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Zen Driving

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Be a Buddha behind the wheel of your automobile.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 12th 1988 by Ballantine Books
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Feb 06, 2008 Charissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: drivers who annoy me
Recommended to Charissa by: Derek DeWitt, bastard extraordinaire
I was given this book as a joke way back in the 80s by my friend Derek. Derek was the kind of guy that, when most people met him, usually people said, "Wow, what an asshole!". But if you could get past his usual abrasive personality and predeliction for scathing reparte, Derek was a great friend; at times very soulful... almost always funny. So he gave this book to me after hearing the story of how, at age 16, I had driven the white 1967 Pontiac Bonneville stationwagon I had been given for Chris ...more
May 29, 2014 Bethany rated it liked it
Shelves: other-nonfiction
I figured I should pick this up since I recently moved back to Los Angeles after two years of living car free. This little book is surprisingly good and useful, packed with both vague zen-isms ("no seeing is seeing" etc.) as well as useful visualization and mental techniques (buckle the car onto yourself as an extension of your body. Awareness, experience, acceptance, and assertion. Know that all is one, including cars and traffic which are as natural as anything else on earth) to think about. M ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Molly rated it it was ok
It's not like it was long, but I couldn't get through this... really, this was a tad impractical. It literally said, "alright, now go get in your car." So... am I supposed to be reading this book while I drive? How can an instructional book walk you through driving- you kind of need to pay attention, right? Maybe I'm just not as open to zen and meditation as I'd like, or maybe it was his assertion that men are always better drivers than women that turned me off early. (yeah, he says that)
Jan 31, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No longer onerous driving now is pleasurable.

Open road open mind. Suggests how driving may lead to a fuller appreciation of Zen. Practicing moving meditation becomes a way of relieving the anxiety associated with driving.
Jan 18, 2016 E rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, buddhism
Did not get as much out of this as I'd hoped to. Like nearly all Buddhist books I've come across, it's not very friendly to the beginner. Still, being more mindful while driving is a concept just about anyone can understand, so there's that.
Nov 04, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Valuable premise - using driving as an introduction to non-duality, removing imagined separateness from experience and instead exercising pure awareness devoid of judgments, opinions, etc. that pull you away from the simple act of moving down the road.
Feb 18, 2016 Bethany rated it it was ok
I thought this book might be helpful in regards to my driving anxiety but it really wasn't. Oh well. Back to the drawing board
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