Everything Is the Way by Elihu Genmyo Smith

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Smith counsels that whether we are sitting, walking, or eating, we are being who we are.
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These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything  that’s enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it’s refreshing be reminded that Zen is at heart a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit—in order to free ourselves from the suffering the dream imposes on us. Elihu Genmyo Smith’s eminently practical Zen teaching never loses sight of that central concern: Whether it takes the form of zazen (meditation), koan work, or just eating your breakfast, the aim of Zen practice is always nothing other than intimacy with ourselves and everything around us.
 

About Elihu Genmyo Smith

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Elihu Genmyo Smith is the resident teacher of the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois, and one of the co-founders, with Charlotte Joko Beck, of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose teachers include such well-known Zen authors as Diane Rizzetto, Ezra Bayda, and Elizabeth Hamilton, as well as Barry Magid. Genmyo has practiced Zen for around thirty-five years, beginning as a student of Soen Nakagawa and Eido Tai Shimano, then he trained with Maezumi Roshi, who ordained him, and then with Charlotte Joko Beck. He was her first dharma heir, and remains close to her. He teaches extensively around the Midwest/Chicago area, though he ventures beyond that as well. He's also associated with Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers. He blogs on "current events, books, and random themes" on his blog Clouds (clouds-genmyo.blogspot.com).
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 307 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Zara Raab on Oct 17 2012

Smith counsels that whether we are sitting, walking, or eating, we are being who we are.

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Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by GRAHAM CHRISTIAN on Jul 16 2012

Revelatory for the Buddhist practitioner; fluent and fascinating for the general reader.

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Buddha Space

Good
Reviewed by Buddha Space on Jul 07 2012

...has written an excellent Dharma book, full of such practical advice on how to realize and keep sight of our Unborn Buddha-Mind.

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