Living Everyday Zen

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Beyond the meditation cushion, where do you ultimately find the profound clarity, presence, and simple joy of Zen? "Where it has always been - in everyday life," teaches Charlotte Joko Beck, "whether it's raising our kids, working in the office, or even cleaning the house." On Living Everyday Zen, this seminal voice in American Zen shares some of her hallmark teachings and insights from nearly 50 years of practice. Beck's ability to make the abstract concrete and accessible for anyone who engages in the practice distinguishes her from most other Zen teachers.

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  • The Masked Reviewer
  • 17/09/2017

Everyday Zen

Beck was one of the best Zen teachers in American Zen and is known for not playing into the whole Zen Master scam. Easy to listen to. Human. Actually enlightened. And probably the antidote for most of the Buji Zen fluff and poseur teachers who preen their self images endlessly.

Really, their are no frills here, despite the bits of shakuhachi intermezzos...just a boring old Zen practice talk about living mindfully and failing constantly.

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  • Eddie L Brown
  • 11/10/2016

A remarkable lady

though she is now gone she will never be forgotten. this recording of her Dharma talks illustrates the remarkable teacher she was. these talks really give an insight to how she views the world. I am so thankful to have found them.

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  • Me-I
  • 19/11/2018

good until I know better

I liked it, I felt it was exactly what I needed now, but I'm still trying to figure out some things, you can say she showed me a path, I'm just not sure yet that this is "the path" but it was a good listen.

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  • Seppo Nurmi
  • 22/08/2016

Very Practicable

These are Zen teachings that fit North American culture given in a Western voice. One feels that one is listening within this intimate group of practitioners.

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  • Louis D.
  • 30/11/2019

One is not two, and two is not one.

One of the more confounding aspects of zen practice for Westerners is the consistent dichotomy and essential paradox woven into the teachings. Not because of a deliberate attempt to confuse-though one might think so, but because paradox is a necessary quality of the mind---and the brain, our experience is everything and nothing simultaneously.

Joko Beck was a westerner, a child of the sixties, and one of the original people to bring zen to North America and to make correlations to psychology and mindfulness. In not trying so hard to sound "zen" and relating the practice to every day "western" phenomena--she does an excellent job of essentializing zen and a terrible job at enlivening and vivifying our practice. Joko would say that if you need "enlivening practice, of vivifying--that is not practice. And she'd be right. However, we are responsible for our practice, and it's best to pay attention when we do not relate to or "like" an individual style of teaching. In Zen, there is also a notion that this "not liking the teacher" is a good sign!

I suggest Zen Mind, Beginner Mind narrated by Peter Coyote, or Kaz Tanahashi's book on Dogen. Zen doesn't have to be stripped of color or watered down to achieve "Zen." Indeed Maezumi Roshi, who is her lineage teacher, from who she broke retains joyfulness and bodhicitta and avoids the rambling, drowning tonality that some may very much appreciate, but from which others may feel nothing.

That is the practice--some good, some not so good.

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  • John
  • 04/06/2018

This is not the Zen you are looking for…

Heed the warning given in the first few minutes of the recording that the speaker will ramble. Ramble she does, but so slowly that listening at x1.5 speed sounds normal. The first "chapter" of these lecture recordings was more than enough time wasted for this listener.

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  • 27/11/2018

Worthwhile and accessible.

A good, plain spoken guide to zen meditation. I found it useful and like the narrator's voice.

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