The Zen Of Creativity

Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345466330
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An introduction to the creative spirit as it applies within Zen tradition shares personal anecdotes about the author's own experiences, suggesting exercises and visual tools--including the ancient practices of calligraphy, poetry, brush painting, and the tea ceremony--to help readers cultivate spiritual creativity. By the author of and The Eight Gates of Zen. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Zen of Creativity

Author: John Daido Loori
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ISBN: 9780345462015
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In introduction to the creative spirit as it applies within Zen tradition shares personal anecdotes about the author's own experiences, suggesting exercises and visual tools to help readers cultivate spiritual creativity. By the author of Riding the Ox Home and The Eight Gates of Zen.

The Zen of Creativity

Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307417557
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace. Zen Buddhism is steeped in the arts. In spiritual ways, calligraphy, poetry, painting, the tea ceremony, and flower arranging can point us toward our essential, boundless nature. Brilliantly interpreting the teachings of the artless arts, Loori illuminates various elements that awaken our creativity, among them still point, the center of each moment that focuses on the tranquility within; simplicity, in which the creative process is uncluttered and unlimited, like a cloudless sky; spontaneity, a way to navigate through life without preconceptions, with a freshness in which everything becomes new; mystery, a sense of trust in the unknown; creative feedback, the systematic use of an audience to receive noncritical input about our art; art koans, exercises based on paradoxical questions that can be resolved only through artistic expression. Loori shows how these elements interpenetrate and function not only in art, but in all our endeavors. Beautifully illustrated and punctuated with poems and reflections from Loori’s own spiritual journey, The Zen of Creativity presents a multilayered, bottomless source of insight into our creativity. Appealing equally to spiritual seekers, artists, and veteran Buddhist practitioners, this book is perfect for those wishing to discover new means of self-awareness and expression—and to restore equanimity and freedom amid the vicissitudes of our lives. From the Hardcover edition.

The Zen Art Book

Author: Stephen Addiss
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 159030747X
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Collects 40 famous examples of brush painting and calligraphy that demonstrate Buddhist applications of instructive art, complementing each piece with decoding information and Dharma commentary. Original.

Bringing the Sacred to Life

Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590305337
Format: PDF, ePub
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Zen ritualsand—such as chanting, bowing, lighting incense before the Buddha statueand—are ways of recognizing the sacredness in all of life. A ritual is simply a deliberate and focused moment that symbolizes the care with which we should be approaching all of life, and practicing the Zen liturgy is a way of cultivating this quality of attention in order to bring it to everything we do. Here, John Daido Loori demystifies the details of the Zen rituals and highlights their deeper meaning and purpose. We humans are all creatures of ritual, he teaches, whether we recognize it or not. Even if we donand’t make ritual part of some religious observance, we still fall into ritual behavior, whether it be our daily grooming sequence or the way we have our morning coffee and paper. We run through our personal rituals unconsciously most of the time, but there is great value to introducing meaningful symbolic rituals into our lives and to performing them deliberately and mindfullyand—because the way we do ritual affects the way we live the rest of our lives. The book includes instructions for a simple Zen home liturgy, as it is practiced by students of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen.

Photography as Meditation

Author: Torsten Andreas Hoffmann
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
ISBN: 1492016217
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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For many people, photography serves as a form of meditation; a way to separate themselves from their stressful lives. In this book, Torsten Andreas Hoffmann explores an approach to artistic photography based on Japanese Zen-Philosophy. Meditation and photography have much in common: both are based in the present moment, both require complete focus, and both are most successful when the mind is free from distracting thoughts. Hoffman shows how meditation can lead to the source of inspiration. Hoffman's impressive images of landscapes, cities, people, and nature, as well as his smart image analysis and suggestions about the artistic process, will help you understand this approach to photography without abandoning the principles of design necessary to achieve great images. Photographing busy scenes, especially, requires an inner calm that enables you to have intuition for the right moment and compose a well-balanced image amidst the chaos. The goal of this book is to develop your photographic expression. It provides enrichment for photographers who believe that only technical mastery produces great images and shows how important it is to engage with your own awareness to act creatively.

Mountain Record of Zen Talks

Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834826437
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this treasury of Zen wisdom based on his talks, the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York, explores the eight areas of study that are the focus for training in his community: meditation, study with the teacher, liturgy, art practice, body practice, the study of scriptures, work practice, and the moral and ethical teachings. John Daido Loori also covers such topics as koans, the martial arts, and illness and healing, and he makes intriguing observations about the spirit and requirements of Zen in America.

Making Love with Light

Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781590304860
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This book of exquisite photographs arises from the premise that unless we love nature, we will not work to save it from exploitation and eventual destruction. The rich mixture of photographs, Zen poems and essays presented on these pages is intended to open our hearts to the wild and the wilderness, and to direct us to the ways in which we can heal the earth. The author is an award-winning photographer and videographer and his art and wildlife photography from the core of a unique teaching programme that integrates art and wilderness training and cultivates an experiential appreciation of the relationship of Zen spirituality to our natural environment.

Presentation Zen

Author: Garr Reynolds
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0321601890
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the Net — presentationzen.com — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.