Meditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian

“As in mindfulness practice, each moment of practicing awakened awareness offers a choice-point:

Do I allow myself to become distracted and get seduced back into the drama?

Or do I choose the openness, clarity, disidentification, and freedom that I discovered but keep forgetting?”
― Stephan Bodian

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“Ultimately, your every desire—the desire for material things, relationships, career success, sexual gratification—is really the desire for the peace you experience for brief moments when you attain the object of your desire.”
― Stephan Bodian, 

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Stephan Bodian is a teacher, writer, licensed psychotherapist, and former Zen monk who has been illuminating the path to spiritual awakening for more than 40 years.

His approach integrates Eastern and Western elements with his own direct experience. He is the founder and director of the School for Awakening, 

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Everyday Zen

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Life always gives us
exactly the teacher we need
at every moment.
This includes every mosquito,
every misfortune,
every red light,
every traffic jam,
every obnoxious supervisor (or employee),
every illness, every loss,
every moment of joy or depression,
every addiction,
every piece of garbage,
every breath.

Every moment is the guru.”
― Charlotte Joko Beck

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Most of our difficulties, our hopes, and our worries are empty fantasies.

Nothing has ever existed except this moment. That’s all there is. That’s all we are.

Yet most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.

We think about what has happened to us, what might have happened, how we feel about it, how we should be different, how others should be different, how it’s all a shame, and on and on; it’s all fantasy, all imagination.

Memory is imagination. Every memory that we stick to devastates our life.”
― Charlotte Joko Beck, 

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Charlotte Joko Beck was an American Zen teacher, founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, and author of Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen.

She is remembered for teaching her students to work with the emotions of everyday life, rather than attempting to escape them, and produced many Dharma heirs who are practicing psychologists and psychiatrists.

She passed away in 2011, at the age of 94.

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The Idea of Zen

“The Idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows. There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen.

I raise my hand ; I take a book from the other side of the desk ; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighbouring wood: — in all these I am practising Zen, I am living Zen.

No wordy discussions is necessary, nor any explanation. I do not know why — and there is no need of explaining, but when the sun rises the whole world dances with joy and everybody’s heart is filled with bliss.

If Zen is at all conceivable, it must be taken hold of here.”
― D.T. Suzuki, 

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”
― Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, 

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, A Zen philosopher and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

He is considered to be the person who single-handedly introduced Zen Buddhism to the West.

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Way of Zen Masters

Do not ask me where I am going ? , As I travel in this limitless world , Where every step I take is my home. ― Dōgen

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. ― Dōgen

“If there are fish that would swim or birds that would fly only after investigating the entire ocean or sky, they would find neither path nor place.” ― Dōgen

“If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.” ― Dogen Zenji

Dōgen, also called Jōyō Daishi, or Kigen Dōgen, (born Jan. 19, 1200 , Kyoto,  Japan—died Sept. 22, 1253, Kyōto), leading Japanese Buddhist during the Kamakura Period  (1192–1333), who introduced ZEN to JAPAN in the form of the SOTO School (Chinese: Ts’ao-tung). A creative personality, he combined meditative practice and philosophical speculation.

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Inner light of wisdom

Enlightenment is the ” Inner light of wisdom ” that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance,

and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.     

Kelsang Gyatso

Learning to cherish others is the best solution to our daily problems, and it is the source of all our future happiness and good fortune.

Kelsang Gyatso

Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.

Kelsang Gyatso

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The Founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism , Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,  a world-renowned meditation master  has touched the hearts of countless people around the world and inspired them to set out on a blissful journey to lasting happiness and inner peace.

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Evolutionary Enlightenment

In an evolutionary context, the goal of the spiritual life is not peace; it’s perpetual development.

Evolutionary Enlightenment is about the Ecstasy that compels us to create the future. And it’s not a future that’s going to unfold by itself while we go back to sleep.

It’s a future that we forge the hard way through direct, conscious, intentional engagement with the life-process itself.

Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, and the founder of Evolutionary Enlightenment.

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