Living Everyday Zen
by Charlotte Joko Beck
Recorded live during a week long sesshin, these talks by Charlotte Joko Beck represent her first-ever audio
course and are classic examples of Beck’s no-nonsense style of teaching. While covering a range of topics from
neuroses to "spacing out" on the cushion, Beck returns again and again to the simple instruction just sit.
Beck is no proponent of the warm-fuzzy do-as-you-please style of practice; her advice is sincere and grounded
in a half century of study and practice, and without fail she delivers it in unvarnished terms. There are no
tricks or shortcuts, she tells us; there is only diligent, mindful practice if we are to progress on the path.
Feisty, practical, and straightforward, she engages in relaxed exchanges with her audience throughout the talks,
addressing the need for persistence, for recognizing misperceptions that interfere with correct practice, and for
identifying core beliefs that drive us to engage in mindless behavior.
Charlotte Joko Beck has studied with some of the most esteemed Buddhist teachers of the generation and is,
herself, a highly respected teacher and leader in the Buddhist community. While the sound quality of this audio
course is not the best, Beck’s words are clear, wise, and infinitely valuable. Living Everyday Zen contains
everything you need to know about sitting practice.
NOTE: Reviewer Deborah Adams
is the Flair and Macavity Award winning author of the Jesus Creek Mystery Series: All The
Great Pretenders, All The Crazy Winters, All The Dark Disguises, All The
Hungry Mothers, All The Deadly Beloved, All The Blood Relations, and All
The Dirty Cowards. She was also an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel.