Zen and Happiness:
Practical Insights and Meditations to Cultivate Joy in Everyday Live
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"Joshua Paszkiewicz is one of the young generation of Zen teachers in the West. Zen and Happiness offers a delightful and subversive introduction to Zen. Along with the basics he unfolds the many dimensions of happiness. A good read, informative, and inviting."
"Zen and Happiness is a wonderful guide to beginning or refining a Zen meditation practice. It has something for everyone who wishes to become more aware and fulfilled in work, recreation and relationships. The combination of historical references, practical information and personal stories make it unique in Zen literature."
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"Dr. Joshua Paszkiewicz has given us a beautiful gift. There has never been a time in human history when accessing the tranquility and quiescence produced by correct meditation practice has been more necessary.
Joshua (aka Zen Master Deok Shim) displays a marvelous talent for expressing the core teachings of the Buddha as well as select insights of prominent teachers throughout the centuries and presents them in a simple, and well ordered manner.
The time honored and simple techniques presented in this book are a guidepost to keep us centered. If utilized and practiced on a daily basis, they are sure to provide the reader with the necessary tools to maintain a clear life direction, one that is poised to meet the oftentimes troubling and daunting aspects of 21st century life."
-Zen Master Ji Haeng
(Abbot and Guiding Teacher of the Zen Center of Las Vegas)
“Joshua’s presentation of Zen is an accessible and invigorating introduction for the beginner and an excellent tool for exploring and expanding your relationship with your practice for the adept. If you need to open the windows and refresh your practice or are just getting started, Zen and Happiness is just the guide you need."
-The Ven. Dr. Thich Hue Hai
(Buddhist monk and clinical chaplain)
"Zen masters may be able to personally guide their students toward happiness, but few masters are also able to convey such guidance to those they have never met by writing a book. Dr Paszkiewicz is such a master, celebrated internationally, and his Zen and Happiness is such a book.
The book's guidance is practical, with background, examples, exercises, and summaries, all in less than 150 remarkably lucid pages.
Zen awareness is accessible to those of any faith, or none. Zen happiness is not limited to a monastic or retreat setting, but can be practiced eating breakfast, driving to or from work, at work, at home -- anywhere. An unusual virtue of this book is its concluding chapter, "Zen Happiness When Happiness Seems Impossible," which recognizes dark moments of life, and shows how Zen awareness works even in the experience of grief.
The book recommends both a faithful, even rigorous, practice of meditation, but also an approach which is gentle and compassionate about one's failings.
I especially enjoyed the mix of stories from the rich and varied Zen traditions along with examples from today's problems and situations.
I first encountered Zen from a Chinese master over 50 years ago. This book not only recalled and refreshed the practice I then began, but enhanced and deepened my appreciation for how the Zen presented in this book can be of enormous help to so many others."
-The Rev. Dr. Vern Barnet
(Founder and Minister Emeritus of the Center for Religious Experience and Study - CRES, and author of "Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire")