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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.

Product Details

  • 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

Customer Reviews

Fantastic! A Must-Read For Anyone On the Buddhist Path or Looking to Live an Ethical Life!

 on November 5, 2017
By Michael
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.

More touchy feely than Aitken

One person found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2014
By Joe
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.

Thorough and Yet Concise

One person found this helpful.
 on August 27, 2012
By John R. Gigliotti
This book was recommended to me by a local Zen priest because of my Zen practice and questioning of how to live in a Zen manner. “Being Upright” did not disappoint. You will learn much about the precepts and have a good foundation upon what living in a manner that is “free from suffering” is all about. Reb Anderson mixes Zen stories and personal stories to make this book well-rounded. Definitely a book I will come back to when I want to be upright and stand still in this chaotic world.

In depth and detailed reflection of the Precepts. It …

 on May 27, 2016
By Manoj Ramakrishnan
In depth and detailed reflection of the Precepts. It makes one think in a precise and fresh way to understand and practice or even consider practicing the vows.

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts

 on April 11, 2012
By Kindle Customer
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

Just what I was looking for…

One person found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2013
By Gerald K. Yancey
“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.

Five stars

 on March 29, 2016
By Oshaunasy
So very helpful!

Most useful.

 on March 18, 2015
By Hannah Sullivan
A primer for navigating the precepts. I’ve read it twice and continue to refer to it.

Five Stars

 on March 2, 2015
By J. Visconti
Everyone thinking about a Buddhist practice should read thos

Five Stars

 on April 30, 2015
By Steven McGuire
Very well written and easily understandable.

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