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It's one thing to lead a focused and peaceful life in the quiet seclusion of an ashram or monastery, but what about where most of us actually live--in a noisy metropolis or bustling suburb, constantly inundated with the world's latest disturbing news? Hip, helpful, and humorous, City Dharma teaches you how to keep your cool even when the road to enlightenment leads you strIt's one thing to lead a focused and peaceful life in the quiet seclusion of an ashram or monastery, but what about where most of us actually live--in a noisy metropolis or bustling suburb, constantly inundated with the world's latest disturbing news? Hip, helpful, and humorous, City Dharma teaches you how to keep your cool even when the road to enlightenment leads you straight through downtown at rush hour.When we're cut off in traffic, crammed on the subway, or elbowed aside on a crowded street, such thoughtless or aggressive behavior can make our blood pressure rise and our serenity disappear. But it doesn't have to be this way. In City Dharma, Arthur Jeon suggests that it’s not what happens to us, but how we react to events and thoughts that causes most of our suffering.City Dharma is the essential guide for everyone living in the accelerated world most of us call home. Offering smart, practical ways to overcome daily stresses and the crazy-making reactivity of our own minds, Jeon explores the most challenging aspects of modern urban and suburban life, including:Another Day, Another DollarAvoid Working StiffnessWalking Down a Dark AlleyAwareness and Violence Sex and the City DharmaSeeking Love vs. Expressing LoveScaring Ourselves to DeathTranscending Media NegativityRoad RageDealing with Mad Max Within and WithoutDrawing wisdom from the ancient Eastern teachings of Advaita Vedanta and filled with engaging stories, City Dharma offers a new way of seeing the world--one that is based on connection rather than separation, direct experience rather than belief, and love instead of fear.From the Hardcover edition....

Title : City Dharma: Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos
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ISBN : 9781400049097
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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City Dharma: Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos Reviews

  • Cherie
    2019-05-26 19:41

    A Every New Yorker should read this book--every city goer even! This book gives some terrific instruction on how to be mindful and compassionate while living in the city. A lot of times I forget about my Buddhist education and go around acting like a rude New Yorker--this book has reminded me to offer love to strangers, and be present in each and every moment. I love it!

  • Jessica Sideways
    2019-06-04 16:53

    Honestly, Arthur Jeon is an awesome author and both City Dharma and Sex, Love and Dharma haven't gotten enough media attention.

  • Fate's Lady
    2019-05-26 11:31

    The whole white guru thing started making me uncomfortable almost immediately, including the fact that the teachers he mentions directly learning from have Western names. The philosophy that this book delivers was just as watered down as I feared, and was full of white male arrogance. He mentions visiting South Africa and witnessing disgusting racism (complete with slurs, which he prints in full several times) and he pays himself on the back for having compassion for the racist he's hanging out with. He very explicitly does not ever speak or act in any way against the racist threats, even when it looks like it could escalate into violence. When DOES he step in ever? How about back in the States, where he touches an agitated man without the man's consent because he's SO enlightened, and then calls the man demented behind his back when someone else calms him down. He acknowledges this as a mistake, but honestly I couldn't imagine anyone but a white man with his head up his ass thinking that touching an agitated stranger is acceptable. DNF

  • Chris
    2019-06-17 14:25

    We'd had this on our shelf for a long time, probably since shortly after it was published, and I finally gave it a try. I'm glad I did, I really liked it. It's not perfect – I felt it was a bit long-winded, and a few of his anecdotes seemed kind of shoe-horned in – but as an introduction to a dharma viewpoint on life, I thought it was good. I've taken ideas from it that I think will stick with me for a long time, and also plan to read and learn more in this vein.

  • Mark
    2019-06-05 12:44

    Thought provoking answers for how to live in a society that's almost by definition, clinically insane. Without guru-izing, or preaching, Jeon uses instances out of his own experiences to illustrate a number of categories of modern angst- Work, sex, traffic, beggars, and much more, and how to solve your individual anxieties in their midst. Probably the first self-help book in years that wasn't getting some action off doling out "free advice." Jeon allows for individual consciousness perceptions and doesn't lay trips down, just points out ways toward a mindful existence in a society seemingly more devoid of conscience and compassion every day. I liked this one.

  • Sara
    2019-06-05 11:49

    I really, really loved this book.Excellent portrayal of how to apply the dharma to life in the city.The only chapter I didn't devour and agree with and find helpful was the one about Heaven/Hell - the author's view is neither exists, and he doesn't take a fully athiestic standpoint in the sense that he says God is Us and Heaven/Hell is all around us but he basically thinks death = the end, period - which I just don't believe. Everything else was spot on, funny, and totally relatable.

  • Angela SImpson
    2019-06-12 18:48

    Seriously a fantastic read regarding common situations that everyone runs across in life and how you can perceptually change the way you view a potentially upsetting scenario into something positive. This book WILL be sitting on my book shelf for years to come and I know I'll go back to it at some point for a review.

  • Liz
    2019-05-23 16:43

    pretty cool so far.... Update:BOO! I actually want to give it a negative star, please. I had to quit reading before I was even half way through... Too fluffy. A Buddhist book for Christians - too many God/Christian analogies. Blah. It was promising in the beginning, but just went downhill from there... Is this un-Buddhist of me?

  • Jacqi
    2019-05-23 15:52

    I got just about nothing from this book. It's not Buddhist, contrary to what the author keeps making you want to believe. I also felt it was rather judgmental, especially towards the end and overly self righteous. I was hoping so much from this book and received just about nothing. There were two fingers worth of advice towards the beginning and the rest of the book was rather a waste of time.

  • Liz
    2019-05-29 15:40

    It's funny to think before there was "A New Earth", there was dharma.... this book would be great for anyone who is following the new earth guidelines, because it gives a great realistic view of how to handle quieting of the mind and living in the present in a city with all the city stuff...

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-19 16:37

    Please don't let the name throw you off. One doesn't have to practice Buddhism to get something out of this. Anyone who can relate to the struggle of maintaining peace while living from day-to-day can benefit from reading this book.

  • Cindy Lord
    2019-06-09 16:35

    Feeling a bit frazzeled by the construction site next door I picked up these words of wisdom to help me ward off the stress of city living, and ``other people''. Now I'm slightly more sanguine. It's one rung above mundane in content and totally mundane in writing style. Bit of a plod.

  • Jane
    2019-05-29 19:47

    This was an excellent book about learning to live more - and appreciate and accept - the present, and how it can even save your life! Well worth reading for anyone that is looking to improve their life from within.

  • Kristan
    2019-06-06 11:31

    I really liked this book. It spoke to me. Maybe you need to be born and raised in chaos to appreciate it...or perhaps not necessary interested in judging the authentic "buddhistness" of Jeon's voice. (which by the way I do find redundant.) :)

  • Jeanette
    2019-06-16 11:49

    Just ok....nothing great

  • Emily QQ
    2019-06-15 12:26

    Really good reminder of how to deal with day-to-day challenges of city life and keep a calm and peaceful outlook on things.

  • Daniel
    2019-06-04 19:55

    É um livro pra se manter perto, de preferência na cabeceira da cama pra nos chacoalhar de vez em quando.

  • Lore
    2019-06-10 19:55

    Just Read It, please.