if you’re lucky, your heart will break

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“A valuable companion filled with encouragement for beginners and experienced meditators alike.”—Diane Eshin Rizzetto, author of Waking Up to What You Do

IF YOU’RE LUCKY, YOUR HEART WILL BREAK

Field Notes from a Zen Life

James Ishmael Ford

Using vignettes and anecdotes from his own life—as well as quotations drawn from sources as varied as the Bible, Yiddish aphorisms, and stand-up comedy—Zen teacher and Unitarian Universalist minister James Ishmael Ford shares the gifts won over his lifetime of full-hearted engagement with the Zen path. “I’ve found myself broken open,” Ford says, “and found in that opening my fundamental connection to the whole world.”

What’s more, If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break breathes new life into the Buddhist ideas of karma and rebirth—as well as the Buddhist precepts of ethical action—and finds for them kinship in other spiritual endeavors. Even the most cynical of hearts will find resonance in Ford’s compassionate presentation of basic human truths.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 200 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9781614290391
  • ebook
  • 200 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9781614290438
about the author
If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

James Ishmael Ford is the Senior Priest at the Blue Cliff Zen Network. James has been a student of Zen for fifty years. He is dually credentialed as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and as a Unitarian Universalist minister. He lives with his spouse Jan Seymour-Ford and their three-legged cat Cassie in Long Beach, California. 

Other books by James Ishmael Ford:
The Book of Mu
Introduction to Zen Koans
Zen Master Who?

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