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The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John Daido Loori

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31. Mai 2005
For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace.

Zen Buddhism is steeped in the arts. In spiritual ways, calligraphy, poetry, painting, the tea ceremony, and flower arranging can point us toward our essential, boundless nature. Brilliantly interpreting the teachings of the artless arts, Loori illuminates various elements that awaken our creativity, among them still point, the center of each moment that focuses on the tranquility within; simplicity, in which the creative process is uncluttered and unlimited, like a cloudless sky; spontaneity, a way to navigate through life without preconceptions, with a freshness in which everything becomes new; mystery, a sense of trust in the unknown; creative feedback, the systematic use of an audience to receive noncritical input about our art; art koans, exercises based on paradoxical questions that can be resolved only through artistic expression. Loori shows how these elements interpenetrate and function not only in art, but in all our endeavors.

Beautifully illustrated and punctuated with poems and reflections from Loori’s own spiritual journey, The Zen of Creativity presents a multilayered, bottomless source of insight into our creativity. Appealing equally to spiritual seekers, artists, and veteran Buddhist practitioners, this book is perfect for those wishing to discover new means of self-awareness and expression—and to restore equanimity and freedom amid the vicissitudes of our lives.

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“A well-written, wise, insightful book on creativity and Zen, a subject made all the more intriguing and persuasive by Daido Loori’s long experience as a student and teacher in both. The text is enhanced by fine Zen dialogues and stories, poems, koan, photographs, and illustrations as well as apt, stimulating quotations from many writers and Zen teachers. An altogether excellent book.”

“Zen is the immediate suchness and spontaneity of life, a creativity that is art itself. John Daido Loori, one of the truly great American Zen masters, has given us a simple yet profound guide to art, creativity, and life itself—for they all spring from the same source, the same ordinary magic of this and every moment. The Zen of Creativity is a rare, elegant, beautiful book, highly recommended.”
—KEN WILBER, author of A Brief History of Everything

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John Daido Loori is one of the most well-known and respected Zen teachers in the United States. He is a successor of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi and has received transmission in both Soto and Rinzai lineages of Zen. He is the author of numerous books, including Mountain Record of Zen Talks, Making Love with Light, and Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment.

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In the fall of 1980, after I completed Zen training in Los Angeles with my teacher, Maexumi Roshi, I came to the East Coast with the intention of establishing a Zen arts centera place where Zen training would be used as the vehicle for studying, enhancing, and cultivating a creative life. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Change your life. 25. Juni 2004
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This book is a change of pace of artistic method. Precise and evocative, it's more like a cool drink of water on a quiet country afternoon, than the usual, breathless books on creativity that push you to produce, produce, produce. Here the focus is not on squeezing your mind for ideas, but on the quiet observation of oneself and life, and the exact origin of those mysteries we call inspiration, block, connection, as well as exercises to encourage us to trust our inspirations and see through the places we are blocked. It's about trusting yourself rather than about pushing for ideas.
All the pushing--it's as if to say that you can be creative and not necessarily have it change the rest of your life. There is the problem of the artist or writer who drinks or uses drugs, perhaps to avoid confronting the need for change. This book is holistic: "...make a choice about what's important, and... let go of all the rest," Loori says (p. 154) in the section about simplicity. When you think about all the pressures that keep us from our creative selves, all the things we think we need that cost time and money, create worries that disturb our minds and block our creative output or influence our work for the worse, when the real problem requires that we go deeper and identify the changes we need to make, even begin to make them with Loori's gentle and persuasive support. You will sense him there, offering himself as guide, and offering his experiences of raising a family, changing career from scientist to photographer to Zen master, founding a monastery where thousands of people have gone for retreats on Zen and Zen arts.
A work of art itself, The Zen of Creativity also has beautiful black and white illustrations that are used as examples. If you are willing to slow down and take a close look at your mind and at your artistic process, then I think you will really enjoy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Basis for Spirituality in Art and Life 26. Dezember 2004
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This is a wonderful book. My older daughter gave me a copy for Christmas and I have been reading it with rapt attention (a good Buddhist word!) John Daido Loori, who was at one time a physical chemist and is now a Zen priest, shares with us his innermost thoughts on what creativity means to a practitioner of Zen, as well as to himself as a photographer and artist. Indeed, it means a lot! The attention given to seemingly simple tasks is the stuff of the best science, the best art and the best of religion. This book is well worth reading for anyone who would like to understand the creative act, even if they do not follow the practice of Zen. Indeed, "The Zen of Creativity" is a well prepared, but sensible, literary meal to be savored with each page.

The chapters are punctuated with quotations from the writings of Suzuki, Thoreau, Koestler, Emerson, Rilke, Dogen, Da Vinci, Gaugain, T. S. Eliot, Whitman and Einstein. Each has been well selected and fits with Loori's prose. The book is written with both seriousness and good humor. While I cannot agree with everything Loori writes (I find his one astrological encounter a bit odd, but than he never explains it as anything other than a strange prediction that somehow came true- I suspect that this had more to do with the astrologers shrewd judgment of personality than the alignment of the stars) I find myself agreeing with over 90 percent of it. He has a way of touching the essential points that I find refreshing in this troubled time. If only religion was always approached in such a reasonable way, we might not be in our current predicament!

If you are interested in art, photography, poetry, or Buddhism, or just in getting a fresh perspective on these subjects, this is a book you really should read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Story and a Practical Guide 13. August 2004
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I'm amazed. The Zen of Creativity is a wonderful story about the journey of reknowned Zen Master John Daido Loori into creativity. Told in Mr. Loori's inimicable and engaging voice, it relates touching and often humorous stories from his life. It also offers quite practical exercises to enrich one's creative experience. In short, a must-read for anyone actively pursuing a creative life or simply interested in the subject. Grade A.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not just a read through, but a journey. 27. August 2009
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I must say that this book spoke to me on a very deep level. I read a couple of lines from it while browsing and was stopped cold. In those few words Mr Loori had summed up much of what my life was about. This touched me so profoundly that I knew the book was for me, tears actually began to well in my eyes. One does not merely read this book, one enters it, as a practice, as a journey, one of great personal discovery. In a section titled "Jeweled Mirror" the author covers feedback groups and how to view art, not from the standpoint of criticism, but from the feelings evoked. He has a photograph and instruction for quieting the mind and viewing the image in a specific way. It is an amazing exercise! This book opens ones eyes to more than creative possibilities, but to deep personal insights as well. You cannot enter it and leave unchanged, unless you are already a Buddha.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spirituality and creativity 21. Juli 2008
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The Zen of Creativity is not only an artist's guide to enhance your creativity. It is also a journey into the Zen philosophy with the guidance of a great master. In reading the book you will be encouraged to find the reason why you take a camera and choose to shoot a certain subject. After reading the book you will probably start looking inside yourself before releasing the shutter.
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