Using the principles of Zen Buddhism and the ideals of the Lakota Sioux warrior, he teaches his players how to work hard even when the spotlight is on someone else.
Sep 22, Ben Rollins rated it it was amazing I finally found the time to finish this incredibly interesting book! Written by Phil Jackson, one of the greatest coaching minds of all time.
Phil Jackson had an interesting childhood being the son of a pastor. When injuries ended his playing career early he decided to coach. Once again, his background came into play. Phil was extremely successful winning 6 championships with the Chicago Bulls.
I despised the Bulls when I was younger. But then, Kareem had retired, and the other Laker stars were aging, so decline was inevitable. Some might argue that anyone could win with Jordan, Shaq or Kobe on their teams.
Indeed, this criticism is mentioned in the forward by Senator Bill Bradley: They were performing admirably as individuals, but their teams were not functioning harmoniously together a wholes. So how was Jackson so successful? Having great players was certainly part of it, but so was a philosophical outlook.
Jackson tells us that his dream was "not just to win championships, but to do it in a way that wove together my two greatest passions: Above all he emphasizes what Buddhists call "mindfulness", an idea he summarizes thusly: Any fan can see this intense focus on the faces of Jordan or Kobe as they plat.
And not just in the playoffs, but in every game. When Emerson wrote, "In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, -- no disgrace, no calamity leaving me my eyeswhich nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, -- my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, -- all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God," he is describing an experience very similar to the mindfulness Jackson describes.
For academic philosophers now mainly devote themselves in the US to idle debate about syntax, or in Europe toward metaphysical obfuscation.
So Jackson has more to offer than most academics. He reminds us that real philosophy is not idle speculation, clever sophistry or pale ratiocination--it is essential to living a full and successful life. Philosophy is a necessity, not a luxury.
It is full of insights about basketball and about life.Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice Volume 8|Issue 3 Article 5 July Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, by Phil Jackson.
Chicago Bulls coach Jackson (with People editor Delehanty) offers an unusual mixture of New Age advice and basketball knowledge, a sort of Zen and the Art of Pro Hoops. Oct 01, · "Sacred Hoops" is an engrossing account of Phil Jackson's career as a basketball player and a coach with special focus the evolution of his thinking that led to unparallelled success with the Chicago Bulls and later with the Los Angeles Lakers.
I despised the Bulls when I was younger.4/5. Sacred Hoops: Chapter 3If You Meet The Buddha In The Lane,Feed Him The Ball Jackson tried various forms of meditation, but Zen philosophy made the most sense.
Zen students at Mt. Shasta Abbey. Zazen meditation helped him focus on being, and not letting thoughts run the mind. He taught himself to be immersed in the action, instead of trying to control it.
The Intersection of Zen and Christianity. Sacred hoops: spiritual lessons of a hardwood warrior / By: Jackson, Phil. Published: () More than a game / By: Jackson, Phil. Published: () Bull session: an up-close look at Michael Jordan and courtside stories about the Chicago Bulls / By: Kerr, Johnny.
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Sacred Hoops Summary. Sacred Hoops A. Bibliography: Jackson P. (). Sacred Hoops. 1st ed. New York, NY: Hyperion. B. Summary: Phil Jackson's book, Sacred Hoops is him telling a story about his spiritual basketball journey to becoming one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time.
It starts out with him coaching a season of the Bulls, then it flashes back to his high school life and him winning the state .