Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman: La Duda and Zen master

"Love action is the correct action. It is as simple as shake hands with someone who stumbles or pick up a child who has fallen to the ground. We take these actions as a natural fact, live every day in our lives... Each one is simply the best possible response to the situation at the time,"says Bernie Glassman. By Koncha pines-Pey for space MIMIND.

Doubt and the Zen masterThe Zen master Bernie Glassman He is a pioneer of world renown in the American Zen movement. It is also a spiritual leader, a reputed author, with great academic success, with a doctorate in applied mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peace Makers.

After having spent decades teaching Zen and now working in socially engaged Buddhism, since the 1970s, serving in projects socially committed around the world. His international agenda includes intensive workshops, conferences and visits. But the most notable are "trips to the field", to serve as agent peacemaker in all the hot spots on the planet.

In his latest book shared with the Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges, Doubt and Zen master, Roshi Bernie Glassman offers an intimate portrait of the relationship between a student and a teacher, a sort of compendium between spiritual life and Buddhist philosophy. Doubt and the Zen master It captures the vital dialogue between those seeking to definitely attain enlightenment, reflecting the importance of giving appropriate in a difficult world visions. I have read this book during my flights this summer, and I have to say that find me it impressive. I think that it is a book that you can truly change life.

In the first chapters of the book Bernie said: "thinking is not the problem, but expect a certain result, because we like to make life perfect. We can become so obsessed that we don't already do nothing without an object... We are caught in the expectations, attachments that we undertake with a final result".

It is a book that speaks of two people living a good life with compassion and happiness... and, most importantly, with a great sense of humor. Does not lack you've ever seen the Great Lembowski to enjoy. Jeff Bridges He explains his fascinating career as an actor and how to use the detachment in Hollywood. "Some days of my career has been good, some good and some not so good... and not need to ignore it if the day is good or bad, only to act". Jeff tells us how to start the minds of the non-attachment, and how the autopilot makes us go into things and end up in places where you don't want to go.

Conversations between friends

It is not a so-called self-help book, that is no longer fashionable in the United States, or either intends to sell you Zen. Those views are wrong. It's just a book full of observations and conversations between two friends who tell us how your life has been and how have perceived things from impermanence. Accept things as they come, without expectations is better than follow frustrated.

When he was asked to Glassman because he had decided to do a book with Bridges, said that "because it is normal, it is not someone who wants to be special. It is already famous. It is comic, open and many people listen to him. It is a liberal type, without having to be supposedly Zen, or in favour of the Tibetan cause". Bridges was challenged by a Zen master who was nothing formal and did not have any expectations.

Before becoming a Zen master, Glassman was mathematician and engineer and worked in the aerospace industry, until he made the leap to the Zen. Because basically, it noted that everything in life was Zen. Everything we do, everything we call action, is the intention of living in the world without suffering and without causing harm to others, pretending to alleviate our own pain without creating more suffering.

Glassman is trained with the legendary Zen master Maexumi Roshi, who brought Zen to the West. Bridges tells us that when you meditate simply adjustments are made to the space of the "self" and that is the same as an actor does. It is making a scene, then another, and another, and increasingly will make adjustments until you reach the space of the present time.

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By • 2 Sep, 2013 • section: General