Zen Cancer Wisdom - Table of Contents

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Foreword
Introduction

I. Practical Navigation Wisdom

1. Learning is Not the Path · 9
How Much is Enough Information?

2. Head Like a Coconut · 12
Remembering the Important Stuff

3. Not-Knowing Mind · 15
Staying Open to Options

4. Flawless Jade · 19
Looking Good, Regardless

5. To Know The Road Ahead, Ask Someone Returning · 22
Getting Answers to Key Questions

6. The Expert Archer Does Not Try to Hit the Target · 25
Learn Something New

7. Empty Your Cup! · 28
Being Flexible

8. Beware the Three-Inch Scholar · 30
Find the Experts

9. The Supreme Way is Not Difficult · 32
Choosing What Fits

10. Without Words, Without Silence · 34
Reaching Out to Others

11. Do Not Fight with Another’s Bow and Arrow · 36
Following Your Own Path

12. When Two Thieves Meet, They Need No Introduction · 39
Sharing in Community

13. The Build Goodness Temple · 41
Welcoming the Positive

14. Tame the First Lion · 45
Trying New Approaches

15. You Can’t Call it a Wooden Stool · 47
Making Tough Decisions

16. When the Moon Reaches the Window · 51
Setting Simple Goals

17. The Ultimate Teaching · 53
Remembering What Matters

II. Soothing Your Spirit

18. Tree Stumps · 59
Developing a Meditation Practice

19. Meditation in Action · 62
Bringing Presence Into Your Day

20. Make Every Place a Temple · 64
Creating a Home Altar

21. Be A Light Unto Yourself · 67
Slowing Down and Checking In

22. The Sound of One Hand Clapping · 70
Listening Meditation

23. The Mind is an Unruly Monkey · 73
Stilling the Mind

24. Donkey Milk · 76
Looking for Spiritual Teachers

25. The Summit is Obscured · 80
Cultivating Moments of Awareness

26. Sit in the Bodhi Seat · 83
Owning Your Power

27. Light Another’s Lamp and Your Own Path Brightens · 86
Being of Service

28. Riding an Ox While in Search of an Ox · 89
Recognizing Your True Nature

29. No Self, No Other · 92
Opening to Interconnection

30. Your Treasure is Within, Containing All You Need · 96
Remembering Who You Are

31. The Master’s Special Medicine · 100
Appreciating the Ordinary

32. Sun-faced Buddha, Moon-faced Buddha · 105
Valuing Your Time

33. A Drifting Fishing Line · 109
Meditating With Water in Nature

34. Boil Some Tea · 112
Developing a Mindfulness Ritual

35. Crawling Turtles · 116
Opening To What Comes

36. Dig Inside · 119
Practicing Internal Focus

37. Like An Arrow · 123
Walking Meditation Outdoors

III. Harnessing Your Mind

38. Worthy! · 129
Using Positive Mantras

39. A Fallen Flower Doesn’t Return to the Branch · 132
Being Here Now

40. Everyday Mind is the Way! · 134
Writing Little Poems

41. Go Wash Your Bowl! · 138
Taking Action to Change Your Mood

42. When To Pick Up Your Nose · 140
Laughter is the Best Medicine

43. Contentment is True Wealth · 145
Accessing Internal Wealth

44. Express your Mind Without Your Tongue · 148
Channeling Emotional Energy

45. Wisdom Shines Through Darkness · 151
Who (Not) To Spend Time With

46. Thusness · 154
Accepting What Is

47. Stuck Like Ice · 158
Moving the Bodymind

48. Baby Snake or Dragon? · 161
Embracing Strength and Vulnerability

49. Sometimes the Obstacle is the Path · 163
Acknowledging Any Benefits

50. A Lustrous Pearl in Your Hand · 168
Appreciating the Beauty Around You

51. Laughing Now · 171
Letting Your Emotions Flow

52. Bushido: The Way of the Warrior · 174
Coping with What Arises

53. The Essence · 177
Narrowing Your Focus

54. Your Nose · 180
Stepping Away from Your Routine

55. Losing Your Eyebrows · 183
Double-checking Your Habitual Thoughts

56. Heads and Tails · 186
Following Through

IV. Balancing and Nourishing Your Body

57. Drink Some Tea! · 191
Staying Hydrated

58. Three Pounds of Flax · 193
Keeping Things Moving

59. One Flavored Zen · 195
Deciding What to Eat

60. Flowers Planted When the Ground is Ready · 199
Using Aromatherapy

61. Try Not to Remember What I’m Saying · 203
Eating to Help Mental Focus

62. Bitter Taste, Good Medicine · 206
Taking Appropriate Herbs

63. A Mosquito On An Iron Bull · 208
Packing Small Meals

64. Stick a Needle In It! · 211
Feeling Better With Acupuncture

65. Burning the Buddha for Warmth · 214
Keeping Warm for Comfort

66. A Bee Doesn’t Return to an Old Hive · 217
Standing Tall For A Better View

67. Sky Above, Earth Below · 219
Taking In The Outdoors

68. No Goats or Hounds · 221
Enjoying Chocolate (Yes, Chocolate!)

69. The Taste of Salt · 223
Drinking Healthy Soup

70. Dragon’s Mouth · 226
Soothing Your Mouth and Lips

71. A Mere Grain of Rice · 229
Cooking Smart

72. Speaking Fire · 231
Easing Stomach Discomfort

73. Attaining the Marrow · 233
Soothing Broths and Stews

74. To Catch a Rabbit · 236
Bouncing Your Way to Better Health

75. Sleeping Zen · 239
Getting Adequate Sleep

76. A Picture of Cake · 242
Avoiding Sugar

V. Self-Healing Qigong Exercises

77. Water Wears Down the Hardest Rock · 249
Releasing Fear

78. Not Found in Understanding · 252
Acupoint Self-Massage for Calming and Sleep

79. Monkey Screeches · 255
Releasing Anger and Anxiety

80. When Mind and Body Become One You Are Free · 258
Cultivating Meditative Mind

81. No Consciousness in the Skull · 261
Breathing to Ground and Center

82. Hakuin’s Duck Egg · 264
Visualizing to Relax and Renew

83. Take What I Say As Dirty! · 267
Purifying Your Energy

84. Heaven and Hell · 271
Creating an Energetic Boundary

85. Draw Your Bow Before the Thief Runs · 274
Stretching for Bravery and Energy

86. Dragging A Cat · 279
Coping with Pain