Richard Dum Bo Carlson Roshi: Zen Mind, Winner’s Mind

zenmindwinnersmindZen Mind, Winner’s Mind
by Richard Dum Bo Carlson Roshi
298 pages
Hardback $29.95

Pushing the essence of the Zen tradition through the Transintegral framework, Dum Bo Roshi is upgrading and reformatting timeless wisdom for today’s world while retaining the fierce intensity and urgency of his Samurai precursors. He is riding the crest of the transintegral wave, reconciling the ceaseless throb of evolution with the empty clarity behind this and every moment—the gentle but explosive sound of an unstoppable force meeting an unmovable subject, the fragrance of aloeswood incense with the heartbeat of the stockmarket.

While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Dick Dum Bo Carlson Roshi, Zen Mind, Winner’s Mind  takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles.

What is missing is integration. If awakening truly transforms every part of the life of a person, why are we still caught in financial difficulties and stalling careers? How can negative states like debt and financial losses continue to arise? How do our investment plans relate to Zen teaching of Emptiness, and what does this mean for our sense of accomplishment, our emotional life, our views of the world and its problems?

Zen Mind, Winner’s Mind represents the bleeding edge of a new generation of spiritual books because it addresses awakening and spiritual life within the context of creating lasting change through the integration of spiritual insight into the flow and flux of contemporary market dynamics. Dum Bo Roshi explains how well trained meditation students may learn to cultivate subtle mindstates, but they seldom learn how to benefit from  their intuitions (and the ego that holds them) as part of a more deeply integrated,market-oriented spirituality. This book describes precisely what this means in great detail and with exercises for the reader to follow. Part discussion on these intricate topics and part experiential guide, Zen Mind, Winner’s Mind offers a one-of-a-kind take on enlightenment, business maturity, and the integration required to take one’s seat in true liberation.

Richard Dum Bo Carlson Roshi is an ordained Zen Priest, Abbot of the Los Alamos Zen Center / Daihaneiji Zen Temple, New Mexico. He is also a hedge fund manager, and the author of A Businessman Blends with Life: A Post-Postmodern Tao (Integral Book of the Month Club, 2006).

This is one of the most important works on spiritual realization to be written in years. It’s based on Dum Bo Roshi’s breakthrough insights into how to distill and dramatically accelerate the practices of Zen—and thus dramatically accelerate the process of making them profitable. There’s really nothing like this out there, and no matter what your ‘official’ spiritual orientation, you really can’t afford to miss this revolutionary process for your own Spiritual Enlightenment and Financial Success. My absolutely highest, heartfelt  recommendation!
– Ken Dillinger


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