Throw open the gate to the Original Frontier of your creative mind discovered by Buddha, handed down to successive generations through India, China, and Japan, and now to America, in this age of increasing uncertainty. A new, refreshing approach lays out the ancient secrets of the irreducibly simple method of Zen meditation, in easily accessible terms and digestible bites. Ranging from how Zen differs from popular meditations, to designing a contemporary Zen life, and including workarounds for all your excuses. Based on sound principles of direct sensory immersion, simply sitting still enough for long enough, this user’s manual for Zen is presented step by step, encompassing personal dimensions of practice, as well as social implications for yourself and others. Zen enables you to embrace ambiguity in daily life, and to enjoy benefits to your health and happiness. Zen is always contemporary, and holds the key to surviving, and thriving, in trying times.
Michael Elliston has enjoyed a robust career in the creative professions: fine art; graphic arts; product design development and consumer research; marketing, planning and design. He was also a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus. He continues consulting in a variety of areas of innovation with emerging hi-tech companies. Michael began training as a Zen priest in the 1960s, underwent ordination, and founded the Atlanta Soto Zen Center in the 1970s. He is currently Abbot and guiding teacher of one of the largest and most active networks of Zen centers for lay practitioners in the United States and Canada.

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