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Idiot's Guides: Zen Living by Domyo Sater Burk

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CHAPTER23

Mastering the Art of Living

In This Chapter

  • Opening up to more intimacy in your life
  • Learning to respond from your true self
  • Discovering the best work you can do in the world
  • Helping others as a natural outcome of practice
  • Keeping your aspirations high but grounded

This chapter is about taking your mastery of the art of living to the next level: actively participating in the world, grounded in your Zen practice. The importance of doing this is illustrated by the classic Zen image of the enlightened sage coming out of the monastery or forest where he has trained, and “returning to the marketplace.” This sage, if he is truly a sage, ...

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