddhism, Zen, mindfulness, etc. This is the “exchange” mentality: I like when she talks about the mind and the types of thoughts it generates, but I just couldn’t get into this book.

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But we human beings are not like dogs. Each talk had a memorable line or two, but the essays themselves weren’t ones I’ll be coming back charkotte. About how life doesn’t “work for you,” about how people resist their lives and live in their dreams and fantasies, about how we expect things from other people and our lives and suffer when we are disappointed.


She seems to have been a everhday and compassionate teacher.

Everyday Zen: Love and Work

It gives you the strength to face the more complex things in your life. Charlottf not a special way of being. Charlotte they’ve got a new cookie, a new “if only.

As a result, she brings a different, practical perspective to Zen, not always found in American zendos; I can speak from personal experience to that. Hope it works out for you. She cuts through the bullshit with the sharpest hottest knife. The “chapters” are very short, four pages at most, and i try and read one a morning before I go to work. Dec 31, Heather rated it it was amazing. We have some inspiring and motivational books that may interest you.

Getting to know different schools of thought and getting into eastern philosophy can charloyte an enlightening experience. My favorite part is learning that in this type of heck, you wouldn’t close yourself off to the external world. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Even when it goes well, as it may for a time, we worry that it probably won’t keep on that way. See all reviews. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Set up a giveaway. Trivia About Everyday Zen: There’s always one phrase or story that resonates cbarlotte the rest of the day. In his desperation he dove over the side of a cliff and grab them. This is immensely useful and inspiring. Pages with related products.