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Zen Keys: Guide to Zen Practice Paperback – 6 Oct 1998


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc; Reissue edition (6 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385475616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385475617
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved masters of Zen in the world. He has brought his warmth and clarity to this unique exploration of Zen Buddhism in which he offers a clear explanation of the central elements of Zen practice and philosophy. The book includes helpful guidance on living a Zen life, using concepts like mindfulness, and also addresses contemporary issues such as the conflict between modern technology and spirituality.

Originally published in 1974 and now completely revised, 'Zen Keys' brings to life the abstract principles of the Zen tradition to meet the ever increasing demand for these ideas in the West. Thich Nhat Hanh shares the philosophy that has allowed him to be mindful of peace in every moment. The example he has set in his own life as a staunch advocate for peace illustrates how the idealistic goals of Buddhism can be brought powerfully into reality. The final section of the book contains a set of 43 koans from the thirteenth-century Vietnamese master Tran Thai Tong, beautifully translated for the first time in English.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Master, a poet and a spokesman for the Vietnamese Buddhist peace movement. In 1967 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of several books, including 'Peace is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness' and 'Being Peace'.

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Ordained as a Buddhist Monk in 1942, Thich Nhat Hanh worked tirelessly for peace throughout the Vietnam war and was nominated by Dr Martin Luther King Jr for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now a world-renowned Buddhist teacher and writer and the author of 35 books. In France, he has established Plum Village, a meditation community where Western and Vietnamese people live together in harmony. When not working there, he travels worldwide, helping refugees and teaching ‘the art of mindful living’.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lourinha on 18 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book Thich draws on his experience as a vietnamese zen monk to expound various practices and teachings of buddhism to the uninitiated.

He explains the history of the development of different schools within buddhist thought with different opinions regarding the ontology of reality.

The book focuses on the master's use of skillful means to individually enlighten the pupil. It states that what may enlighten one may not enlighten another, and it is the master's job to know their student's personality and choose appropriate means to enlighten them.

The book also presents several kung-ans or koans traditionally used in zen monasteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By manjushri on 15 Aug 2011
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THIS BOOK IS SO FULL I WILL BE READING IT FOR A LONG TIME.I UNDERSTOOD SOMETHING I HAD STRUGGLED WITH FOR YEARS FROM READING THIS WONDERFUL BOOK. I THINK IT IS FOR THOSE WITH SOME SMALL EXPERIENCE OF DHARMA NOT ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS.HE EXPLAINED HOW WE HAVE TO ABANDON LOGIC AT SOME POINT AND PRESENTS A SIMPLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE VERSION OF HOW CAN A SEED BE IN A SPROUT ETC.WHICH IS I BELIEVE NAGARJUNAS AND SHANTIDEVAS WAY OF WAKING US UP.BUT IT WAS SO EASY TO READ THE PRESENTATION FROM THIS WONDERFUL ZEN MASTER WHO MAKES US SEE THAT WE DONT HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH COMPLICATED EXPLANATIONS AND WE CAN LET GO OF OUR IDEAS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Duval on 1 April 2011
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I have a number of Thich Naht Hahn's books and this one has been very helpful to me since I started practicing Chan Buddhist meditation (the Chinese precursor to Zen).
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