The Zen of Creativity

Cultivating Your Artistic Life

The Zen of Creativity

For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace. Zen Buddhism is steeped in the arts. In spiritual ways, calligraphy, poetry, painting, the tea ceremony, and flower arranging can point us toward our essential, boundless nature. Brilliantly interpreting the teachings of the artless arts, Loori illuminates various elements that awaken our creativity, among them still point, the center of each moment that focuses on the tranquility within; simplicity, in which the creative process is uncluttered and unlimited, like a cloudless sky; spontaneity, a way to navigate through life without preconceptions, with a freshness in which everything becomes new; mystery, a sense of trust in the unknown; creative feedback, the systematic use of an audience to receive noncritical input about our art; art koans, exercises based on paradoxical questions that can be resolved only through artistic expression. Loori shows how these elements interpenetrate and function not only in art, but in all our endeavors. Beautifully illustrated and punctuated with poems and reflections from Loori’s own spiritual journey, The Zen of Creativity presents a multilayered, bottomless source of insight into our creativity. Appealing equally to spiritual seekers, artists, and veteran Buddhist practitioners, this book is perfect for those wishing to discover new means of self-awareness and expression—and to restore equanimity and freedom amid the vicissitudes of our lives. From the Hardcover edition.

The Zen of Creative Painting

An Elegant Design for Revealing Your Muse

The Zen of Creative Painting

Invites the artist to explore the creative process through Zen philosophies and the creation of mandalas, still life, landscape, and figure art

The Zen of Fundraising

89 Timeless Ideas to Strengthen and Develop Your Donor Relationships

The Zen of Fundraising

If all that has ever been said and written about the art and science of fundraising could be distilled down to just what really matters—what fundraisers everywhere need to know—there would be only a small number of true gems deserving of the description, “nuggets of information.” Leading international fundraiser Ken Burnett, author of the classic Relationship Fundraising, has identified and defined 89 such nuggets which he presents here as The Zen of Fundraising, a fun read, one-of-a-kind look into what makes donors tick and–more importantly–what makes them give.

The Zen of Cooking

Creative Cooking with and Without Recipes

The Zen of Cooking

Now in paperback, THE ZEN OF COOKING provides base recipes for appetisers, pasta, main dishes, vegetarian dishes, soups, salads, sauces, marinades, salad dressings and deserts - all presented as delicious starting points for personal and creative cooking. The perfect cookbook for anyone has ever yearned to cook more creatively - adapting a recipe to suit perfect his or her own tastes - but wasn't quite sure how to go about it without making a mess of things.

The Art of Just Sitting

Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

The Art of Just Sitting

Shikantaza--or "just sitting"--is one of the simplest, most subtle forms of meditation, and one of the most easily misunderstood. This peerless volume brings together a wealth of writings, from the Buddha himself to Bodhidharma and Dogen and many of modern Zen Buddhism's most influential masters, all pointing directly to the heart of this powerful practice. Edited by one of America's pre-eminent Zen teachers, this book is a rich resource for wisdom seekers and scholars alike.

Zen Questions

Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry

Zen Questions

Whether speaking of student or master, Zen hinges on the question. Zen practice does not necessarily focus on the answers, but on finding a space in which we may sustain uncertainty and remain present and upright in the middle of investigations. Zen Questions begins by exploring "The World of Zazen,"--the foundational practice of the Zen school--presenting it as an attitude of sustained inquiry that offers us an entryway into true repose and joy. From there, Leighton draws deeply on his own experience as a Zen scholar and teacher to invite us into the creativity of Zen awareness and practice. He explores the poetic mind of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, and even "the American Dharma Bard" Bob Dylan. What's more, Leighton uncovers surprising resonances between the writings of America's Founding Fathers--including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin--and the liberating ideals at the heart of Zen.

The Zen of Naka

The Journey of a Japanese Genius

The Zen of Naka

Since his move to Celtic in the summer of 2005, Shunsuke Nakamura has become a cult hero in both Scotland and the Far East. From the wonderful goal in his Champions League debut against Manchester United in 2006 to the strike against Kilmarnock that secured Celtic's league win in 2006-07, Nakamura has firmly established himself as a Celtic legend. Nakamura's ability to confront and overcome adversity has been the key to his success. From his rejection as a youngster by home-town club Yokohama Marinos to his omission from the 2002 World Cup squad by Philippe Troussier and his struggle to adapt to the defensive nature of Italian football, Nakamura has bounced back stronger every time. The Zen of Naka is a comprehensive, revealing account of Nakamura's career to date. It explores his development from the early stages of his footballing journey to his time with Celtic at present, and looks ahead at what the future may hold for the star.

The Zen of Zelda

The Zen of Zelda

Zelda is back. In the follow-up to her hilarious debut, Zelda Wisdom, Zelda returns to lead us down the doggy path to enlightenment with zany Zen koans and more of the laugh-inducing photographs that made her first book such a hit. This hilarious canine guru will lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. The "Doggy Lama" dispenses Zenlike wisdom in her inimitable bulldog style. With a face everyone can love, a bikini-clad Zelda reminds us that appearances count for nothing. "You are a soul with a body. . . not a body with a soul." Who knew that true Zen wisdom could be found in the form of a 60-pound bulldog? Zelda reminds us that "laughing at ourselves brings us closer to enlightenment than anything else." We would all do well to get in touch with our inner Zelda.

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry

Practicing the Zen of Research

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry

Qualitative researchers incorporate the principles of holism, storytelling, ethics, body and mind links, relational focus, and creativity as key features of their practice. So do practitioners of Zen Buddhism. Leading qualitative researcher Valerie J. Janesick describes how qualitative inquiry can be informed and improved through an understanding of Zen principles. She calls for a contemplative qualitative inquiry that draws on the understandings of both East and West. In the book, she-explains how key Zen principles of impermanence, non-self, and nirvana apply to qualitative research projects;-advocates important Zen-based practices of meditation, journaling, and poetic thinking;-presents Zen stories, meditation techniques, and writing exercises to improve research practice.