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Resources about Zen Buddhism and Anger Transformation
Recommended Reading • Online Resources • Buddhist Terms • Download Anger Checklist
thecowintheparkinglot.com is pleased to provide resources related to Zen Buddhist practice, meditation and anger transformation. Recommended books have been central to our understanding of Buddhism, and contain the foundation elements of many of the anger transformation tools that we discuss in The Cow in The Parking Lot.
At the bottom of this page we also offer of a free download of an anger management checklist and tool that Leonard Scheff developed designed to help when a person first begins experiencing anger.
We are steadily adding new resources, and invite you to return to this page in the future!
Recommended books and audio about the difference between anger management
and anger transformation, Zen Buddhist practice and attaining happiness
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Snow Lion Publications
Ithaca, New York
The Art Of Happiness
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
The Light Inside the Dark
by John Tarrant Roshi
Harper Collins Publishers
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
by Jack Kornfield
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
by Paul Repps
Charles E. Tuttle Co.
Online resources about Buddhism, meditation and experiencing happiness
About His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama
The official website of the Office of His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness is both the temporal and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
About the groundbreaking book by His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living was a groundbreaking collaboration between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., a Phoenix-based psychiatrist.
This website pertains to and explores the essential principles of The Art of Happiness with articles and research on Neuroscience and Positive Psychology for practical application.
Beginning with a small first printing in 1998 the book rapidly spread by word of mouth to become a classic manual on human happiness that has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone.
The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for almost two years, and has become a source of help and inspiration to millions of readers throughout the world.
About the teachings of John Tarrant Roshi and the activities of the Pacific Zen Institute
After 20 years of teaching koans in a classical way, John Tarrant Roshi, the founder of PZI, developed a new way of teaching koans in a setting that requires no experience with meditation or Zen. The emphasis is on taking one step into freedom.
About Zen Desert Sangha in Tucson
Zen Desert Sangha is a lay Buddhist meditation group affiliated with the Diamond Sangha. Zen Desert Sangha began in May 1982 in a wonderful spirit of faith in Zen practice and in an open democratic process that would be truly open to all. Everyone is welcome to join them for meditation at any scheduled time. The zendo is located in Tucson Arizona at 3226 North Martin Avenue -- one-half block north of Fort Lowell Road, one block to the west of Campbell Avenue.
About Leonard Scheff's Anger Transformation workshops
Following his own anger transformation experience, Leonard Scheff created the "Letting Go of Anger" workshops, which he actively teaches. Additional information about the workshops and the Buddhist view of anger can be found on the website.
A Brief Overview of Buddhist Terms
From The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen, Shambhala Publications, 1991
Buddha A person who has achieved the enlightenment that leads to release from the cycle of existence and obtained complete liberation. "The Buddha" refers to the historical person who founded Buddhism also known as the Shakyamuni Buddha or Siddhartha Guatama.
Bodhisattva A person who seeks buddhahood through the systematic practice of the virtues but renounces complete entry into nirvana until all beings are saved.
Dharma The cosmic law underlying our world. Norms of behavior and ethical rules. Manifestation of the general state of reality, affairs, thing, phenomenon.
Karma The universal law of cause and effect. The burden or benefit of karma can result from volitional acts that are morally bad or morally good. Only a deed that is free from desire, hate and delusion is without karmic effect.
Koan A phrase or story that points to ultimate reality. It is a paradox designed to confound logical or conceptual thinking.
Maitri Benevolence toward all beings, including oneself.
Marana Literally "death." However, it is used to refer to the passing away of Maya.
Maya Deception, illusion, appearance. The view of reality which an unenlightened mind takes as the only reality.
Samadhi Collectedness of the mind on a single object through the calming of mental activity.
Satori Zen term for the experience of awakening. Also referred to as Kensho.
Sutras The teachings of the Buddha as recorded by others, which always start with "Thus I have heard..."
Zendo A place where zen meditation is practiced.
Download Anger Checklist DOWNLOAD PDF
As part of writing The Cow in The Parking Lot and conducting Buddhist anger transformation workshops and seminars, Leonard Scheff has created a simple checklist for people to reference when they begin to experience anger.
The checklist is reproduced on our free pdf download in two formats: a credit card size version that is designed to be laminated and carried in a wallet, and a 4x6 inch version that fits standard photo frames -- perfect for desktop use and helping overcome office anger issues!
The pdf prints on standard 8.5 x 11 paper, and contains both formats.
Click here to download our anger checklist.
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