Zen 24/7: All Zen, All the Time

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The enlightment of zen is yours to discover -- in a cup of joe, a traffic jam, a bad hair day, or the blink of an eye -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you're searching for revelation and contentment, look no further than a handshake, the mirror -- even your laundry pile. The most mundane details of life contain zen's profound truths, says Philip Toshio Sudo, if you're of the mind to look at them.

With his signature wit and modern-day wisdom, Sudo uses koans, parables, and meditations to challenge and encourage you to stay rooted in the here and now. Look inward, urges the author, and open your mind to eternal truths. Regard each day with wonder, hope, and gratitude, as you recognize the divine in the ordinary. By awakening to and embracing the zen in your life, you'll listen, watch, eat, work, laugh, sleep, and breath your way to truth -- every moment of the day.

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Philip Toshio Sudo has found Zen in the unlikeliest of places and has written about them: Zen Guitar, Zen Sex, and Zen Computer. Now, in Zen 24/7, it's Zen everything. But if it's true that being mindful in every moment is the heart of Zen, then everything is Zen. Taking just this approach, Sudo walks readers through a full day, from alarm clock to bedtime, stopping to ruminate on how the most mundane things, from a beer to a meeting to the dry cleaners, can remind us of bits of Zen wisdom. A Zen flag reminds us that it is the mind that moves; Zen fuzzy dice remind us to flow with traffic; a Zen mall reminds us to reduce desires; Zen sleep reminds us that every day's a good day. As in the best Zen writing, Sudo's observations are breezy but packed with genuine insight. There is a bit of sly humor and lots of encouragement, as if each page were a daily affirmation. This is a book to read through once, then pick up often for reminders, especially the page on Zen shopping, which you'll want to post on your refrigerator. --Brian Bruya

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Philip Toshio Sudo, who died in June 2002, is an award-winning journalist and the author of Zen Sex, Zen 24/7, Zen Guitar, and Zen Computer

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