Book “A Way To Live – ZEN”

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Zen is not a religion, it is a philosophy.
Zen does not believe in fairy tales, supreme beings, or heaven.
This blog is concerned with wisdom, and positive growth and change.
It asserts living in the now and reality.

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NYU Course

As a master teacher, Zen Buddhist layman, and mentor, I have been invited to teach a course at New York University based on the book, A Way to Live – Zen. The lecture series is the same name as the textbook. (Scroll down for book series info) The course offers an alternate way of seeing reality and living the life you want to live. I appreciate this opportunity to share some of the Zen teachings and health improvements with everyone.
This course is a Zen collection of essential advice organized around meditation, attitude, mindfulness, wellness, and the components of achieving physical and mental health. Zen is a philosophy that when internalized and practiced successfully, acts as a vehicle to enhance your potential, focus your energy, and create a solid center for your existence.
Using the Zen philosophy, we learn we have to continually move toward a stature that allows us to grow, become centered, improve, and gain success. When you are centered, you are strong, and the waves of life flow around you rather than break over you. When you sign up, you will only receive two emails a month.
Mel Hantz, Motivational Lecturer, Teacher of the Year, UFT. NYC.

A Way To Live - Zen

I wrote a book called A WAY TO LIVE- ZEN. I asked my webmaster/graphic designer to design the book, the website, and the book jacket. I told her that I wanted to subtly incorporate an elegant animated green butterfly, the ancient symbol of life, effect into the cover and site.
Since we must be the change to change the world and the change starts from within, and then influences everyone we meet and touch, A WAY TO LIVE- ZEN, seemed to me a personification of the butterfly effect. To those of you who are not familiar with the expression the butterfly effect, it is when the butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world and catalyzes a windstorm on the other side of the globe. I wanted the readers of the book, through my intentionality, to experience an energetic push and positive
effect that could literally reverberate universally. This Zen theme permeates my existence and all my artwork especially my sculpture. The knots that have manifested in my art are a metaphor for life and the casting method is both transitional and produces an aesthetic sympathetic resonance.

My graphic designer did a clean excellent design and incorporated butterflies using concentric circles in the cover and dancing butterflies in the site. Zen can work as an extraordinary focused energy, transcending space and time, which has the potential to influence our multi-connected system of which we are all an inseparable part. Perhaps A WAY TO LIVE – ZEN cannot fix the world, but it might act as a Band-Aid in the meantime to help it heal.

Book Series Description (click here for buy info)

A key to obtaining Wisdom, Health, Wealth and Happiness.
A Way to Live – Zen combines aspects of many categories with the added caveat of stressing the practical. It is not a “pure” book in the sense that it makes no attempt to adhere to a strict philosophy and it eclectically uses many different sources and attempts to incorporate these wisdoms into overlapping categories, chapters, and aphorisms while still attempting to be true to the proprieties of Zen.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Once the word was out that I was collecting sayings and koans, friends, well wishes, relatives, neighbors, lovers, acquaintances, and other writers and artists sent me their favorite writings. With some, I was able to ascertain the general source and have listed it in the bibliography. I apologize for any expressions that were gleaned without permission. But it is a daunting and impossible task to research the immense number of sayings, adages, proverbs, treatises, aphorisms, sutras, dictums, and maxims used throughout this book, taught over years and decades, in use in thousands of commentaries, articles, books and in the ancient and general lexicon. As a teacher, Zen advocate, and lifelong student, even though I believe in intellectual copyrights, I must allow anyone who wishes to take limited quotes from my book to do so. How can we change the world for the better if we do not share our learning and give of our intellect and ourselves? Satoru

Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Life is Action Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985407808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985407803
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches

10 thoughts on “Book “A Way To Live – ZEN”

  1. Nice to meet you, Hal! I hope you enjoyed the gallery. Welcome to Jax Beach, enjoy the peace and quiet!

  2. We need more inspiration like this in Jacksonville Beach. A pleasure meeting you here at Oceans Edge tonight.

  3. Hi Mel. Sara from The Bearded Pig here. Thank you for the opportunity to sign up form your blog. I look forward to receiving them
    See you soon

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