Being Zen has ratings and 40 reviews. Graham said: A great book for applying Zen/Buddhist principles to everyday life.: For over three years I’ve bee. Ezra Bayda is a Zen teacher affiliated with the Ordinary Mind Zen School, having received formal dharma transmission from Charlotte Joko Beck. A student of. The paradox of Zen is that learning to just live in the present requires lots of hard work. In Being Zen, seasoned Zen teacher Ezra Bayda unpacks this paradox.

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I remember when I first started my spiritual journey I had the strong expectation that practice would free me from anxiety and fear. Mar 06, Nikki rated it really liked it. But Bayda offers clear instruction, as a teacher pointing the way toward Ultimate Clarity should.

Novice author and veteran meditator Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life. He has been a hospice volunteer for over ten years, and has authored five books, including Being Zen and Zen Heart. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

The views and opinions expressed by others ezrra this website are not necessarily endorsed by Sweeping Zen. The more deeply we understand what it means to say Yes, the less we feel the need to push away fear when it arises.

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Ezra Bayda, Teacher

I actually bought a second copy of this book to gift to another. It is this core pain that can make our life a living hell. Moving Beyond Negativity and Limiting Ezrra. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Lessons from the Dying.


I bow to you for you are a Master! Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Art of Disappearing. There are lots of basic, usable instructions on meditation.

The Power of Meditation. What we need is the willingness to just be with our experiences whether they are painful or pleasing opening ourselves to the reality of our lives without trying to fix or change anything. Indeed, one of the book’s strengths is the techniques and exercises that the meditation teacher describes.

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By learning to do this, we are taking the first basic step toward learning what it means to be open to life as it is The book breaks no new ground—a big expectation, true, after 2, years of Buddhist teaching and practice—and it’s on the small side for its price point. Would you like us to take another look at this review? It has some excellent beginner practices Finding Freedom in Illness.


His teachings are a blend of the Zen and Gurdjieff traditions, and are also influenced by Stephen Levine and Pema Chodron, with their emphasis on the need for loving kindness as an essential part of practice. We can use whatever life presents, Ezra Bayda teaches, to strengthen our spiritual practice—including the turmoil of daily life.

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Another reviewer said “Where’s the Zen” in reference to the ebing of this book. Because fear is what drives much of our behavior, and at the same time it is the one thing that we least want to feel. The four steps are: The book helps you with this work while turning wriggling and twisting but still sitting!

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. He emphasizes that this is an experiential event, not a thinking one: The Beginner’s Guide to Byada Buddhism.


Ezra’s xen came across as vulnerable to me as describes his own limitations and struggles. This is one of the situations where it is clearest that our own difficulties are the path: In a way, every time we give in to fear, we cease to live genuinely.

Love and a Map to the Unaltered Soul. Messages Inspired by Christ Consciousness. A few weeks ago I received a call from my doctor telling me there were signs of a cancerous tumor in my kidney. He originally trained in the Gurdjieff tradition, living bring a community led by Robert De Ropp. I share these antipathies, too, and prefer the empirical to the theoretical, beng he has so turned his back on it that the book does not feel organized. Mar 25, Vladimir rated it liked it. The Compass of Zen.

Bought as a gift for my friends who also practice. In fact, the essence of living authentically starts when we learn bfing relate to our fears in a new way. The goal of practice is not to shave off those conditioned responses, like barnacles off a ship–that’s impossible–but to become aware of them, so that they do not have so much power bqyda us Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life.

I found the chapters, ‘three aspects of sitting’ and ‘loving kindness meditation’ very clear and helpful. How to Cook Your Life. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. A helpful hint, read his three books in chronological order with this book first. Well, those people are us!