Monday, August 15, 2005

As they say, "Oyyyy!"


Business people who've never even thought of Buddhism also are finding themselves booked for Zen retreats with colleagues. Seminars with titles like Executive Zen, Zen at Work and Zen and Business offer businesses a way to help their employees handle stress and excel.

"When we take a moment out of an overfilled day and incorporate a very basic Zen practice, for instance, the practice of mindfulness, it's amazing how your day can turn around," said Monique Muhlenkamp, publicity manager for California's New World Library. In her work, she promotes such books as Marc Lesser's "Z.B.A.: Zen of Business Administration: How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life" ($14.95 paperback, 256 pages).

"For many people, it's no longer just about a job; they want and need more. Applying Zen to the day-to-day helps on many levels."

(Emphasis mine.)

And sure enough...

Q. What can one gain from a continuing meditation practice?

A. Clearly someone who is typing while thinking about the ball game will not perform in the same league as when you are attentive to the job at hand. So maybe you will get a raise, a promotion, satisfaction of a job well done, a more successful business.

Sometimes I understand Hakuin pretty well...

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