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Nine-headed Dragon River: Zen journals, 1969-82 (S&hellip by Peter Matthiessen
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Matthiessen's prose is clear and his story compelling. His Zen journals, from 1969 to 1982, tell the story of his Zen journey, without any of what the author might describe as, the breathless prose of the sincere seeker, but with great humility, depth, simplicity and beauty. Whether you like biograpy, travel books, or are interested in Zen or Buddhism, do yourself a favour and buy this book.
The World of Zen by Stephen Hodge
The World of Zen by Stephen Hodge
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A book written by someone who seems to have made a career of writing about Buddhism but unfortunately, Mr Hodge is not a Zen Buddhist and it shows. There are several errors in the book as a whole, such as one where the beginning Zen meditator is instructed to concentrate on a point just below the nose, when in fact concentration is traditionally placed in the area of the lower abdomen, the 'hara'. The publishers should also take responsibility for the photographs, some of which bear little relation to the text, or even contradict it. At one point, when describing how to set up a space for zazen (zen meditation), the use of a mat is described and how that should be of dark coloured material… Read more