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The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger | [Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston]

The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.
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Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.

We're a society swimming in anger, always about to snap. Using simple, understandable Buddhist principles, Scheff and Edmiston explain how to replace anger with happiness. They introduce the four most common types of anger (Important and Reasonable, Reasonable but Unimportant, Irrational, and Impossible), then show how to identify our real unmet demands, dissolve our anger, and change what happens when our buttons are pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a powerful early step, and realize that others don't make us angry. Only we can make ourselves angry.

©2010 Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston (P)2010 HighBridge Company

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    "NOT SUITABLE FOR AUDIO FORMAT"

    Since this is a work book for group activities, I found it frustrating to try and visualize the exercises.

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    JOSEPH atco, NJ, United States 08-01-10
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    "A good start for Budhism"

    If you do not know much about, or a little about Budhism, then this is a good read/listen. If you have anger issues, then this also is a good choice. I was interested in Budhism and Anger Management this is why I purchased this audio book. I found the Voice of the Narration Artist kept me interested and the material inside not to much to swallow. It definately will keep me on the persuit of more titles that involve Budhist teachings. This audio book should not be taken in place of therapy, as the author noted several times in the book. Just as a starting point on a long journey of self discovery and teachings of the Budah.

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    Deborah Bedford, IN, United States 07-13-10
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    "Truly excellent"

    It is truly excellent. Helped me 1) calm down, 2) laugh more at situations, and 3) roll with the flow. Worth the price.

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    A very good book, well narrated. I would recommend this. Thanks to Audible for having such great books in store

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    He doesn't get to the heart of it. Anger is just an emotion, you need to be the witness and the book lacks that teaching. I don't think it should be labeled Zen. That said its a good starter book, but honestly not one I would recommend as a self help or spiritual guide.

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    Would you try another book from Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston and/or Bill Mendieta?

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    Would you be willing to try another book from Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston ? Why or why not?

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    Did Bill Mendieta do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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    Although the zen method for handling anger was presented the actual application seemed to be missing.It would be better to give actual ways to use this method.

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