“One of the most important works on spiritual realization to be written in years. You really can’t afford to miss this revolutionary process for your own Enlightenment.”

Ken Wilber, on The Heart of Zen

The Heart of Zen: Enlightenment, Emotional Maturity, and What it Really Takes for Spiritual Liberation takes a step-by-step approach to a growing problem in spiritual circles. More and more of us are “waking up” into spiritual insight, only to get stuck. Life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between spiritual belief and everyday life looms ever larger.

What is missing is integration. If spiritual awakening truly transforms every part of a life, why are we still getting caught? How can things like anger, shame, envy, and jealousy continue to arise? What does Enlightenment really mean, and what is its impact on our intimate relationships, our emotions, and our views of the world and its problems?

In a series of lively Q&As, authors Jun Po Roshi and Keith Martin-Smith address these questions within the context of creating lasting change through integrating spiritual insight into the flow and flux of everyday life. Part discussion on these intricate topics and part experiential guide, The Heart of Zen offers a one-of-a-kind take on enlightenment, emotional maturity, and the honesty required to take one’s seat in true liberation.

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