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5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual beauty.
A spiritual feast from beginning to beginning,leaves you full to bursting.
All sentient beings will love this book; pure, perfect, poetry.
Published 11 months ago by lynn ogilvie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Warning
I borrowed this book from my local digital library and had to stop not far in
Yes it is well written and interesting, but not one for anyone who is afraid of fire
Some bad dreams afterwards
Felt like a peculiar pleasure in describing suffering
Maybe if I had been able to go further??
Published 9 months ago by barb52


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5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual beauty., 15 Aug 2013
This review is from: Night Boat (Hardcover)
A spiritual feast from beginning to beginning,leaves you full to bursting.
All sentient beings will love this book; pure, perfect, poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a meditation in itself, 18 Oct 2013
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I found it strange coming to the last chapter. Hakuin was seemed so alive and present while I was reading. I looked forward to visiting him each time - with eagerness and a little trepidation, as one would presumably approach a living Zen Master. I'm going to miss wondering what he'll come out with next, and what adventures he'll find himself in. The book itself is an incredible work of art. It's an inspiration to know Hakuin lived, and an inspiration to know such a rendering of his life is possible. Highly recommended to anyone interested in living spirituality, especially a fellow lover of Japanese culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, meditative, 24 Sep 2013
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This is a lovely book, cleverly written and nicely constructed. Having travelled to Japan and read a certain amount of religious history stuff too, as well as having conversations with modern-day pilgrims doing a specific route around Japan, I am relishing the level of detail in Alan Spence's book. There is an appropriate stillness to it, conjuring up a lovely sense of atmosphere. I haven't got to the end yet - it is not a book to be rushed through - but am enjoying the development and growth of the main character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zen Mastery, 11 Nov 2013
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I know nothing about Buddhism and nothing about the main character of this book, but I certainly found it ""enlightening"", if you'll forgive the pun. The prose is sparse and uncluttered, Spence just tells us a beautiful story and depicts this man's life in simple, lifeaffirming ways. A joy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zen in the raw., 11 Oct 2013
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I have not quite finished the book yet but can say that it is an interesting piece of writing in the historical vein where the fiction is built on a lot of knowledge of the Zen tradition. Will suit those interested in this topic and Zen Master Hakuin's life in particular. Very well written by a man well steeped in spiritual tradition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Warning, 24 Oct 2013
This review is from: Night Boat (Kindle Edition)
I borrowed this book from my local digital library and had to stop not far in
Yes it is well written and interesting, but not one for anyone who is afraid of fire
Some bad dreams afterwards
Felt like a peculiar pleasure in describing suffering
Maybe if I had been able to go further??
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