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Instructions to the Cook: Living a Life that Matters, by Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields (Hardcopy) $18.00
Based on a 13th-century Japanese manual of the same title, this guide to modern-day Zen practice also details the history of Glassman’s work in the world. An abbot of Zen communities in New York City and Los Angeles, Glassman is also the founder of the Greyston Mandala, a network that includes a commercial bakery, apartments for the homeless and other not-for-profit community development projects in Yonkers, a suburb of New York City. In Zen Buddhist tradition, the preparation of a meal is used as a metaphor for leading a meaningful life. Glassman and Fields (coauthor of Chop Wood, Carry Water) detail the five main “courses” of life: spirituality, study, livelihood, social action, and relationship and community Most widely recognized of the Greyston ventures is the successful bakery. Besides being a teacher of Zen and a noted social activist, Glassman is a pragmatic businessman. His description of how he and others who work with and for the jobless and homeless of Yonkers dealt with government agencies, banks, suspicious residents and the vagaries of the marketplace will satisfy the appetites of readers whose interest is as much in business practice as in Zen practice. In setting out his guidelines for conducting business, e.g., establishing self-directed management teams and sharing success with the community, Glassman occasionally strikes an imperious tone (reflecting the authority invested in Zen leaders), but the menu he offers is fresh, appealingly presented and thought- provoking.
Bearing Witness, by Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko (Hardcopy) $25.00
Zen practitioner and non-profit community developer Bernie Glassman offers powerful teaching stories that illustrate ways of making peace one moment at a time. Each chapter focuses on an event or person and demonstrates how a particular peacemaker vow is put into practice. Through these stories and Glassman’s personal testimony we come to understand the essence of peacemaking.
Infinite Circle: Teachings in Zen by Bernie Glassman (Hardcopy) $23.00;
In Infinite Circle, one of America’s most distinctive Zen teachers takes a back-to-basics approach to Zen. Glassman illuminates three key teachings of Zen Buddhism, offering line-by-line commentary in clear, direct language:1. The Heart Sutra: the Buddha’s essential discourse on emptiness, a central sutra of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
2. “The Identity of Relative and Absolute”: an eighth-century poem by Shih-t’ou His-ch’ien, a key text of the Soto Zen school.
3. The Zen precepts: the rules of conduct for laypeople and monks.His commentaries are based on workshops he gave as Abbot of the Zen Community of New York, and they contain within them the principles that became the foundation for the Greyston Mandala of community development organizations and the Zen Peacemaker Order.
Nine-Headed Dragon River, by Peter Matthiessen $20.00
When Matthiessen took his Himalaya trek, recreated in The Snow Leopard, he secretly hoped that a “great clarity” would emerge from his ordeal in the snowy mountains. A disciple of Zen Buddhism since 1970 when his wife introduced him to meditation, he plunged more deeply into Zen after her death. This moving, highly personal story attempts to convey the essence of the Zen experience as the journal shuttles between an account of modern Zen masters in America, details of the Buddha’s life, lyrical introspection and poetic recollections of Nepal, Tibet, India and Japan. Matthiessen excells at detailed descriptions of inner mental states (“In zazen, one is one’s present self, what one was, and what one will be, all at once”). Zen helps him to live in the present, unencumbered by regret of the past or daydreams of the future, and this intensely felt journal communicates his faith. The log concludes with Matthiessen’s 1982 pilgrimage to Japan to visit his 75-year-old former teacher.
Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen, $20.50
The first major collection of teishos by Maezumi Roshi, founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center.Experience his “brilliant, simple, infinitely subtle appreciation of this precious life” and the unique teaching style that drew thousands of Dharma students to him.
Living Buddha Zen, by Lex Hixon $19.00 (paperback)
Living Buddha Zen recreates 52 such ineffable moments, 52 “transmissions of the light” —from Shakyamuni Buddha continuously from master to successor. Hixon follows the original awakening impulse through India and China to the flowering of Soto Zen in Japan . . . and to his vision of how this same light circulates in the world today.This is Lex’s final book, meticulously polished to his satisfaction in the months before his passing on. It is a modern re-creation, not a translation—in language that is fresh and alive—of the classic Japanese Denkoroku: The Record of Transmitting the Light.The format follows that of the root text: koan, commentary, and concluding poem for each moment of sudden full illumination. Lex and his Zen mentor Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman contemplated together and discussed each transmission.
Coming Home, by Lex Hixon $17.00 (paperback)
Explores the experience of enlightenment in sacred traditions and how it affects those who experience it.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall B. Rosenberg and Arun Gandhi $21.00
Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively? Unfortunately, for centuries our culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can actually perpetuate conflict, internal pain and even violence. Nonviolent Communication partners practical skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help you get what you want peacefully.
In this internationally acclaimed text, Marshall Rosenberg offers insightful stories, anecdotes, practical exercises and role-plays that will dramatically change your approach to communication for the better. Discover how the language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent conflicts and heal pain. Revolutionary, yet simple, NVC offers you the most effective tools to reduce violence and create peace in your life – one interaction at a time.
Over 150,000 copies sold and now available in 20 languages around the world. More than 250,000 people each year from all walks of life are learning these life-changing skills.
To purchase any of the above books, please use the following Donate Button to pay fees. List what the fees are for in the comments bloc on the Donation Page. Shipping and Handling Fees are included in the prices. You can also send a check payable to Zen Peacemakers to Laurie at PO Box 460, Sunderland, MA 01375. If you prefer paying by phone, call Laurie at 1-(413) 367-5278, she will tell you the fee required and she will take your credit card information.
For the twentieth anniversary of the Genocide, Bernie Glassman and Grover Genro Gauntt will go to Rwanda to bear witness to that genocide. You are invited to join them for this Retreat, sponsored by the Rwandan organization, Memos: Learning From History, the Hudson River Peacemaker Center and the Zen Peacemakers.
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