This is not a religious blog; it is a spiritual blog.
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.
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, correct thinking 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.
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Mel Hantz, Motivational Lecturer, Teacher of the year, UFT. NYC.
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.
About the Author
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Samurai Zen Books (March 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985407808
- ISBN-13: 978-0985407803
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches