Think Like the Buddha

 

108 Days of Mindfulness

   
  by Victor M. Parachin
   

This book presents mindfulness teachings via 108 short insights or meditations. Unlike many books that “tell” about the subject, this one “shows” the reader with teaching stories how to put mindfulness into daily life.

Mindfulness is more than stress release, or mental focus. It cannot be separated from the ethical framework of Buddhism. Think Like the Buddha retains this ethical component of Buddhism from which mindfulness is derived. The stories and teachings here cover a wide variety of topics, from divorce, to illness, to losing a job, to determining a course of action. All these meditations are infused with the message of compassion that needs reinforcing day by day.

All too often we “forget” to be present. We neglect to be aware when eating, listening, speaking, working, studying, seeing the sunrise and the sunset, being with friends or sipping a cup of tea. As a result, we fail to live our lives to their fullest potential and experience the joy of living.

From the book:
Shunryu Suzuki was one of the most influential Zen teachers for Americans. One of his foundational principles was that every routine moment is an opportunity to learn and grow if we pay attention. One day, a student asked him why the Japanese made their teacups so thin and delicate that they broke easily. Suzuki’s response was that of a true Zen master: “It’s not that they’re too delicate, but that you don’t know how to handle them. You must adjust yourself to the environment and not vice versa.”

  View Bio Victor M. Parachin
   
232 pages
ISBN: 978-1-942493-61-7
paper, 5 x 7 inches

Available October 2020