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Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall — Finally, there’s a way to bring presence, mindful attention, and balance to living your life in the 21st century

If you are confused, lost, sick and tired of the rat race, and want to find depth, intimacy, and clarity, read on!

You can take charge of your life, by learning simple, Zen ways of living.”

My book, Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall, will

  • help you find the peace, cen­tered­ness, and con­tent­ment you have been seeking
  • explain how to devel­op and deep­en your self-know­ing, “cut your­self some slack,” and dis­cov­er how to be with your life as it unfolds.
  • give you tools for devel­op­ing peace and contentment.


From: Wayne C. Allen

RE: It’s time for you to turn your life around.

Dear Friend,

Let’s face it. So far, the 21st century has been a challenge, to say the least

Here are a few issues:

  1. exter­nal sys­tems that seemed to have sup­port­ed peo­ple in the past (things like fam­i­ly, church, com­mu­ni­ty, etc.) have been on life-sup­port for at least the last two generations.
  2. the media bom­bards us with what I call the “be more, have more, hap­pi­ness” model—this mod­el sug­gests that what we have and how we are seen by oth­ers leads to a more ful­fill­ing life. Except that most peo­ple I know have nev­er been unhappier.
  3. you’ve like­ly dis­cov­ered that exter­nals—(val­i­da­tion, piles of stuff, etc.) are not the solu­tion. All we end up with is stress and the desire for more.

For centuries, certain people have found the only authentic way to step out of the game—to fully live in the present moment.


I know. You’re frustrated and disheartened. In the first decade of the 21st century, we’ve seen:

  • 9/11
  • end­less wars in the Mid­dle East and Afghanistan
  • increas­es in vio­lence against women and children
  • hope­less­ness and help­less­ness as the world econ­o­my tot­ters on the brink
  • destruc­tive cli­mate change
  • increas­es in dis­ease, depression
  • peo­ple becom­ing so frus­trat­ed that they are tak­ing to the streets

It’s hard to believe that a sim­ple book has prac­ti­cal, down-to-earth meth­ods and approach­es that will help you not only to cope, but to thrive. I want to assure you that Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall, brings you into direct con­tact with the wis­dom of the East, and espe­cial­ly the light of Zen.

You’ll discover how to find wisdom and depth. The Zen stories guide you in a new and powerful direction.

The book is lib­er­al­ly sprin­kled with teach­ing sto­ries, and exam­ples and lessons from my 30 years of Coun­selling experience.

You are able to see and do—you dis­cov­er a way of being in the world that is both pow­er­ful and gentle.

There’s really only one way out—to begin the only adventure worth your time and effort—the adventure of being wholly and fully yourself!


This book is a ver­i­ta­ble smor­gas­bord of exer­cis­es, tips and tales. Like its author, this book is nov­el, light­heart­ed, earnest, quirky, and very help­ful.

~ Ben­net Wong & Jock McK­een
Co-founders, The Haven Institute

Just want­ed to let you know that I just fin­ished read­ing Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall. More than a book it has been an expe­ri­ence. I have always admired the way that you can put pro­found insights across so sim­ply — and effort­less­ly. Thank you so much for all that is there in the book. Of course, this was just a first read­ing and at so many stages the book made me reflect, pause, won­der, and of course, those ‘aha’ moments. It also gave rise to many ques­tions. And I think your book is one of those that will make the read­er grow with every read­ing, like a rip­ple that takes you in deep­er with every inter­ac­tion with it.
~ Sharmi­la Bhosale

We tend to view life accord­ing to the beliefs of our tribe. That is, our way of look­ing at the world is large­ly influ­enced by our upbring­ing and cul­ture. We view the world from with­in our small cir­cle and think we know the world, but step out­side of the cir­cle and we can see from a very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Not only does the rest of the world look dif­fer­ent, but from this new van­tage point we also gain new per­spec­tives into our own life.
In Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall, through tra­di­tion­al and new Zen sto­ries, Wayne C. Allen opens up con­cepts large­ly unfa­mil­iar to most West­ern trained minds. This book, both pro­found and yet easy to under­stand, will gen­tly open your mind to a greater per­spec­tive, an expand­ed aware­ness if you will, that will bring you to a deep­er under­stand­ing of your­self and the world around you.
As an avid pro­po­nent of life-long learn­ing and self-devel­op­ment, I offer my high­est rec­om­men­da­tion for Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall to all who are inter­est­ed in their per­son­al evo­lu­tion. A greater per­spec­tive awaits you!
~ Den­nis “Boo­gie Jack” Gaskill

Wayne Allen entices us to look at how we exam­ine who and what we are as we go through our day to day lives. But more than that, he com­pels us to go well beyond exam­in­ing our­selves, and active­ly DO the things that will bring us con­tent­ed­ness.
Replete with anec­dotes, sto­ries, exam­ples and, pro­found intro­duc­to­ry pieces, this book engages us to look deep with­in our­selves, while remain­ing sim­ple. Gen­tle humor and gen­uine hon­esty are used to keep the read­er think­ing, feel­ing, doing and being. Read it.…live it.

~ Debashis Dut­ta, Coor­di­na­tor,
Human Ser­vices Foun­da­tion,
Con­esto­ga Col­lege, Kitch­en­er, Ontario

We all spend a life­time attempt­ing to do only one thing: LOVE OURSELVES
!Wayne has the courage to share with us his own jour­ney to AWAKEN TO LOVE in Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall, and in so doing he has guid­ed us to LOVE OURSELVES even more, right here and NOW.
There can be no greater gift.

~ Dr. Scout Cloud Lee

This book, like his book, This End­less Moment, and his blog, is inter­est­ed in mov­ing you off the wheel of think­ing, feel­ing, and doing the same thing, end­less­ly, with the same dys­func­tion­al results.
The book is thought­ful, fun­ny, and filled with con­crete exam­ples of how we cre­ate our own unhap­pi­ness.
It comes at life from a Zen per­spec­tive and invites you to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for you own life. I have found it invalu­able in push­ing me off stuck and into ele­gant actions that are a stark con­trast to my pout­ing, “Why does she make me feel this way” actions that get me more of what I don’t want—isolation and anger.
After work­ing with the con­cepts in this book I found I could move toward con­nec­tion, which is what I real­ly want.
It real­ly is so much bet­ter to hug my beau­ti­ful wife than it is to walk out the door in a snit. Much better.

~ William Bradbury

HALF ASLEEP IN THE BUDDHA HALL helps you to discover how to live life with depth, compassion, and assurance.

So, I hear you asking, what’s in the book, and why is it so special?

Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall is designed to help you to see the wis­dom that is con­tained in sim­plic­i­ty, in “not know­ing,” and in ful­ly liv­ing your life. For­ev­er, Zen has point­ed the essence of life—to clar­i­ty, pres­ence, and hav­ing a sense of humour.

As you read, you will discover:

  • ways to step back and see the oper­a­tion of your dis­tinc­tion-mak­ing mind.
    You’ll learn to treat your mind with gen­tle­ness, and stop let­ting it run your life.
  • 3 keys to stop being lost in your head — how to live in the here and now, as you eas­i­ly let go of the dra­mas and sto­ries of the past.
  • the dif­fer­ence between a desire and real­i­ty — how to wake up, grow up, and get over yourself.
  • the impor­tance of real­iz­ing you have no self. You’ll find the strength that comes from being focused on your present-moment actions.
  • why your his­to­ry is just that — a sto­ry. You will see clear­ly that, far from being “true” your his­to­ry is made up of events you’ve strung togeth­er like beads. You’ll see that there are many more events that also hap­pened, and that you’ve cho­sen to ignore.
  • the les­son of the laun­dro­mat. Each event, even the small ones, is wor­thy of our attention.
  • the dan­gers of thought loops. You’ll dis­cov­er the pat­terns you’ve cre­at­ed, and how to escape them.
  • what real bag­gage tells us about emo­tion­al bag­gage. It’s always the question—do I trav­el light, or bring the kitchen sink with me? With light­ness comes flexibility!
  • how Air­Miles can lead to wak­ing up. It’s not what we believe is going on—it’s what’s actu­al­ly going on!
  • when beliefs are obsta­cles. Any time we are more invest­ed in our beliefs than in what is right in front of us, we are lost.

You’ll understand:

  • that a load of intel­li­gence is a dan­ger­ous thing.
  • how one word sets you free from fear (hint.. it begins with a “p”.)
  • why inten­tions and dreams rarely sat­is­fy.
  • the 4 Truths that trans­form your life.
  • why Yogi Berra is a Zen master.

And you’ll have real tools— 

  • 5 ways to live in the present, persistently.
  • 6 Meth­ods to make bet­ter choices.
  • 3 meth­ods to break the ego­tism habit through self-responsibility.
  • the best way to escape from Indra’s net.
  • 10 exer­cis­es in Zen being.
  • 10 ways to relate with depth and compassion.

Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall is designed to help you to wake up.

As I Write in My Book.…

I want to encour­age you to step back from West­ern cul­ture and belief sys­tems, for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son oth­er than to give you a chance to air out your mind. This is meant to be like walk­ing around a stat­ue. The front and the back may seem dif­fer­ent, but it is the same stat­ue, seen from a dif­fer­ent perspective.

Ulti­mate­ly, my wish is that you expand your reper­toire regard­ing how you choose to view, under­stand, and live your life. This book will sug­gest a moment-by-moment path to deep­er, com­mit­ted, and pur­pose­ful living.

You will learn the practicalities of living a full and rich life:

Anoth­er way of putting “All that we are is the result of what we have thought” is “You are what you cling to.” We cling to stuff—beliefs, peo­ple, objects—for fear of what will hap­pen, or who we will be, if we let them go.

Yet, all that our des­per­ate cling­ing gets us is dis­il­lu­sion­ment and des­per­a­tion. Non-cling­ing hap­pens as we dis­en­tan­gle the mind from its obses­sion with our thoughts and beliefs. To drop cling­ing, we need to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between moment-by-moment sit­u­a­tions, and our judge­ments and sto­ries about them.

The (moment of awak­en­ing) like all of life, hap­pened in the ‘Now.’ In a sense, our enlight­en­ment comes when we real­ize that the only way to enjoy life is to enjoy the end­less ‘Now.’ Just as there is no fixed ‘goal,’ there is no thing called enlightenment—no fixed state you arrive at. There is just one moment after anoth­er of enlight­ened act­ing. Or, put anoth­er way, I have no life, no fixed thing called ‘my life.’ I have a string of ‘Now,’ which is a moment-by-moment unfold­ing. I can sim­pli­fy the process of com­ing into the Now by sim­ply inter­act­ing with the moment.

I do this by choos­ing to step out of my head, my imag­i­na­tion, my pre­tend­ing that I have a life, a past, a future. I step into this moment, and real­ize that all there is, is this moment. I then choose how I relate to it.

Com­mit to walk­ing a path that leads nowhere, walked by no one. One step and one step, this path is always walked in the now-here, (because there can be no des­ti­na­tion, only the walk, until, para­dox­i­cal­ly, you reach the end for all of us—death.)

This wis­dom path is lived with atten­tion to every detail, every interpretation—yet with the recog­ni­tion that ‘no one’ is walk­ing, ‘no one’ is inter­pret­ing. Think­ing that there is a ‘you’ in all of this is your ‘stuck tail’—your ego iden­ti­fy­ing with the role of inter­preter, walker.

I know. What the heck is he talk­ing about?

My intent is to sug­gest let­ting go of your present way of see­ing and being, so that you might self-less-ly walk the ‘wis­dom path.’ Yet, noth­ing changes in the ‘real’ world. You still have to make a liv­ing and have a life.

So what does change? Your focus, atti­tude, and your com­mit­ment. Instead of mind­less­ness, or grip­ing, or com­plain­ing, you do what you do— you attend to right now—here, and here alone. You chop wood, car­ry water, with total, mind­ful attention.

And then, as your ego pops up, smile and think, ‘caught tail.’ Let go, give your­self a shake, and go back to playing—being.

Or, you can choose to keep pre­tend­ing that any­one cares, and that res­cue is at hand. 95% of the pop­u­la­tion buys into that delu­sion. Drop me a line if this delu­sion works out for you, eh?

I sus­pect that ‘no-one’ will reply…

In Zen, we speak of dis­ci­pline. The key dis­ci­pline is ‘non-fol­low­ing,’ or non-attach­ment. You let each non-help­ful thought go by not cling­ing to it. Now, of course, as with Beth, such thoughts will arise until you die.

Fol­low­ing such thoughts leads to paral­y­sis by analy­sis. This paral­y­sis seems inevitable, until I notice that repeat­ing dys­func­tion­al thought pat­terns caus­es the paral­y­sis. I am ‘lost in thought,’ and the cure is to stop myself—not by more think­ing, but by act­ing. Less thought, more action. Remem­ber: you cause your­self prob­lems by over-think­ing and under-doing. Pick a way to be, and then just be it. Swing for the fences, let­ting the crit­i­cal thoughts fade into back­ground noise.

And here is the point!

By now, I trust that you ‘get’ what this book is about—that you cre­ate your real­i­ty, and pop­u­late your real­i­ty by telling your­self sto­ries. The sto­ries are about you, oth­ers, and the world. You under­stand that your sto­ries are just stories—are about as ‘real’ as nurs­ery rhymes—and real­ize that you are on the path­less path.

My goal is to support you on your walk, to help you find peace and satisfaction — and most importantly, to help you to have the kind of fulfilling, rich, and meaningful life you want.

Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall is avail­able as:

  • a paper­back book ($20.00),
  • as a pdf down­load­able e‑book ($4.00.)
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You can choose your for­mat by click­ing the link below.

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Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall

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* Pub­lish­er: The Phoenix Cen­tre Press (June 2009)
* Lan­guage: Eng­lish
*ISBN: 978–0‑9684446–6‑5

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I could go on and on with reasons to purchase Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall, but here’s the point: You need to prove to yourself that you can
experience your own personal miracle.

Do it today!


P.S. What will your life look like after you have imple­ment­ed the tech­niques you’ll learn in

Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall?

I don’t know.

What I can tell you is that hun­dreds of peo­ple just like you have read my books, and my read­ers call and e‑mail to order copies to give to friends and loved-ones.

Reading and applying what I teach in my books simply works!

But you may still be reluc­tant to buy Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall.

I under­stand.

But ask your­self this:

Where will that leave you?

How is your life, right now? Do you think doing more of the same will sud­den­ly give you the life you so des­per­ate­ly want?

I can guar­an­tee that more of the same will get you more of the same.

Will you spend the rest of your life regret­ting not tak­ing the plunge into the depths of who you could be?


I can’t make the deci­sion for you. I can help you, but you’ve got to take the first step.

And here’s anoth­er guar­an­tee. If you get stuck, and want to talk, my con­tact infor­ma­tion is here on my site, and includ­ed with both books. I’m seri­ous about want­i­ng walk with you, as you become all you can be.

P.P.S. And remem­ber, we guar­an­tee that our books will help you to soar! We’re that confident!

Do it today!

Only from The Phoenix Cen­tre Press 
About the Author: Wayne C. Allen is known on the web as the Sim­ple Zen Guy. Wayne was a Pri­vate Prac­tice Coun­sel­lor in Ontario until June of 2013. Wayne is the author of five books, the lat­est being The. Best. Rela­tion­ship. Ever.

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