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Kill Your Self: Life After Ego (Zen for Real Life, #1)

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No, this book doesn’t advocate suicide - it teaches something that takes a lot more courage: that we are always enlightened, and must take responsibility for realizing our enlightenment. It invites us to meet life on its own terms, wherever we are, whoever we are, right now, killing our false sense of self by seeing through it
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published 2011 by Sitting Frog Zen Center (first published September 1st 2009)
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Michael Bagnall
Feb 17, 2017 Michael Bagnall rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read on the subject of Ego and Zen. I'll start by saying I believe that you can learn many things from different people and different practices, and many of the practices discussed in this book are very relatable in a real-world sense to me. While likely not very useful for a Zen scholar, this offers some very interesting and real examples of situations you may find yourself in and things you might think and alternative ways to view them. I would recommend this book f ...more
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"You already are where you need to be, and already have what you need - because you already are the person you have always wished you could be."

“That’s because you want the map to show you where to go, but that’s not what maps do. What they do is show you where you are.”

"The law of karma is this: every action has a consequence. The action itself is called karma; the consequence of the action is called vipaka."

"As you go through your day, get in the habit of observing the interio
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Jennifer
This book would have benefited from some streamlined editing to string the essays together in a less repetitive manner. There were some good thoughts about compassion and detachment but I still struggle to understand why the ego gets such a bad rap in Buddhist philosophy. The gist is we're unhappy when we don't get what we want and we're unhappy when we do get what we want so the answer is to not want anything. There is truth there but good fucking luck with that.
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May 13, 2013 Ash Robjohns rated it really liked it
Easy to read and relate collection of real-life events and conversations from a Zen Buddhist. Some wonderful insights and self reflection moments contained within the words in this book. A joy to read.
Elizabeth
Mar 29, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A wonderful combination of bite-sized teachings and longer, expansive sections that explore topics in greater detail. Dogo Barry Graham has a direct and compassionate approach to his teachings. This was one of the most accessible and personally relevant Zen resource I've ever discovered.
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Graham does a great job of explaining zen to western readers. I will be re-reading this book multiple times.
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Dogo Barry Graham is a novelist, journalist, poet and Zen Buddhist monk. His novels are set in his native Scotland, or in the U.S., where he lived for more than 20 years. His articles have been published in magazines and newspapers including Harper's, Salon, Flaunt, Parabola, The Big Click, Narratively, Nerve, The Arizona Republic and Scotland on Sunday. He is the teacher of The City Cave Zen Sang ...more
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