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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 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.
- Series: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Rodmell Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (September 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930485018
- ISBN-13: 978-1930485013
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
Fantastic! A Must-Read For Anyone On the Buddhist Path or Looking to Live an Ethical Life!
This a wonderfully written book on the Precepts, looking at them from different angles. Andersen shares situations in his life that have helped him see the precepts more clearly. This book has greatly helped my understanding of the precepts and how to approach exploring them in my life.
Inspiring and Illuminating
There are concepts of Buddhism and Zen that have diffused into American culture since the 1950s, but there is a vast realm of tradition and more “technical” aspects that have developed within Buddhism since the time of Buddha. Those aspects are not as familiar to Americans. This book addresses the Bodhisattva Precepts, which are part of the spiritual path of Buddhism.
Not An Introductory Zen Book
If you are one who intends to “receive the precepts” by whatever ceremony or process your sangha follows, then this is definitely the book for you.
More touchy feely than Aitken
This is a good book. Anderson is an excellent teacher. All his points are solid and he provides narratives that are to the point. While it is more touchy-feely than Aitken, it is still a good introduction to the Precepts. Actually, the best introduction is from your teacher.
Great read recommended by my therapist.
I was a little surprised that my therapist recommended this book, but after reading it, I understand why, which I won’t bore you with. I don’t consider myself an evolved person, yet after reading “Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts” I saw the benefits and importance of having a “practice” for myself. I would not recommend this book for beginners because I think there has to be a basic understanding and a willingness to understand Zen Meditation. Reb Anderson is open and candid, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
A must for jukai
this is a great read for anyone preparing to take 16 precepts, Soto or Rinzai. The author shares the relevance of each precepts and illustrates with personal stories/experiences from his own bodhisattva path.It has also proven a great distraction for avoiding my sewing project at hand…..
Very helpful to Zen precepts study
I have read a few books on the precepts and this one is my favorite. It helped me prepare for my precepts ceremony and now my local sangha and I are using it as part of a precepts discussion group. What I appreciate most is how open Reb is with sharing his real life experiences where he or others struggled with upholding the precepts, which makes the lessons of this book more practical than philosophical.
Just what I was looking for…
“Being Upright” explains everything you wanted to know about Zen Meditation. It breaks it down into sections and explains everything in detail. This is a good book to read and to have as a reference.
This book is the best read I have had in awhile. Very clear, easy to understand. Mainly, full of information and wisdom.
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
This book is really good! It covers a lot of subjects that some Buddist books don’t touch on and a good book for those who are just getting interested in Buddhism. It is easily understood and clear in its meaning. Makes you look at your actions in a new light and helps you to see alternative behavior, which is what so much of Buddhism is about. Good Book