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Jan 24, 2023 | ISBN 9781611809398

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“Nancy Mujo Baker’s lucid and intimate companion to the moral and ethical teachings of Zen offers us two dimensions: a deeply personal guide to our own individual resources for living an ethical life, including personal exercises, and also a superbly understandable exploration of the Buddhist principles of the nondual, of suchness, of true compassion. Bringing these elements together, using ordinary examples of complex ideas, Baker offers the first truly coherent study of Zen precepts. I love it!”—Pat Enkyo O’Hara, author of Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges
“This wise and brave book on the precepts is an extraordinary resource and source of inspiration about what it means to meet the world with integrity and strength. I wholeheartedly recommend it to all who want to realize a life of care, compassion, and engagement with the truth of suffering and freedom from suffering. This is the guidebook par excellence that reveals the path to oneness.”—Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying and Standing at the Edge
“Nancy Mujo Baker’s new book, Opening to Oneness, is subtitled ‘A Practical and Philosophical Guide to the Zen Precepts.’ She could well have added the word Compassionate. While her philosophical inquiry is deep and wide-ranging, it’s her emphasis on bringing a nonjudgmental, accepting, yet brave and probing spirit to the whole of life that makes this presentation of the Buddhist precepts so refreshing and inspiring. Her intimacy with Dogen’s teachings on the simultaneity of oneness and particularity infuses every aspect of the book. She works with each of the precepts as a koan, asking us to bring awareness to the uncertainty and discomfort that come forth when we do so. Phrasing each precept as a gerund—non-killing, non-blaming—rather than as a dualistic commandment, she returns us to ourselves, in all our messy wholeness. Leaping out from the confines of conceptual thinking, we can leap into the experience of faith that makes Zen practice so transformative.”—Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat, coeditor of Eloquent Silence and Endless Vow
“This is an exceptional guide through the precepts, illuminating them in ways that bring them to life in our daily living. The author is not only a long-time Zen adept, deeply conversant with Dogen, but also a major league philosophy professor, in addition to having studied for twenty years in the Diamond Approach, all of which allow her to shine the light of several perspectives on these critical aspects of our life. She also happens to be a marvelous writer, allowing the reader to feel that they’re in the hands of a true master of thought, word, and deed, as well as insight, practice, and wisdom. It has been a long time in the making, and it feels like a grace to encounter this scintillating and galvanizing work.”—Henry Shukman, author of One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart—A Zen Memoir
“A fascinating and informative discussion, along with recommendations for group exercises, explicating the dictum that there is ‘no Buddhism without precepts.’ The section on Dogen’s approach based on unifying in all possible ways with these aspects of life experience is especially illuminating.”—Steven Heine, author of Dogen: Japan’s Original Zen Teacher
“Zen teacher Mujo Baker deftly wields her wisdom sword, finely honed through years of a rigorous spiritual journey, to help us plunge into an exploration and experience of Oneness. Using the Zen Buddhist precepts as her focus, she provides a clear and simple method to open to the parts of oneself that are instinctively suppressed and which, therefore, often lead one to oppressing others. The reader might also find themself transformed by Mujo’s engaging and succinct discourses on Oneness, nonduality, and non-separation. This book is an excellent contribution to the Zen precept literature. I highly recommend it to those who aspire to live fully their very best life.”—Wendy Egyoku Nakao, co-author of The Book of Householder Koans: Waking Up in the Land of Attachments
“Roshi Nancy Baker invokes Japanese Zen Master Dogen and sheds fresh light on the Buddhist precepts—not as a list of ‘shoulds and should nots,’ but as a way of awakened living, a way of opening to Oneness in all the dimensions of our lives.”—Ruben L.F. Habito, author of Be Still and Know: Zen and the Bible
“What a wonderful book. It is Nancy Baker’s gift to translate the Buddhist precepts in such a way that they become fruitful and inspiring for every person who seeks in their spiritual path for skillful means in their daily life. She offers in the second part of the book a bright view into Zen teachings, especially for Westerners.”—Anna Myoan Gamma, founder of Zen Zentrum Offener Kreis

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