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Returning to Silence: Zen Practice in Everyday Life (Shambhala Dragon Editions) [Paperback]

Dainin Katagiri
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12 April 1988 Shambhala Dragon Editions
For twenty-five hundred years Buddhism has taught that everyone is Buddha—already enlightened, lacking nothing. But still there is the question of how we can experience that truth in our lives. In this book, Dainin Katagiri points to the manifestation of enlightenment right here, right now, in our everyday routine. Genuineness of practice lies in "just living" our lives wholeheartedly. The Zen practice of sitting meditation (zazen) is this not a means to an end but is the activity of enlightenment itself. That is why Katagiri Roshi says, "Don't expect enlightenment—just sit down!"

Based on the author's talks to his American students, Returning to Silence contains the basic teachings of the Buddha, with special emphasis on the meaning of faith and on meditation. It also offers a commentary on "The Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance" from Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, which speaks in depth about the appropriate actions of those who guide others in the practice of the Buddha Way. Throughout these pages, Katagiri Roshi energetically brings to life the message that "Buddha is your daily life."

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (12 April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734314
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to be read and re-read 18 Feb 2007
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The silence of the title is our essential core of being. In these essays, Dainin Katagiri Roshi talks about how to connect with this core, and to let it penetrate and resound through the moments of our lives. Katagiri Roshi was a successor of Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind Beginner's Mind) and like the later, he is at once simple and deep. These talks are not discourses, but "live words," spoken from the heart. They penetrate, they beg read and read-read, to be taken in thoughtfully and thoroughly digested. Katagri, in my mind one of the great modern masters, died in the early 90's. He has left us with this wonderful volume & legacy on what it is to know our essential self and to live our lives in this knowledge.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Zen Classic 10 Aug 2003
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This book is one of the clearest and most inspiring books I have read. Katagiri's message is clear. Down to earth but at the same time giving the reader a different angle on mundane and spiritual aspects of Zen Bhuddism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise words from Roshi 14 Jan 2010
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This is a very beautifully written book, which is very thought provoking and forces you to think deeply about your life and practice. The theme running through the book is quite broad, but at the same time direct. Katagiri reaffirms for us the importance of simple and unwavering practice and that Buddha and Holiness are very ordinary. They are in fact ones daily life.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to be read and re-read 8 Oct 1999
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The silence of the title is our essential core of being. In these essays, Dainin Katagiri Roshi talks about how to connect with this core, and to let it penetrate and resound through the moments of our lives. Katagiri Roshi was a sucessor of Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind Beginner's Mind) and like the later, he is at once simple and deep. These talks are not discourses, but "live words," spoken from the heart. They penetrate-- they beg read and read-read, to be taken in thougtfully and thoroughly digested. Katagri, in my mind one of the great modern masters, died in the early 90's. He has left us with this wonderful volume on what it is to know our essential self and to live our lives in this knowledge.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! 25 Oct 2000
By Mateus N. C. Cunha - Published on Amazon.com
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This is perhaps one of the most profound books I ever read on Zen practice. His phrasing style is sometimes reminiscent of Heidegger's best philosophical prose. I strongly recommend it for the Zen practitioner... for the merely curious its considerations might appear too immaterial, for they are extremely subtle.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not for everybody - but a great book nonetheless! 11 Oct 1999
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. However, I think that to someone who is not a fairly regular practitioner of zen meditation it may seem very strange. For those who DO practice zazen on a regular basis, this book has a lot to offer. It's a very pleasant, quasi-poetic extended meditation on many topics. Don't want to try to pigeonhole it much beyond that. I thought it was a great read and I'm grateful to the author for writing it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 3 Sep 2005
By Mycroft - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Roshi Katagiri's most profound books. I was lucky enough to have known him in San Francisco. His teachings changed my life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and wise 1 Mar 2014
By Gina Bates Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book as a Zen practitioner. It spoke to my heart and my mind and expresses wisdom that is inspiring.
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