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May 04 , 2008

Zen Student

Remember, Live RIght Now


Zen Student: Remember, Live Right Now! is Dr. Raymond Reed Hardy's second book about Zen in America. Hardy's first book, Zen Master: Practical Zen by an American for Americans-first released in 2002-explains in plain and simple terms how to begin a meditation practice based on Hardy's own personal experience. In Zen Student, Hardy writes to the reader who has done at least a little Zen meditation and is now seeking support for a more advanced practice.There is a huge difference between the person who has never started a meditation practice and one who has practiced-even if for just a few months. The difference has to do with the experiences that typically come only through meditation. Zen Student speaks to and about those special experiences, giving the fledgling student the strong sense of support that comes when we recognize others who are on the same path. Hardy's background in psychology (he is an associate professor of psychology) and his long history (more than twenty-three years) of very simple zazen meditation, give him just the right combination of authoritative knowledge and experiential wisdom to most effectively address the needs of American meditators. In Zen Student, he provides autobiographical information, followed by teaching stories and anecdotes for the intermediate student. He also includes a question and answer series based on the interactions he has had with his own students over the past twenty years. The final section of the book includes thirteen inspirational haiku poems and some strong reminders of the importance of the meditation practice the student has begun.Hardy has already started his third and final book of the series-for advanced students. However, he is keeping mum about the contents. Will you be ready when that book arrives?
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