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Mindfulness & Meaningful Work:
Explorations in Right Livelihood

Edited by Claude Whitmyer, Foreword by Ernest Callenbach
Published by Parallax Press, Berkeley, California, 1994, 289 pages.
ISBN 0-938077-54-6.
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The supreme accomplishment
is to blur the line
between work and play.

Arnold Toynbee

This superb anthology explores the integration of mindfulness and ethics in the workplace. In these pages some of the leading thinkers and doers of our time -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Sam Keen, E.E Schumacher, Gary Snyder, Shakti Gawain, Shunryu Suzuki, Robert Aitken, Tarthang Tulku, Marsha Sinetar, Rick Fields, Ellen Langer, and many others -- share their insights on the practice and value of working and of finding work that is meaningful, life-affirming, and non-exploitative.

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work deepens our understanding of the concept of "right livelihood;" shows us how to go about overcoming the obstacles in our path so that we can find and maintain meaningful, satisfying work; and encourages us to live in a way that increases our inner peace, self-worth, and purpose.

Claude Whitmyer, the editor of this volume, is co-founder and president of FutureU. He is also director of FutureU 's Center for Good Work in San Francisco, where he serves as a business and livelihood coach. Mr. Whitmyer is also co-author of Running a One-Person Business (Ten Speed Press, 1994, 2nd edition) and editor of In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World (Tarcher/Putnam, 1993).

In addition to opening and closing chapters by Mr. Whitmyer, Mindfulness and Meaningful Work includes essays by the following authors:

Robert Aitken
Robert Aitken is the founding teacher of the Diamond Sangha in Honolulu. He is author of A Zen Wave, Taking the Path of Zen, The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics, The Dragon Who Never Sleeps, and Encouraging Words.

Joseph Cary
Joseph Cary is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut and author of Three Modern Italian Poets: Saba, Ungretti, Montale and A Ghost in Trieste.

Ernest Callenbach
Ernest Callenbach is author of Living Cheaply with Style, Ecotopia, and Ecotopia Emerging, and co-author of A Citizen Legislature and Eco-Management: The Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business. He founded Film Quarterly and served as its editor until 1991.

Rick Fields
Rick Fields, editor of Yoga Journal, is author of How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America, and The Code of the Warrior: In History, Myth, and Everyday Life. He co-authored Chop Wood, Carry Water with Peggy Taylor (former editor of New Age Journal), Rex Weyler (founder of Greenpeace), and Rick Ingrasci, a holistic health physician.

Shakti Gawain
Shakti Gawain is author of Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, Return to the Garden, Awakening, and The Path of Transformation: How Healing Ourselves Can Change the World.

Robert Gilman
Robert Gilman is the founding editor of IN CONTEXT: A Quarterly of Humane, Sustainable Culture, which in 1991 won the Utne Reader's Alternative Press Award for "Best Coverage of Emerging Issues." He is co-author of Global Action Plan's Household EcoTeam Workbook.

Steven D. Goodman
Steven D. Goodman is Assistant Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Comparative Philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies and adjunct faculty at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is coeditor of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen monk and author of many books, including Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, , and The Sun My Heart.

Paul Jordan-Smith
Paul Jordan-Smith is coeditor of I Become Part of It: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life, and a contributing editor to Parabola.

Sam Keen
Sam Keen is author of Your Mythic Journey, The Passionate Life, and Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man, and Faces of the Enemy.

Ellen Langer
Ellen Langer is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Social Psychology Program at Harvard University. Her books include Personal Politics, The Psychology of Control, and Mindfulness.

Gene Logsdon
Gene Logsdon works a small farm in Wyandot County, Ohio, and is author of At Nature's Pace: Farming and the American Dream.

John Daido Loori
John Daido Loori is teacher at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York. He is author of Mountain Record of Zen Talks, Eight Gates of Zen, and Two Arrows Meeting in Mid-Air.

David Loy
David Loy is associate professor of international studies at Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan.

Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy is adjunct professor in the School of Transformative Learning at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is author of Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age, Dharma Development, Thinking Like a Mountain, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory, and World As Lover, World As Self.

Jean Kinkead Martine
Jean Kinkead Martine is a partner in an advertising agency and a short story writer.

Carolyn Meyer
Carolyn Meyer is author of People Who Make Things: How American Craftsmen Live and Work.

Toni Packer
Toni Packer conducts retreats at Springwater Center, Springwater, New York, in California, and several European countries. She is the author of Seeing without Knowing and The Work of This Moment.

Fran Peavey
Fran Peavey is author of Heart Politics, A Shallow Pool of Time and By Life's Grace.

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips is moderator of American Public Radio's "Social Thought." He is co-author of The Seven Laws of Money, Honest Business, Marketing without Advertising, and Citizen Legislature.

Roger Pritchard
Roger Pritchard is a right livelihood guide and socially responsible financial consultant.

Walpola Rahula
Walpola Rahula is author of What the Buddha Taught and The Heritage of the Bhikkhu.

James Robertson
James Robertson is author of Future Wealth: A New Economics for the 21st Century, Future Work: Jobs, Self-Employment and Leisure after the Industrial Age, and The Sane Alternative: A Choice of Futures.

Patricia Ryan Madson
Patricia Ryan Madson received Stanford University's prestigious Dinkelspiel Award as the most innovative undergraduate faculty member of 1998 for her work in the teaching of improvisation. A senior lecturer in Drama, and head of the Undergraduate Acting Program, she is also the American Coordinator of the Oomoto School of Traditional Japanese Arts, and coleader of the San Francisco Center for Constructive Living.

Saki F. Santorelli
Saki F. Santorelli works closely with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program, University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

E.F. Schumacher
E.F. Schumacher was instrumental in the creation of the "intermediate and appropriate technology" movement. He is author of Small Is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed.

Marsha Sinetar
Marsha Sinetar is an organizational psychologist, mediator, and writer whose books include Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics; Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow; and Developing a 21st Century Mind.

Sulak Sivaraksa
Sulak Sivaraksa, author of Seeds of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society, is a prominent and outspoken Thai social critic and activist.

Gary Snyder
Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and teacher of literature and wilderness thought at the University of California at Davis. His poetry collections include Turtle Island, Axe Handles, and Earth Household, and his essay collections include The Real Work and The Practice of the Wild.

Shunryu Suzuki
Shunryu Suzuki was founder of the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers. He is author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

Janet Tallman
Janet Tallman teaches culture and communication at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. She has just completed a book on conversational styles in everyday life.

Tarthang Tulku
Tarthang Tulku is a religious teacher from the Tarthang Monastery in East Tibet. He is a prolific author and among his many books are two that are important to anyone interested in the subject of right livelihood: Ways of Work: Dynamic Action and Skillful Means: Patterns for Success. He lives and teaches at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California, and the Odiyan retreat center in northern California.

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