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by Lin Jensen

In Together Under One Roof, Lin Jensen turns his keen eye and powerful prose explicitly to the teachings of the Buddha, to traditional Zen stories, and to the practices of meditation and compassion--as well as the intricacies of everyday language and the natural world, truth and beauty, family, and the myriad ways our simplest actions affect our whole lives. His previous two works, memoirs of growing up and growing old and of the hard-won but gentle wisdom gained in his daily public meditations for peace, were both critical successes earning a special place in readers' hearts. This book takes up symphonic variations on one main theme: we are all "in it" together, we are all living under one roof--and there's always a glowing hearth right here in this, the Buddha's household.
Download Together Under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha's Household epub
ISBN: 0861715543
ISBN13: 978-0861715541
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Buddhism
Author: Lin Jensen
Language: English
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (August 5, 2008)
Pages: 276 pages
ePUB size: 1359 kb
FB2 size: 1939 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 752
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Every time Lin Jensen releases a new book, I get a copy because of his down-to-earth wisdom and his commitment to take public stands (I should say "sits") for peace and for the earth. Here he tells the inspiring story of a group of middle and high school students in Los Angeles who acted for the earth by monitoring the dying L.A. River. He says, "Surely these enlightened youngsters descending into the scummy muck of what was once the Los Angeles River . . . are the bodhisattvas of our times. Their innocent delight in discovering there the least thing that still survives and grows is a measure of the heart's own native wisdom. Their seemingly hopeless undertaking to save the river measures the courage of the bodhisattva's vow to save all beings."

I appreciate his rehearsal of Zen wisdom about how to begin. "To enter Zen is to enter your own life, which can only be done from exactly where you are. If you feel lost or confused or worried, enter from there. If you are happy or sad or angry or frightened or elated, enter from there." Then he points out that though obviously there is no other place to start than where we are, we often are not in touch with ourselves enough to know just where that is. So first we must ask ourselves, "Where am I?" and be willing to look honestly at what we discover. Jensen encourages us not only to see where we are but to let ourselves experience it. He suggested to a student who wanted to control her anger that she go along with it instead of resisting it. "I don't mean necessarily indulging the feeling by acting on it or weaving a self-justifying story regarding its nature. But it helps to bed down with whatever feeling or mood I'm resisting and acquaint myself with the nature of its appeal for me."

I also appreciate Jensen's underlining this: though we desire to be compassionate, it may not ever be "possible to actually lift the weight of another's suffering from his shoulders, but it is sometimes possible to keep him company until he feels better." Sometimes "suffering with" is the only option, and may often be the best one.
Every Jensen book I’ve read has been a joy. This one is no different. Practical and wise, this book helps me find my way.
Disclaimer: Lin has been a teacher of mine for about 10 years, and is a good friend.

That said, I've read a great many books of Buddhist teaching. Lin cuts to the chase--the real stuff of life. I highly recommend this book.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Lin Jensen shares his experiences of applying Buddhist teachings to life in an open-hearted, honest and accessible way that makes him among the most effective and moving contemporary Buddhist writers. I will give this book to people I love and will read again myself time and time again, gaining more with each reading. This book deeply enhances each reader's life. I am very grateful to Lin Jensen for sharing his wisdom and experience with us all.
According to Lin Jensen (and Zen teachings), the Buddha's household is all the world. This wonderful book is full of unadorned, simple and practical wisdom for getting along with our varied housemates and making things as comfortable for them as possible. This is a book that needs to be read and re-read and read again, a good friend.