It is a success in that it makes me rethink how I approach my problems. When I finished reading, I felt a sort of peace, but I know that this is the kind of peace that will need reminders and active practice to sustain. If you have been holding off on the Kindle edition based on previous reviews, it looks like the problem has been fixed. Take other factors into consideration and stop jumping to negative conclusions, because the negatives will only stack up and lead to even more negative thoughts. This made things considerably easier.
Whilst no teacher myself and with my student days gone a quarter of a century ago I still think her advice holds a broader appeal. If this continues throughout every activity, throughout the rest of our lives, the only end in sight is death. The authors qualifications both professional and spiritual are without question yet it is her self determination that lifts this work out of the ordinary. We are shown how to flip our perspective around so that we can remain mindful as the Zen people would say , and engaged with the class, which makes it a better day for all of us! It's a book I will keep on my office shelf for years to come. The chapters are brief, always beginning with a fun anecdote from Quesada's own teaching experience at Santa Monica College, with a cohesive lesson of zen to cap off each chapter and tie together the book so beautifully. I could actually feel my blood pressure rising as an example situation presented as an introduction to a lesson reminded me of what was happening in my own classroom and the out of control feelings associated with it.
She speaks of her own burnout and how she found the joy of teaching again. The dharma lessons and relevant B I liked the premise of this book. The update must have fixed the page problems because I did not notice any problems as I was reading. There are instances in which the author decides to do one thing over the other, and it seems contradictory to what was said before. Donna Quesada had been teaching for about a dozen years when the first signs of burnout hit her. The authors qualifications both prof This book is a treat both in content and form! Every chapter is a delight on its own.
I found myself relating to the stories in this book to the point that I would be reading bits and pieces, out loud to my wife, who is now reading it herself and enjoying it just as much as I did. Simply a wonderful little book for everybody. Finding a path of ease becomes our polestar. And I loved that it's the kind of book that doesn't have to read chronologically. One might even say that it expresses a specific kind of passion—a passion for discerning what is subjectively real in every moment. She survived the semester and gradually rediscovered the joy of teaching that had been progressively declining. It is the same motivation that gets most of the world to work every day.
I'm so glad I stumbled on it. But, I did suspect that without this beautiful layout, I may have had less incentive to push through the chapters on my own. Whether it occurs in a classroom, or in a kitchen, or in a Zen temple, the student-teacher relationship encapsulates the extraordinary power that comes in every face-to-face encounter: the chance to change one another with our sheer presence. Instead, she reached for Buddha's teachings, the Zen wisdom that forms the basis of her own long-time spiritual practice. I felt like I was there with the author when she walked into the classroom on the first day of class, as she drove there, thinking only that she didn't want to be driving there.
Likewise the book as an object in itself is also appealing. The irony is that as soon as he realizes the power inherent in his own reaction, he is liberated. This made things considerably easier. I have been teaching at a community college for 16 years and this book came along at just the right time. Something about it called out to me, and I'm glad it did--it's just profound wisdom through and through. In the same sense, we are always so full of thought, we get embroiled in them. We are all so focused on the past and we are busy planning for the future, we should focus on the present.
I related to every situation. It makes for a healthier and happier existence. And hey, it might just positively change the way you look at life! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover. In celebration of the event, I will be posting a couple of excerpts this month. Rather than discussing pedagogical strategies, she spent an inordinate amount of time proving to the reader that she was in control of her class. I'm so glad I stumbled on it.
I have an affinity for all spiritual practices and wisdom teachings and have received training in the Zen tradition. It's the same wisdom that makes us better partners, spouses, parents and workers; after all, we all have to deal with people, deal with our own reactions to what they say and do, and ultimately, deal with our own hang-ups! I would imagine that anyone who teaches college courses, whatever their field, will recognize a few of the example students described in the book. A cursory glance at the title might lead many to assume that Quesada's work is only applicable to practitioners of Zen that work in the teaching profession. When we join the moment, we join time. Reading this book was a mixture of being reminded of things I already know, being told why things that I already do work for me, and a few things I hadn't considered trying that I'm confident will enhance my teaching.
I should start off by saying that although I have been awaiting this book for quite some time, I myself was unsure of the impact that it might have for me. We humor the children when they ask, but we ask too, in our own rushed ways, in all the days of our lives, and in everything we do, forever rushing to the end. She survived the semester and gradually rediscovered the joy of teaching that had been progressively declining. From the vantage point of one particular year as a burned out college professor, Quesada examines the most significant relationship in life: the one between the student and the teacher. I wish some of the Zen concepts could've been explained more clearly, but at the same time, I'm not sure they can be, so I don't want to fault the author for that.