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Art of Simple Living

Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally bestselling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen.

“Does for mental clutter what Marie Kondo has done for household clutter.”—Publishers Weekly

In clear, practical, easily adopted lessons—one a day for 100 days—renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to teach you to Zen your life. Discover how.

• lining up your shoes after you take them off can bring order to your mind;
• joining your hands together in gassho can soothe irritation and conflict;
• putting down your fork after every bite can help you feel more grateful for what you have;
• understanding the concept of ichi-go ichi-e can make everyday interactions more meaningful;
• immersing yourself in zazen can sweep the clutter from your mind;
• planting a flower and watching it grow can teach you to embrace change;
• practicing chisoku can help you feel more fulfilled;
• going outside to watch the sunset can make every day feel celebratory.

A minimalist line drawing appears opposite each lesson on an otherwise blank page, giving you an opportunity to relax with a deep breath between lessons. With each daily practice, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes to your life, opening yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.

About the contributor(s):

Shunmyo Masuno is the head priest of a 450-year-old Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, an award-winning Zen garden designer for clients all over the world, and a professor of environmental design at one of Japan’s leading art schools. He has lectured widely, including at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cornell University, and Brown University.

Harriet Lee-Merrion is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published worldwide in such publications as The New York Times, Marie Claire, and The Guardian and exhibited in New York, London, and Berlin.

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