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Paperback Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life Book

ISBN: 0874772095

ISBN13: 9780874772098

Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life

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More than a thousand years ago a Chinese Zen Master wrote: Magical Power, Marvelous Action Chopping Wood, Carrying Water... The message is as true today as it was then: the greatest lessons and the profoundest heights of the spiritual path can be found in our everyday life. It is the greatest challenge for people living in contemporary society to find the spiritual aspects of working in an office, store, or factory; balancing a checkbook; raising...

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A Masterpiece of Mindfulness

Chope Wood, Carry Water is, surely, a classic masterwork...as timely in the 21st century as in the 20th.

Eclectic gathering of wisdom to live happier

This book pulls wisdom from many sources to cover topics across all aspects of life. It is a good book to have handy for difficult times or just a bad day.

Awesome as ever !

Just under 290 pages this is a classic that has just as much meaning in 2001 as it did the first time I read it 20 years ago. A book I cannot help buying, over and over when copies get lent out and the message keeps getting passed on. 15 Chapters. Beginnings; Learning; Intimate Realtionships; Sex; family; Work; Money; Play; Tuning the Body; Healing; Technology; The Earth; Social Action; Inner Guidance; Perils of the Path. Etc. The subtitle actually explains better than anything what the book is all about. "A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life". The Chop Wood Carry Water comes from a thousand year old Chinese Zen Master who spoke of the spiritual aspect of everyday things. This reminded me (I am not a Christian) of reading where the wife of Billy Graham, Ruth Graham has a small plaque in her kitchen that says "Godly service done here daily" or something to that effect. This is what this book is all about. AAppreciating the simple joy of things like sex, gathering with community to make the earth healthier and fight injustice etc etc. The Chop Wood Carry Water book has been helpful so often in reminding me that their is joy and honour in doing the laundry, cleaning, paying bills, bathing, cooking, and doing what many people sadly think is boring everyday needs. In this day and age where people rush here and there and express a sense of loss, because they feel they need to always be doing something noticable, I think this book would be a great healing tool, in teaching people that doing the "chores" of life, can in fact be a relaxing and growth enhancing activity.

Phenomenal reference.

This book outlines so many aspects of our daily living and then injects spirituality in a way that synergizes the mundane and the sublime.Such an incredible source of wisdom for living the practical/everyday in a full-hearted and spiritual manner.

A wonderful guide to spiritual enlightenment

I found this book to be a wonderful bridge from a seemingly unspiritual world to the path toward enlightenment. I have been carrying my copy with me for seven years and refer to it quite often. In the last seven years I have embarked upon a relationship that I care deeply about and have also become a father twice. I have also grown within myself to understand better what it truly means to work with people not necessarily for or against them.This book has been my steadfast companion through all of this and I have recommended it often.I hope that you will find it as helpful a stanchion as I have.
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