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The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear par [Bayda, Ezra]
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"Bayda writes with exceptional clarity and simplicity about the awakened life.  He has a gift for describing ‘ordinary mind,’ or the customary thoughts, feelings, and experiences of everyday life. His style is as plainspoken as Pema Chödrön’s. He deserves membership in the ranks of respected meditation teacher-authors.”—Publishers Weekly

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Ever feel like your efforts to live a life of wisdom, honesty, and compassion are hijacked by, well, life? Take heart. Ezra Bayda has good news: life’s challenges aren’t obstacles to our path—they are the path. Understanding that liberates us to use every aspect of what life presents us with as a way to live with integrity and authenticity—and joy.

In this, as in all his books, Ezra’s teaching is Zen made wonderfully practical, in a way that can apply to anyone’s life. Meditation is the foundation, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s about learning to take the practice of presence we cultivate in meditation to all the rest of our complicated lives. Doing that empowers us to navigate our journey with the integrity and authenticity that are what a satisfying life are all about.

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  • Editeur : Shambhala (8 avril 2014)
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37 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An important read for frustrated meditators. 17 juin 2014
Par Dustin G. Rhodes - Publié sur
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On one hand, nearly every Buddhist book I have ever purchased and read--which is a lot, might I add, over the past 20 years--is essentially the same; that is to say, at the heart, there's always a similar message. The main difference being: can the teacher actually write (or, in many cases, can the editor translate a talk well)? There are some Buddhist books which I have found indispensable; I've read them over and over again. Some I can barely get through.

My. Bayda is a good writer, clear and uncomplicated; he isn't fixated on Buddhist terminology and I think his teachings are accessible to anyone, regardless of one's practices or path. If you've read Pema Chodron, Charlotte Joko Beck, Barry Magid and other contemporary Buddhist teachers, Mr. Bayda's writing style will be familiar.

I have read all of Mr. Bayda's books and, for the most part, I've found all of them useful. This one, for me at least, is a stand out because it's helpful in course-correcting a personal weakness: getting lost and giving up. I have been an on-again, off again meditator for the past 20 years; I have sporadically attended Buddhist centers and adhered to the practices. Yet, I always eventually get frustrated and give up (temporarily) -- precisely for the reasons that Mr. Bayda discusses so eloquently in this book. While I am not convinced he has anything brand new to say on the subject, I found his insight more direct and accessible than many other teachers writing on the same subject. Mr. Bayda, in my opinion, specializes in taking what happens on the mat, and in the mind, and applying it to the proverbial real world -- which is messy, complicated, confusing, irritating and sometimes outrageously beautiful. He teaches as someone who has really lived.

Sometimes "spiritual books" can really get in the way of practicing; they offer idealized views of what practice is supposed to look like, and give the voice in one's head another reason to berate ourselves: "I am not doing this right"; "there's no use, I give up," etc., ad nauseum. Not this book. Instead, it shows how the obstacles are universal, and how we can skillfully work with them -- including seeing the obstacles as the path itself. The book is a map that, in addition to showing the path, shows the many obstacles along the way -- offering suggestions for how to work with them, rather than avoiding them altogether (because that's not possible).

Find yourself frustrated with meditation? Ready to give up? This book is for us.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Long on content, short on woo woo 25 septembre 2014
Par Ann Kiyoko Chung - Publié sur
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Perhaps no writer expresses more succinctly and without frills what it means to live a life of spiritual practice than Ezra Bayda. As in his other books, Bayda avoids familiar (and potentially ambiguous) spiritual catch phrases and terminology while outlining in simple language a praxis for living what he terms the authentic life. A good book for beginning and experienced meditators alike.

"Authentic" is a loaded term itself, and when I first got the book I looked to see if Bayda had attempted to define it. He did not. As I read further, I realized that an authentic life might be better understood through what it is not, and really it is best understood through our own experiences with whatever life throws at us and how we react to it. Throughout, Bayda discusses the countless ways we try distract, divert, fix and control our lives, always returning to the primacy of the role of our direct experience, whatever it may be, however much we don't want to look at it, in moving on from a life governed by our unacknowledged fears. Bayda pulls no punches: this is not easy, and he never glosses over or romanticizes the realities of meditation practice. At one point he writes, "To live most authentically, we need to learn to fear our complacency far more than we fear our discomfort and distress," words that made me uneasy, but also hopeful.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Genuine and Comforting 29 avril 2014
Par patrick - Publié sur
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This book speaks more directly to me than any other Buddhist work I’ve read in the past thirty five years. The descriptions of the experience of illness and eminent loss and more importantly the guidance offered in dealing with these experiences is a great comfort to me. Many, many thanks to the author.

This will stay on my Kindle nightstand along with Shunryu Suzuki, Joko Beck, Pema Chodron and Stephen Levine.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great introduction to Zen philosophy 6 décembre 2016
Par Thierry - Publié sur
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What I really enjoyed about this book was how practical it was, and how the author used everyday situations as examples and how to relate to them in a Zen way. His use of personal examples from his own life was helpful as well and how he expresses zen philosophy was very clear and easy to understand. Putting it into use on a daily basis, not so easy. For most of us, for sure. So used to reacting to things in our world, it does take some time to slow down enough to truly see things from a not obstructed place.
I found that I could take just one idea from the book at a time and apply it to a personal situation and gain insight from the advice presented. A great introduction to zen from a good writer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I highly recommend this book for anyone that's interested in a better ... 15 octobre 2014
Par Richard H - Publié sur
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My heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Bayda for writing this book. I've read a lot of books on Buddhism and Eastern philosophy over the years. The thing that I found most extraordinary about this one was that It kept drawing me read each paragraph again and again. With each new reading there was another layer of profound depth and understanding.... a different and valuable way of approaching the teaching. I found the book to be very approachable and yet insightful for even the seasoned meditator. I highly recommend this book for anyone that's interested in a better understanding of themselves in the greater context of life and what it means to be an authentic human being.
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