Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man's Best Friend (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/5/4
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Sheila the Zen Dog encourages usBuddhists and non-Buddhists aliketo find peace through letting go of attachments and learning to be in the moment. Whether pondering the merits of barking versus receiving tummy rubs, considering the similarities between police dogs and show dogs, or sharing secrets of doggie dreams, Sheila uses her natural dog wisdom, haiku poetry, and simple explanations to fetch and deliver a clear and useful summary of Zen Buddhist teachings. Often dubbed The Middle Path, Buddhism as explained by this Zen Dog offers guidance to anyone, regardless of breed.
Tim Macejak began practicing Zen in the early 1980s and has alter¬nated between formal practice at Zen Centers and an informal at-home practice. He currently is co-leader of a Buddhist meditation group at the Anamosa Men's Reformatory and a member of the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. He is an employee of the United States Postal Service and a dog lover. He lives in Anamosa, Iowa, with his wife, Teresa.
In short, this poetry book takes the teachings of Buddism and outlines the principles from a dog's point of view. The comparisons that are made are meaningful and plain, much like the teachings themselves, allowing the reader to decide how to interpret their meaning, if one should be implied, or if meaning need not apply.
So yeah. If you like dog haiku and a daily dose of zen, this book is for you. Cat lovers are welcome to read also.
I finished this book by Tim and Sheila the Zen Dog in one sitting ... er ... not sitting as in zazen ... Anyway, it was a quick read! I loved it. In fact, I bought all copies, available at the time, and gave to family and friends. As you can see from the above, even Lucy, a Chicaaago dog (of sort) liked it, too!
Tim's delightful -- and often LOL -- snippets weave fundamental Buddhist ideas with practical, common, everyday situations into an authentic and beautiful tapestry to enjoy over and over again. I know, you're thinking dogs playing poker. Not exactly. The clever, clear writing is sprinkled with entertaining illustrations. Despite this, don't mistake this book as appropriate for children without guidance. Instead, use it to highlight the now-ness in simple everyday life with your children (or adults and other sentient beings). The book is simply a delight!
It is a quick, easy read with delightful pictures. And it is a wonderful introduction to Buddhism. I learned enough reading to wet my appetite. Now I am interested in learning more.
I recommend this book to everyone seeking some enlightenment. It is the perfect exposure to a new way of thinking and living.
Tim Macejak and Sheila the Zen Dog have written a little gem of a book for the beginning Zen practitioner, the experienced sitter, or just people curious as to what that Zen stuff is all about.
My first reaction: Maybe in the famous ninth century Chinese Zen koan, the nameless monk should have asked legendary Master Zhaozhou if he had dog nature (instead of the actual inquiry, as to whether or not a dog had Buddha nature)! Then the answer "Wu!" sounding like "woof!" would have been really funny.
Indeed, we all should be more like our dogs. To paraphrase and then modify one of my favorite Zen scholars (T. Cleary), if Zen is the essence of Buddhism, and freedom is the essence of Zen, then sentient beings such as Sheila are the embodiment - and indeed essence - of the freedom found in every moment.
One of the strengths of this work is its simplicity of its message, yet it is comprehensive in the sense that the author"s" cover fundamental, important concepts such as the Four Noble Truths and even a very short synopsis of the Eightfold Path for achieving awakening to the joy found in the moment. Yet, Sheila gets this intuitively - she doesn't have to be told to roll onto her back for a tummy rub or to catch some rays after a full meal - as she just does what she does.
In those moments, Tim's canine disciple finds the joy of living we all could find, should we just focus on the razor's edge of now, dropping the past and not worrying about even the next moment. That next instant will come of itself, and who knows what awaits - maybe a snack, an afternoon nap, or a chance to playfully taunt the neighborhood feral tomcat.
I highly recommend this book.