By dipping into this little book of simple Zen Buddhist sayings, you can calm your anxiety and return serenity to your soul.
Are you feeling stress and anxiety from the demands of daily life? Do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list and the constant deluge of information from all quarters? Are you unhappy with your life and envious of those around you? At times like these it's important to step back and take a breath.
Zen meditation may conjure up images of sitting in silence for long hours, but according to Buddhist monk and author Shinsuke Hosokawa, Zen can be summed up as "the knowledge needed for a person to live life with a positive outlook." With this in mind, he has produced this charmingly illustrated collection of thoughts and sayings to help you live life with less stress and anxiety.The sayings include:
- Pay attention to what is right in front of your eyes
- Nothing happens by chance. Every encounter has its meaning
- Be careful not to confuse the means and the purpose
- Keep flowing just like water
- Nothing will control you
- Even a bad day is a good day
- Check the ground beneath your feet when you're in trouble
- You'll never walk alone
These 52 mindful sayings mirror the 52 steps traditionally taken to achieve Buddhist enlightenment, and they also coincide with the 52 weeks of the year—passing through the seasons, both in the natural world and our lives. Each page has an illustration and a simple, meditative reflection to help you see into your own heart, accept your current state of being, reduce anxiety and find peace.
Whatever the time of year, whatever your time of life, by browsing the pages of this book you are sure to quickly find a piece of universal wisdom that will resonate with your soul.
Shinsuke Hosokawa, born in 1979, is the chief priest of Ryuun-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Tokyo. After graduating from Bukkyo University in Kyoto, a school for nurturing the Buddhist spirit, he embarked on a nine-year period of ascetic training with the Rinzai School Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto. He has been in his current position as the chief priest of Ryu-un-ji since 2013. His late grandfather was the renowned Zen Buddhist priest Taido Matsubara. His activities range from publishing Zen-related books to coaching actors who appear as Zen monks in TV dramas.
Official website of Ryuun-ji Temple: http://ryuun-ji.or.jp
"A gentle introduction to Zen wisdom that feels like a breath of fresh air in a bamboo forest." —Hector Garcia, author oflkigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
"Shinsuke Hosokawa has distilled centuries of Zen wisdom into 52 accessible aphorisms. They serve as guideposts, not only for Zen students, but for anyone who wants to lead a fuller life." —Ken Kushner, author ofOne Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, Enlightenment
"This beautifully crafted book conveys Zen philosophy in a poetic and sensitive way, gently guiding the reader along wisdom's path…If we gaze within our hearts while letting go, we will release our concerns and find happiness."—C. Alexander Simpkins, co-author with Annellen M. Simpkins ofSimple Buddhism: A Guide To Enlightened Living
"The wisdom of Zen is practical and intimate, opening our hearts and revealing a new life right where we stand. The 52 Zen sayings presented by Shinsuke Hosokawa in this charming book…directly point to this wisdom, and will help you to know it for yourself." —Meido Moore, author ofThe Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
"…a book that makes you feel happier just by holding it…Whether you need encouragement, direction or simply some friendly advice, it's a book you can return to again and again." —The Japan Times
"The advice is simple yet powerful. It is the perfect book to help you through the tough days and to find more joy in the positive ones!" —Crafty Moms Share blog
"Hosokawa writes like a kindly grandparent, giving his words a soothing quality…The drawings accompanying the prose-poetic page layouts evoke the simplicity he champions throughout the book…This is not a daunting, in-depth text but rather an easy, accessible book that anyone can enjoy, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof." —Booklist