Jeff Wilson started his walk on the Buddha’s
path as a Zen practitioner—taking up a tradition of vigorous
self-effort, intensive meditation, and meticulous attention to rectitude
in every action. But in Jeff’s case, rather than freeing him from his suffering, he found those Zen practices made him nothing short of insufferable. And so he turned to Shin Buddhism—a path that is easily the most popular in Zen’s native land of Japan but is largely unknown in the West.
Shin emphasizes an “entrusting heart,” a heart that is able to
receive with gratitude every moment of our mistake-filled and busy
lives. Moreover, through walking the Shin path, Jeff comes see that each
of us (himself especially included) are truly “foolish beings,” people
so filled with endlessly arising “blind passions” and ingrained habits
that we so easily cause harm even with our best intentions. And even so,
Shin holds out the tantalizing possibility that, by truly entrusting
our foolish selves to the compassionate universe, we can learn to see
how this foolish life, just as it is, is nonetheless also a life of
Buddhism of the Heart is a wide-ranging book of essays and
open-hearted stories, reflections that run the gamut from intensely
personal to broadly philosophical, introducing the reader to a
remarkable religious tradition of compassionate acceptance.
234 pages. Paperback.