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Being Upright
Being Upright:
Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts

Reb Anderson
ISBN 1-930485-01-8 | $16.95
paperback | 256 pages | 6" X 9"
About the Book
 
Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why shoud we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in buddha, dharma, and sangha?
 
Then Anderson Roshi explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.
 
Anderson Roshi writes with courage and honesty about his own personal journey, and gives us important glimpses into the history of Zen in America. His stories abut his teacher Suzuki Roshi, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, are so poignant and deeply felt that they will burn themselves into your memory.
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