The Path of Aliveness: A Contemporary Zen Approach to Awakening Body and Mind (Paperback)

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The Path of Aliveness: A Contemporary Zen Approach to Awakening Body and Mind (Paperback)


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Find a sense of nourishment and embodied aliveness in every aspect of your life with this fresh and accessible guide to Zen practice.

Buddhism aims for the development of a flexible mind and skillful responsiveness—whether toward problems in one’s personal life or broader issues like the ecological crisis. But in a culture now saturated with cliches about mindfulness and unrealistic fantasies about happiness, what does it truly mean to walk this path? The key practice is that of embodied aliveness.
In The Path of Aliveness, Zen and Taoist Qigong teacher Christian Dillo offers a path of meaningful transformation tailored to our times. Through potent conceptual work and practical examples, he shows how to carefully examine the interrelationship between our senses, body energy, thoughts, and emotions so that we can transform our lives in the direction of less suffering and more freedom, wisdom, and compassion. This secular reconstruction respectfully plumbs Buddhist tradition—including classic teachings such as the foundations of mindfulness meditation, the four noble truths, and the practice of loving kindness—while encouraging practitioners to rely on their own embodied experience for maintaining an alive and engaged presence no matter the circumstances.
CHRISTIAN DILLO spent over twenty years as a residential monastic at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center in Colorado, completing Dharma transmission with Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. In 2015 he began serving as Guiding Teacher at the Boulder Zen Center, where he now lives with his wife, son, and several students.
Product Details ISBN: 9781611809978
ISBN-10: 1611809975
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: May 17th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English
The Path of Aliveness is a daring and breathtaking book! Deconstructing and reconstructing Buddhism based on his own experience, his training with Buddhist teachers, and his background in Western phenomenology and psychology, Christian Dillo astutely provides intelligent explanations and detailed practical examples to show us how Zen Buddhism can be, and perhaps always has been, a path to a luminously embodied sense of being alive.”—Norman Fischer, author of When You Greet Me I Bow and The Museum of Capitalism

The Path of Aliveness is a walk with a friend for anyone who wants to use awareness to transform their life in the direction of ever greater embodied freedom. Drawing from his decades of struggles and joys, Christian Dillo offers us a precise path for how to practice with our experience. He brings the energy of Zen into our daily lives in an accessible, practical, and courageous way.”—Kōshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up

“Christian Dillo is a wonderful teacher: he digs in deep. For this book he chose some essential Buddhist topics and brought them to life in an authentic and personal way. A beautifully written and thoughtful book.”—Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, author of The Logic of Faith and The Power of an Open Question

“How can we become more fully alive? How does Buddhist practice transform and liberate us? How might the meaning of our lives embody wisdom and compassion? This down-to-earth book offers a harvest of insights, gleaned from Christian Dillo’s many years of practice and teaching. It brings the path to life for us today.”—David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

“This beautifully written book guides the reader into fully embodied Zen practice. This book can serve as a handbook toward ‘undivided intimacy,’ which is our true relationship with each other and all beings in our world. Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners will find nourishment and deep wisdom here.”— Konjin Gaelyn Godwin, Abbot of Houston Zen Center and Auspicious Cloud West; Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center, North America

“An excellent introduction to a modern practice of Zen Buddhism.”—Publishers Weekly

“Dillo offers what the title promises: the opening of a path of aliveness for people today.”—Spirituality & Practice