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THE PROBLEM AND THE PLAN
HERESIES
WHAT ZEN IS NOT
WHAT ZEN IS
OUTCOMES
QUALITY
EASTERNTRAPPINGS
ZAZEN
BREATHING
THE DEVIL AND THE DARKSIDE
ENLIGHTENMENT
PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
THE BRAIN
ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE
INHIBITION
CONSCIOUSNESS
THOUGHT
MENTAL DISCIPLINE
EMOTIONALITY
DEALING WITH EMOTIONS
INTUITION
REFLECTION
THE SELF
THE SELF ACTUAL PERSON
THE ALTERNATIVE TO SELF GROWTH
ATTACHMENT
THE EXISTENTIALWHY
THE GIST OF ZEN
REALITY
CHANGE
EXPERIENCE
THE UNDIVIDED PRESENT
THE NATURAL MIND
CONTROL
CONCENTRATION
DOING
NON-ATTACHMENT
IN THE MASTER’SWORDS
OTHER PEOPLE
COMPLAINING
RETALIATION
INTOLERANCE
HARD EXISTENTIAL REALITY
THE INTUITIVE MIND REVISITED
AMERICANHARMONIES
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
POLITICAL FREEDOM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
TRANSCENDENTALISM
Emerson
Thoreau
AMERICAN SKEPTICISM AND PRAGMATISM
William James
Santayanna
John Dewey
WESTERNTRAPPINGS
THE NATURAL MIND REVISITED
THETACTICAL MIND
OFTIME AND EVENTS
OFTIME AND CONSCIOUS INTUITION
THE ROLE OF PREPARATION AND PRACTICE
THETWO AREAS OF CONCERN
THE PROGRAM
THE METHOD
THE EYES
THE PROCESS
THE LAUGHING MASTERS
THE EGO ITSELF AS A DEFENSE MECHANISM
COMPENSATION
DENIAL OF REALITY
DISPLACEMENT
DISSOCIATION
DISTORTION
EMOTIONAL INSULATION
FLIGHT INTO REALITY
IDEALIZATION
INTELLECTUALIZATION
INTROJECTION
WITHDRAWAL
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Western Zen

Western Zen

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Western Zen undertakes the task of stripping away the religious trappings of Zen to reveal the practical theory of mind beneath. While Western culture conditions the physical being in hundreds of constructive ways, we are haphazard in our conditioning of the mental being. We teach it to read, write, do numbers, and know facts, but otherwise leave mental life to wander as it pleases. What is missing is a practical theory for conditioning the mind. Zen's intuitive psychology fills this void. It not only describes processes of inner conditioning that can make positive improvements in our conscious life, it unites these results with the arts of performance creating more effective human behavior. Remarkably, this psychology in Zen is no foreign import. Its reality is well explained by Western Psychology, and is fully reflected throughout the course of American Intellectual Tradition. Western Zen takes the hidden truth in Eastern Zen, shines the light of Western Reason upon it, and makes the deeper intuitive psychology universal. The practical conditioning of the mind and the emotions to good effect is possible in terms completely consistent with Western science. The end result is a mastery of your inner life and a finer quality in your human experience.
Western Zen undertakes the task of stripping away the religious trappings of Zen to reveal the practical theory of mind beneath. While Western culture conditions the physical being in hundreds of constructive ways, we are haphazard in our conditioning of the mental being. We teach it to read, write, do numbers, and know facts, but otherwise leave mental life to wander as it pleases. What is missing is a practical theory for conditioning the mind. Zen's intuitive psychology fills this void. It not only describes processes of inner conditioning that can make positive improvements in our conscious life, it unites these results with the arts of performance creating more effective human behavior. Remarkably, this psychology in Zen is no foreign import. Its reality is well explained by Western Psychology, and is fully reflected throughout the course of American Intellectual Tradition. Western Zen takes the hidden truth in Eastern Zen, shines the light of Western Reason upon it, and makes the deeper intuitive psychology universal. The practical conditioning of the mind and the emotions to good effect is possible in terms completely consistent with Western science. The end result is a mastery of your inner life and a finer quality in your human experience.

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