If Youre Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life James Ishmael Ford

ISBN: 9781614290391

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196 pages


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If Youre Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life  by  James Ishmael Ford

If Youre Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life by James Ishmael Ford
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The book has a casually warm and friendly tone that will appeal to wide variety of readers.Drawing on sources as diverse as the Bible and comedian Emo Phillips, Ford reflects on his more than four decades walking the Path—and the Big Questions askedMoreThe book has a casually warm and friendly tone that will appeal to wide variety of readers.Drawing on sources as diverse as the Bible and comedian Emo Phillips, Ford reflects on his more than four decades walking the Path—and the Big Questions asked and answered (in his words: “sort of”).

He examines the nature of Awakening and what it means to work toward it—helping us see, in the words of one chapter title, “Some of What Zen Practice Is, and a Little of What It Isn’t”- he offers a wise perspective on the nature of spiritual directors and enormously helpful counsel on “What to Look for When Looking for a Teacher”- and give us a seasoned look at the core practices of Zen (shikantaza and koan study) within the key principles of not knowing and “sitting down, shutting up, and paying attention.”This book explores the always fascinating issues of karma and rebirth from the deconstructing perspective of Zen—in a way that will find resonance with both conservatives and the vast audience of Stephen Batchelor’s Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist.And perhaps most significantly, the last section of the book takes a fresh and nuanced look at the Buddhist Ethical Precepts—which Ford frames as “Seven Suggestions.” There are comparatively few books on this topic, and this one will find wide audience both within the Zen world and beyond.



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