Jason Shulman takes the Buddha's Four Noble Truths as his musical score, and riffs on them like an inspired jazz singer. His music is immediate, yet timeless. I found myself humming along, and I'm sure you could even dance to it. -Eric Utne, founder, Utne Reader
For 2,500 years, Gautama Buddha's Four Noble Truths have stood as the Buddhist map to the causes of suffering and its release into enlightenment. In this book, Jason Shulman has reinterpreted these Truths with a series of revelatory insights into the powerful ally suffering can become in our search for freedom.
As American spiritual teacher and poet Jason Shulman says in his Introduction, "Suffering is the heart-breaking, heart-opening art of this world, the chiaroscuro of everything that moves on land or swims or speaks or is silent, of every tree and earth thing and air thing. It is the speaker within each thought, voiced or unvoiced. It is the condition of time itself that opens up a portal to suffering every second and also reveals itself in every space in the center of things or in the margin that dissolves foreground and background, that unifies space and time that opens the vista that has never been closed. The town and the country and all the people in each of these, all equally here on this plane of being, this light-dark place with this falling and rising up."
This powerfully encouraging book is for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. It is for all who suffer and want to be free.
Four Noble Truths
1. Suffering exists
2. Suffering arises from attachment to desires
3. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path
Dairyu Michael Wenger, Dragons Leap Temple
Dairyu Michael Wenger is a Soto Zen priest and a disciple of Sojun Mel Weitsman. He has practiced Zen for 46 years, 38 of them at the San Francisco Zen Center. At the age of 63 he founded his own temple, Dragons Leap, emphasizing Zazen and brush painting; courage, compassion, and creativity.
The Jason Shulman Library. More about the Library and Jason’s work and outreach can be found at the Foundation for Nonduality website: www.nonduality.us.com
Jason Shulman has written an extended meditation on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths with new insights into this important foundation of Buddhist thought and practice. Four Noble Truths 1. Suffering exists. 2. Suffering arises from attachment to desires. 3. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases. 4. Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path. For 2,500 years, Gautama Buddha’s Four Noble Truths have stood as the Buddhist map to the causes of suffering and its release into enlightenment. In this book, Jason Shulman reinterprets these Truths for our era, revealing the powerful ally suffering can be in our search for freedom. Jason Shulman has the voice of an ancient prophet. He is versed in both wisdom traditions and modern thought. His rhetoric comes from on top, from differentiation, but don’t be mistaken: its weight comes from the hara, the belly, and integration…It’s from difficulty that we learn about ease. This book should be used as a guide, hints from one who has traveled the path, rather than an official highway atlas. Dear Reader, meet this teaching head on. Appreciate it as well as your doubts. Suffering is a great opportunity.
Illustrator, Dairyu Michael Wenger is a Soto Zen priest and a disciple of Sojun Mel Weitsman. He has practiced Zen for 46 years, 38 of them at the San Francisco Zen Center. At the age of 63 he founded his own temple, Dragons Leap, emphasizing Zazen and brush painting; courage, compassion, and creativity. The Jason Shulman Library. More about the Library and Jason’s work and outreach can be found at the Foundation for Nonduality website: www.nonduality.us.com
What Does Reward Bring You But To Bind You to Heaven like a Slave? (Poetry) (Nov 18, 2013) by Jason Shulman. Dos Madres Press.
"It is rare to come upon a mystic who can convey through words what defies language, a poet who can sculpt the spiritual into his poems without grandiosity, and a man who can bring fierce honesty and accuracy to the most intimate details of a life. Jason Shulman s poems are layered with the multidimensional harvest of his commitment to live in the totality of being human: his many faceted spiritual path, his mystical teachings, his poetic gifts that sing with startling metaphor and music, and his human heart that holds open the riddles of love, sex, age and death with searing honesty and a koanic transmission of not answers but openings. In fact, these poems return poetry to its original mission as spell, chant, and prayer where opposites dissolve and the mind is released through words into what goes beyond them. Robert Hass once said, Poems must move in two directions at once: enchantment and disenchantment, life and death, knowing and having no idea. Shulman s poems succeed in this, and more: From our minds / stained with life and death he bends / these poles into a single thing." —Kim Rosen
"Jason Shulman's ecstatic and lyrical poems often start in an exploratory and quizzical mood, and then open up to a wider world in surprising, unexpected ways. His path is open to suggestions offered by the passing nature of things that the observers makes sense of within this world. This points him through flowing speech, making poems centers of energy about larger energies outside the self, discoveries of various notable, expressive phenomena. Yet, his marked humility before these mysteries allows for explorations towards not final truths so much as wisdom in delineating a path to contemplate the wondrous conditions of our lives in this time, this reverberant shared space." —David Schloss
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