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By Charlotte J. Beck

A Zen consultant to the issues of day-by-day dwelling, love, relationships, paintings, worry and anguish. Combining earthly knowledge with non secular enlightenment, it describes how one can stay every one second to the entire and indicates the relevance of Zen to each point of existence.

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And finished, beautiful pianists would finally come out of his studio. It’s that kind of attention which is necessary for our Zen practice. We call it samadhi, this total oneness with the object. But in my story that attention was relatively easy. It was with an object that I liked. This is the oneness of any great art, the great athlete, the person who passes well on the football field, the person who does well on the basketball court, anybody like that who has to learn to pay attention. It’s that kind of samadhi.

Born in New Jersey, educated in public schools and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Joko (then Charlotte) married and began to raise a family. When the marriage dissolved she supported herself and her four children as a teacher, secretary, and later as an administrative assistant in a large university department. Not until well into her forties did Joko begin the practice of Zen, with Maezumi Roshi (then Sensei) of Los Angeles, and later with Yasutani Roshi and Soen Roshi. For years she commuted regularly from San Diego to the Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA).

There are many people in the world who feel that if only they had a bigger car, a nicer house, better vacations, a more understanding boss, or a more interesting partner, then their life would work. We all go through that one. ” First of all we wear out those on the gross levels. Then we shift our search to more subtle levels. Finally, in looking for the thing outside of ourselves that we hope is going to complete us, we turn to a spiritual discipline. Unfortunately we tend to bring into this new search the same orientation as before.

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