White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Your Career Goals

Hardcover | March 23, 2005

bySteven Heine

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It is said that in traditional Japan the samurai embraced Zen because it helped them to be fearless in adversity, to act quickly and decisively, and to keep focused on their ultimate goal. In White Collar Zen, Steven Heine shows how, by applying Zen principles in our working lives, we canachieve the same results for ourselves. Heine describes the way Zen embraces two different yet harmonious paths. The Way of the Hermit teaches detachment--the mental clarity you need to view your situation dispassionately and impartially, to perceive who is an ally and who is a competitor, to understand what is possible and what isnot. The Way of the Warrior teaches the ability to act without hesitation at the proper moment. Together, they can prepare you to meet the challenges of the modern professional world. Heine offers a step-by-step approach to attaining these skills and applying them in daily life. Using real-worldexamples interwoven with sayings and stories from the Zen tradition, he shows how Zen can help in situations ranging from gaining a deserved promotion to overcoming obstacles that arise from a breakdown in teamwork. He makes it clear that in Zen the path to personal success must be one that valuesintegrity, respects every individual, emphasizes cooperation, and serves the goals of the larger group. Replete with practical advice, White Collar Zen will appeal to many of the same readers who have made The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings so successful. It will certainly fascinate anyone interested in applying Zen principles to achieving professional excellence.

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It is said that in traditional Japan the samurai embraced Zen because it helped them to be fearless in adversity, to act quickly and decisively, and to keep focused on their ultimate goal. In White Collar Zen, Steven Heine shows how, by applying Zen principles in our working lives, we canachieve the same results for ourselves. He...

Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Director of Asian Studies at Florida International University. A well-known authority on Buddhism and Japanese culture, he gives workshops based on the techniques described in this book. His books include Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters and Buddhism in the Mod...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 5.79 × 8.31 × 0.91 inPublished:March 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"A gem that accomplishes one of the prime missions of Zen, the ageless directive to introduce insight and compassion into the situation at hand. Via the inner dynamics of the Zen encounter, Steven Heine presents for modern use a major Zen motif, the deep balancing of contemplative awareness,here symbolized by the Hermit, and its application to the world, represented by the Warrior. This book will help foster individual success through practical lessons presented humorously, with contemporary examples as well as venerable Zen stories that offer wider vantage from which to functionfreely and think outside the box of stale structures. But more important than personal advantage, these guidelines for good teamwork will promote beneficial cooperation in our world, at a time when we surely are in need of such." --Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Faces of Compassion: ClassicBodhisattva Archetypes, and translator of Dogen's Extensive Record