Chapter

Seeing the Forest, But Not Missing the Trees

Steven Heine

in White Collar Zen

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195160031
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160031.003.0006
Seeing the Forest, But Not Missing the Trees

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the four levels of consciousness: feeling or emotion, speaking, thinking, and state of being or way of acting. It then describes how the ability to respond immediately to complex situations means that you can free yourself from preconceptions and unlearn counterproductive habits, such as building up demands and expectations. It also discusses the way of the Hermit.

Keywords: Zen; Buddhism; consciousness; feeling; speaking; thinking; state of being; Hermit

Chapter.  5073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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