Answer Your Love Letters

Footnotes to a Zen Practice
  • Published: May 2007
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 184
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781425974428

 

"Answer Your Love Letters" is a series of short reflections and observations by an author who spent more than 35 years practicing Zen Buddhism.
 
The book is written in the hope that others following or even just investigating Zen practice may find something to laugh about or be informed by in their own lives – lives filled with kids and mortgages and lovers and office politics and sadness and joy … and some effort to make an abiding sense of it all.
 
“Answer Your Love Letters” suggests that spiritual endeavor and discipline may be very useful tools in this life, but that those tools are only useful to the extent that they address completely-human concerns – the half-heard questions whispering in the night: What about death? What about disease? What about uncertainty and fear? What about drugs, divorce or even delight? What about peace? What about joy?
 
Human beings ask and answer such questions in their own terms and in their own time. Someone else’s answer will never be enough: Intimate questions deserve intimate answers. It takes courage and patience and doubt to answer such questions. It takes attention and responsibility – two qualities that lie at the center of Zen practice or at the heart of any happy and peaceful life.
 
“Answer Your Love Letters” offers no cookie-cutter answers to the serious and intimate questions any reader might have. The book simply acknowledges that such questions exist and can be as compelling as they are confounding. It also suggests that there are better and worse ways to go about answering those questions.
 
“Answer Your Love Letters” is, in its way, simply a love letter that the reader may choose to answer.
 

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