Deep Hope: zen guidance for staying steadfast when the seems hopeless
Every day seems to bring news of cruelty and pain from around the world. Amidst the barrage of the daily news cycle and the tumult of our personal lives, it may be natural to contract out of fear or anxiety. But is there a way to face our lives and the world without closing off our hearts? There is such a path, says Zen teacher Diane Rizzetto. Exploring the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections," she writes of "a path to reveal our deepest human capacity to give and receive, to patiently bear witness to whatever is arising in the moment, to take skillful action based on clarity and wisdom, to persevere with fortitude, and to rest in the silent stillness of each breath." Combining Zen teachings with accessible anecdotes from her own life and the lives of her many students, Rizzetto demonstrates the possibility of living with a hopefulness that is grounded in the present moment--a path of spiritual nourishment and deepening wisdom.
DIANE RIZZETTO is the Abbess and Guiding Teacher of the Bay Zen Center in Oakland, California. A dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck, she is a founding member of the Ordinary Mind Zen School. Her previous book is Waking Up to What You Do- A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion.