Grassroots Zen: Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century (Revised)

Grassroots Zen: Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century (Revised)

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Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the States. Of all the different kinds of Buddhism, Zen is uniquely attractive to Westerners due to its lack of dogma. Experience, rather than belief, is what is most highly valued in Zen. It was first popularized by the Beats including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg Unfortunately the history of Zen in America has been blighted by hierarchical power structures, outright misogyny, and scandals involving the abuse of power. "Grassroots Zen" offers a needed alternative. It can be practiced by any person--religious or not--who is committed to self-realization, and who is willing to make meditation a serious concern rather than a fleeting hobby. Rooted in a spiritual partnership model based on "power-sharing," today's Grassroots Zen practice emphasizes gender equality and family practice and is oriented toward children, work, and social engagement. Grassroots Zen is not an isolated, metaphysical practice cut off from the world; it integrates meditation and daily life in the busy marketplace beyond the monastery. This is a substantially revised and updated edition and will say so the book's front cover.