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Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha

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Poet and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan's 'Buddha in Blue Jeans' is an extremely short, simple, and straight forward universal guide to the practice of sitting quietly and being yourself, which is the same as being Buddha. Sitting quietly can teach many ways to accept life, meet pain, age gracefully, and die without regret. The book encourages sitting quietly every day.

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Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published October 26th 2011 by Poet Poppy Press
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Sudhir Waghmode As per yoga philosophy or Buddhism, past impressions (samskaras) cannot be erased. But they can be diluted with good deeds. Seating practice can help …moreAs per yoga philosophy or Buddhism, past impressions (samskaras) cannot be erased. But they can be diluted with good deeds. Seating practice can help you to make your mind unconstrained and helps to free from conditions. I feel meditating on any ideas is a better way to free from it.(less)

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Jokoloyo
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is a very short poem book about (Zen) meditation. There are deeper meanings in poems that could be perceived when you have some mindfulness meditation practices.

The ebook is available for free in www.taisheridan.com.
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K.J. Colt
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Ah, the beauty of simplicity. You will learn this sitting quietly ;-)
Susanne
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Short but great with a lot of inspiration. I downloaded it for free to my kindle and I would recommend everyone to do so. I read it in a few minutes and I will read it over and over to remind myself to be a loving compassionate human.. I hope it also inspired me to get back into the habit of meditation. Truly great!
Hákon Gunnarsson
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zen, poetry
I found this free on Amazon, and it is one of those books that I'm glad I've found. Like the title explains this is a short book, or rather a booklet, and it takes just a few minutes to read it, but it is still well worth it. I've read it a few times already.

It is in not an introduction to Buddhism. Tai Sheridan is basically just using poems to teach how to sit down and be quiet. That may not sound profound, but it can help calm the mind. And I find it beautiful in its simplicity.
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Anne
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a very short book, but very much worth reading. I will go back to it over and over. I found it free for Kindle on Amazon (It's also available in paperback, but not free). If you do one thing this month, read this book. It may change your life. ...more
Phillip
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very nice book of things to meditate on.
Robyn
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, kindle, health
Free on Kindle. If you have any way of reading Kindle books and find yourself doing much complaining, do yourself and everyone else a favor and download this, then give it some real time. At least as much time as you normally put into verbalizing your unhappiness with your life. For Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, there is no willing person who will not get something meaningful from this 31 page book made up of very short snippets that can be read in less than a minute each but meditated on f ...more
Jennifer
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've had my eye on this book for a while. I finally ordered it last week. I received it today and finished it today. I was expecting a short book, not a short pamphlet. Nonetheless, it served it's purpose. I'm not sure I would have been able to appreciate this had I not read other books that discuss Buddhism and zen practices in depth. I plan to put this book to the test and see how others perceive this text and what it means to them. ...more
Siska
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
simple, beautiful, highly recommended for beginners....
Janelle
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is exactly what the title says. But, it is also so much more. It contained a lot of simple answers to questions/problems I've had with meditating. It has already enriched my practice. ...more
Hritik Raj
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
every world is filled with immense beauty, simplicity, and truth.
Lauren Zalewski
Jun 12, 2021 rated it liked it
A little gem that serves as a beautiful reminder.

Mindfulness at its finest. A beautiful way to remind ourselves to accept the abundance of life and live each moment without judgment….even while living with pain.

Took me 5 minutes to read.
Vaishnavi Devshatwar
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can ( and I should) read it daily, to remind myself the importance of sitting quietly! 😋
Kanwarpal Singh
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a short book and motivation poems about life , about to sit quietly, about thoughts, body, leave out all the negative thought behind, accept the pain, , accept the feeling, eat properly, Don't change yourself, live in the present, love everything around you, don't judge, listen to people experiences and implement them in life. Let future surprise you, this way we remain connected to each other, be grateful for what you have.never harm anyone intentionally, be selfless when helping someon ...more
Marvin
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pound for pound this is the best book you can read on Buddhist meditation. And it's a very light book

There are certainly better books on Buddhism for those who want to delve in to the religion and philosophy. But what this book gets right is that Buddhism in practice, once you get the Four Noble eTruths and the Eight-Fold Path is very simply. it's heart is in meditation. By sitting quietly one understands the rest.

Each poem is a bit of a meditation in itself. It gets at the base of the practice
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Bren
Sweet and educational little book on how to calm your brain (don't we all need that? and sit quietly.


I am one who sometimes has issues with that. My thoughts are constantly jumping from one thing to another and I have tried meditation with limited success.

This is a great book if you read it, breathe it in and take the information to heart, which in my case, as I am sure is true with others, is easier said then done. But inner tranquility and calming down one's brain doesn't really have a down si
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Mario MJ Perron
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Short and sweet

I don't really know how to evaluate this booklet.
It's an affirmation of being, that is clear. It is sweet and to the point, for sure. It's also short, possibly too short.
This author has other books that are simply more.
This is a beautifully complete affirmation and I'd suggest you repeat it to yourself often. It sums up a great deal more wisdom than the few words that are cleverly used.
Blessings and good reading.
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Michelle
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
Short, simple and to the point. So much in life is missing simplicity. I am trying to make an effort to read things that may be helpful in my anxiety and anger issues. This one, I feel is probably the best start and introduction to just sitting quietly and listening to your own thoughts. Course my thoughts tend to lead me in the wrong direction, maybe this isn't such a good idea lol. ...more
Mark
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is much like what they say about the game backgammon, "A minute to learn, a lifetime to master“. This book may take twenty minutes to read (if you take your time), but you will learn something new from it everytime you read it. ...more
Lesha Symons Ervin
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short, but sweet. Really gives you something to think about. Life should always be about living and learning to enjoy the here and now. so many of us don't do this simply because we don't know how or the importance of it, the calming effect. ...more
Jennifer
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
These poems are meant to be read more than once. Their simplicity is what makes them beautiful. My favorite one is "give thoughts room" and I am going to try to put it into practice. ...more
Zoltán Kelemen
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, onkindle, poetry
okay. it was tiny. but what else needs to be said?

You will learn this sitting quietly.
Sosanna Olson
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great. Simple.

This is one of the most basic yet insightful books I have read on buddhism to date. While not proving a history on the practice it breaks down the fundamental actions required to follow the eightfold path. Learning to master the art of sitting in silence is, in my opinion one of the most challenging aspects of the practice. In its simplest terms, learning to just be, this is where the majority struggle. This book gives simple examples and guides the reader through becoming present
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Q Olivia
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Simple, but perfect

Quick, beautiful reminders for those daily meditation moments. I enjoyed the short passages, and revisit them often as a guide to get me in a space of reflection when I cannot quiet my mind.
Jennifer
Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha provides exactly what the title suggests. The practices the writer Tai Sheridan introduces the reader to include Sit Quietly; Care For Your Body; Accept Your Feelings; Give Thoughts Room; Pain is Natural; Be Who You Are; Live Each Moment Well; Love Indiscriminately; Listen to Others; Be Surprised; Wonder; Live gratefully; Do No Harm; Benefit life; A Wish for The World. The writer stresses that all of th ...more
Anita NotherBook
This book was extremely short and simple, which is both good and bad. I believe I got it for free so I can't complain but if you are expecting a longer book you will be disappointed. However, a lot of wisdom can be found in small packages, and the whole point of the book is to simply things and just sit with your thoughts, so, there's that.

I would call these short little lessons or meditations. You can read them all the way through to get an overview of the concepts and then read them more deepl
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Vaibhav Vats
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Buddha in Blue Jeans means - You don't have to leave home, your work and your family in order to become Buddha (the enlightened monk). It says one can turn into Buddha's feats being right where he is right now, in the position and place he is right now. It is for modern man acquiring to become a monk.
It's a very short book full of rhymes. Nice read. And It is freely available for kindle users. I read it in about 15 min, so there is nothing as much to say about it. for more ...
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Sudhir Waghmode
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a small but profound book of poems on Zen philosophy. This book is very close to Shunryu Suzuki's 'Zen Mind, Beginners Mind'. 'Sit Quitely' is my favorite one, its so simple, beautiful and yet deep. Its Short book (of merely 20 pages), so you can give at least one try. I will recommend at least go through poems - 'Sit Quitely','Care For Your Body', 'Accept Your Feelings','Pain is natural' and 'Live Each Moment Well'. ...more
Saurabh Mandar
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Have read this book thrice (its that short!), and still feel like rereading it every week.

amazing how just going through the words brings calm and peace. definitely a worthwhile read (it will take less than 10 minutes to go through it).
Erin
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short but enlightening poetry and thoughts about living in the present and enjoying each moment of wonder and surprise....loved this Buddhist monks positive perspectives. Best of all, it was free on my kindle :)
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