Archive | Juni, 2012

Live awakened – Everyday Zen by Joko Beck

I bought this book back in 1997, got half-way through it, couldn’t understand it and went on with my life of everyday living, thinking, worrying, etc. that we all do in our lives. Not until a crisis of sorts came up did I pick it up again. This time, it all made sense. Living life in the present moment, right here, now. This was the first time I had encountered the radical suggestion: Our life is our practice! I reread it many times over the years and will do again and again. Joko Beck’s attitude: „Nothing to gain, nothing to lose“ might not be something you will like to hear. And it might take you years to understand. This book could be your entry to a deeper understanding and acceptance.

„Everyday Zen“ really helped me see how Zen can operate in the midst of modern life. One of the few books I can say is worth a multiple read.

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Zen meditation and understanding – Nothing special by Charlotte Joko Beck

If you ever feel reading about selfeducation and mindfulness you should give Charlotte Beck a chance. This book has accompanied me on my search for understanding on meditation, awareness and orientation in life for well over 15 years by now. I have always been fascinated by Joko Beck’s words but had and still have a hard time to accept all the implications and deeper meanings. She is a very, very strict person and yet ever so understanding and caring. By and by I manage to accept what she says instead of hanging on with my soothing illusions. She very much helped me to accept my responsibility, toward others, the world and myself.

You might not like what she has to say but it’s very likely that you feel she’s right. There is no book I have read so often as this one. I took it with me on my hikes and travel-light holidays , have bought and recommended it again and again. It’s very serious stuff but gave me comfort and made me stop whining.

I learned more about myself, Zen and meditation from this book than from any other I’ve read about these topics. Highly recommended reading.

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Confronting your ego – The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

Marlen Haushofer’s dystopian novel „The Wall“ presents its heroine and the reader of her diary with a rather weird situation: Overnight she has become separated from the world outside by an invisible wall. Assuming her isolation to be the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of survival and self-renewal.
Normally she lives in the city. Her hosts, her cousin with her husband, have failed to return from am evening out in the village nearby. A dog, a cat and a cow, who turns out to be pregnant, are her only companions in the woods. Like a female Robinson Crusoe the first-person narrator learns to live amidst and with nature.
I really didn’t expect to find much to enjoy in The Wall, but I was wrong. It is a very elemental story,very human, simple, not complex, but very touching and emotional.  I loved the encounter with the warmth of animals, their different characters, their need and reliability, the closeness you get to them, more than to any human being.

I’m sure, men don’t like this novel. In the end, when you think the heroine has found a way to survive, there is only aggression and devastation, and you needn’t speculate long about its source: It can only be male, and this cannot but make a female reader like me very angry.
You never get an answer to questions like who put up the wall and why and if all
the living creatures outside the wall are dead. Later, when I informed myself about the author Marlen Haushofer, I read that she suffered from an unfeeling husband in an unfulfilled marriage.



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„I want to save the world“ – Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Any story of orientation or initiation I compare with Salinger’s novel „The Catcher in the Rye“.

Holden Caulfield, the young hero, stumbles from one disastrous situation into the next, playing the would-be grown-up as cool as he can. I cannot but follow him on his odyssey with loads of sympathy, amusement and laughter.
 I found myself completely drawn into the rich, nuanced story of Holden Caulfield. I found myself empathizing with Caulfield from the very beginning.
I love these “I want to save the world” dreams that are a wonderful part of childhood and it is a shame that such ideas and beliefs are too often destroyed under the barrage of “you really need to grow up”.
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Allzeit Bestenliste der Bücher und Filme

Lesezeit ist zu kostbar, als daß wir auf dieser Webseite Verrisse posten wollen. Schlechte Bücher werden bei uns idR kommentarlos mißachtet. Daran soll sich keiner abarbeiten.

Sowieso möchte ich/Cnort nur solche Bücher und Filme besprechen, die ich mir gerne noch einmal angesehen habe oder das zumindest für sehr wahrscheinlich halte. Und sei es erst in Jahren oder über Jahre hinweg. Das ist sozusagen das beabsichtigte Standardkriterium, um hier überhaupt der Ehre meiner Besprechung würdig zu sein. Das gilt für meine Empfehlungen, Hanna ist da etwas lockerer.

At the desk reading on the computer

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Noch strenger selektieren wir bei den Allzeit besten/All time favs. In diese Kategorie schaffen es nur Bücher und Filme, von denen Hanna oder ich meinen, daß man etwas sehr Schönes verpaßt, wenn man sie nicht erlebt, gelesen und gesehen hat. Diese Bücher und Filme haben uns immer wieder gefallen, sind mehrmals gelesen oder als Film oft angeschaut worden. Werke, die uns berührt haben und von ihrer Faszination nichts eingebüßt haben. Sozusagen unsere ganz persönlichen Klassiker. Und natürlich sind wir geteilter Meinung, welche Werke dazugehören. Daher die separate Auflistung, denn bevor man sich nun endlos streitet……. So bleibt der Disput über die Zugehörigkeit zu dieser Edelkategorie ein Spaß, wenn auch manchmal ein stürmischer. Kann meine Webmasterdominanz ja nicht allzu schamlos ausreizen, sonst muß ich die Arbeit hier ganz alleine machen.

Wer uns also einen Vorschlag zur Besprechung machen möchte, darf sich gerne erst ein paar Gedanken machen, wo sich seine Empfehlung einordnen lassen würde. Zugesandte Bücher oder DVDs werden gerne aber ohne jegliche Garantie einer Besprechung angenommen und auch nicht zurückgesandt. Sie landen möglicherweise in unserer Grabbelkiste oder werden verschenkt.

Ob wir eine erzieherische Absicht haben? Neeeiiiiiin………..!  Ich doch nicht 😉


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