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Zen In The Age Of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating Our Modern Lives

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Author: Tim Burkett
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BIC Subject: Zen Buddhism
 
Published: 18-Jun-2018
Format: Paperback, 160 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781611804867
Stock Code: 1804867
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An ancient Buddhist proverb says, Sickness and medicine heal each other. Tim Burkett would agree and offer his own resonant proverb, Because there is wounding and splintering there is suturing and healing. Wounding and healing are innate aspects of being human, he declares, and understanding the relationship between them is the key to a peaceful heart and purpose-driven life. Medicine and sickness heal each other means that the path to a peaceful heart does not lie outside the anxiety we seek to escape--but rather leads through the center of it.
Burkett provides wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many other experiences of psychotherapy and life) for first identifying the problems of pain and anxiety particularly where they most strongly manifest for modern people--in stuff like money, self-worth, sex, success vs. failure, and so forth. He then shows how if we understand our essentially undivided nature, it becomes clear that healing these negative states is effected only by going into them--not assailing them as though there were a solid me capable of eradicating them through assault. Each of the ten chapters ends with a section called Doing the Work, which consists of three or four questions and/or meditative exercises. This section brings home the main points of the chapter, applying them directly to the reader's own life situations.An ancient Buddhist proverb says, Sickness and medicine heal each other. Tim Burkett would agree and offer his own resonant proverb, Because there is wounding and splintering there is suturing and healing. Wounding and healing are innate aspects of being human, he declares, and understanding the relationship between them is the key to a peaceful heart and purpose-driven life. Medicine and sickness heal each other means that the path to a peaceful heart does not lie outside the anxiety we seek to escape--but rather leads through the center of it.
Burkett provides wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many other experiences of psychotherapy and life) for first identifying the problems of pain and anxiety particularly where they most strongly manifest for modern people--in stuff like money, self-worth, sex, success vs. failure, and so forth. He then shows how if we understand our essentially undivided nature, it becomes clear that healing these negative states is effected only by going into them--not assailing them as though there were a solid me capable of eradicating them through assault. Each of the ten chapters ends with a section called Doing the Work, which consists of three or four questions and/or meditative exercises. This section brings home the main points of the chapter, applying them directly to the reader's own life situations.
TIM BURKETT, PhD, is Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a licensed psychologist and former director of a large mental health agency. He was a student of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and later of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, in whose lineage he is a dharma heir.
 
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