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THE KOAN OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
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Most Recent Book by Brenda Shoshanna
(Instructions on Becoming Fully Alive)
"Koans are such powerful medicine, they must not be ignored. These ancient dilemmas, questions and stories coming from the world of Zen hold a key to transforming suffering and seeing life with new eyes."
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Life presents inscrutable challenges daily that are impossible to figure out. In the world of Zen, these ancient dilemmas and questions were called koans. They cannot be answered in the usual way. And yet a response must be made! Your very life depends on it.
ZEN PLAY connects these ancient koans with your everyday life. It shows how daily dilemmas are none other than koans that life is presenting to you now. In the book you will discover the Zen way of working with koans, and how to approach your challenges that way as well. As you stop trying to figure things out and jump into Zen Play you will gain access to the enormous riches, wisdom and joy within. Then what you have previously viewed as a problem will become an adventure, bringing aliveness and strength. Along with anecdotes and discussion, there are specific guidelines and enjoyable exercises which allows you to apply the material directly to your everyday life.
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"Brenda's Zen work is a good place to begin, to begin again and to never finish. Those searching for the "Way will find there is no such thing. But much more, Brenda's book is delightful. Those suffering from "frozen attention" will laugh at ourselves."
Fr. Robert Kennedy Roshi, Founder Morningstar Zen
"Brenda Shoshanna's book, Zen Play, is a brilliant gem, the grace and precision of turning problems into koans keeps us spellbound. Koans like, "Find Your Precious Jewel," remind us to stop looking outside for what can only be found within. And, "Drink A Cup of Green Tea," restores us to beautiful simplicity and clarity, which ignites our spirit of aliveness. I've read it from the first page to the last, love it, and highly recommend it."
Michiko J. Rolek, Author, Life coach, Great granddaughter of Sokei-an Shigestsu Sassaki, First Zen Patriarch of the West.
"Brenda Shoshanna is one of the most innovative and provacative Buddhist thinkers in the United States today. In Zen Play she provides a compelling new approach to traditional koan study - one that offers the reader the opportunity to turn his or her whole life into a koan. Written in a simple yet evocative style and filled with timeless wisdom, Zen Play is a work that will appeal to both newcomes to Zen as well as those seeking to deepen their understanding of koan practice."
Michael S. Russo, Ph.d., Professor of Philosophy, Molloy College
To find out more or join a workshop, contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org