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Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.


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Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.

30 review for Being Upright: Zen Meditation and Bodhisattva Precepts (Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    This book is a great resource for anyone considering taking Bodhisattva precepts or wanting a better understanding of the principles that underlie Buddhist practice. Reb does a good job of providing some context and understanding of all the precepts, often providing either ancestor stories or examples from his own life to illuminate the meaning and intention of each precept. Some of his personal stories are quite stunning.

  2. 5 out of 5

    William Sowka

    A very good explanation of the Buddhist precepts with deep insight into their truest meanings. A bit esoteric at times, but perhaps a basic introductory book on what Zen is and what is seeks to achieve should prerequisite this book. Nonetheless, an honest and helpful stepping stone on the path forward.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Terrill

    10,000 out of 5 stars. Would learn I'm a Bodhisattva again. 10,000 out of 5 stars. Would learn I'm a Bodhisattva again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo

    A great guide for anynone who is interested in taking the precepts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patrycjusz Pindelski

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    Jean

    Outstanding, clear presentation of the Buddhist Precepts.

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