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Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World

by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna

In the book Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World, Dr. Shoshanna uses her own experiences with Zen to explain its common concepts and principles. Sometimes the writing is quite subjective; however, it is enjoyable even for someone not familiar with Zen.

I don’t understand many of the koans in it but they say it takes a lifetime to understand some, or sometimes, you don’t understand them at all.

I leave you with the Zen Miracle Commandments at the end of the book. Brenda asks the readers to keep them as companions and enjoy living with them.

  • Do not lean on others. Do not lean on anything.
  • Keep your back straight at all times. Your spine connects heaven and earth. Honor it.
  • Loneliness is an unwillingness to communicate freely with all of creation. Remedy this.
  • Do not puff yourself up and put others down. We are all treading on the same earth.
  • This particular breath will not come again. Pay attention to it.
  • We cannot stop the noise, but we can stop ourselves. We can accept the noise.
  • What you are at this moment contains the whole message of what you were.
  • You can never see anything worse than yourself.
  • Place after place is the right place.
  • Don’t put a head on your own head. What’s wrong with your own?
  • Going somewhere doesn’t take you anywhere else.
  • Doing nothing is more than enough. Flowers grow on their own.

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