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a great book by a great master,
This review is from: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Paperback)
I have to admit that I read some other reviews and I agree that the book seems for some people very confusing and "waste of paper". This is because the author takes for granted that one has already some sense of Zen, for him Zen is like his own flesh and bones. If one opens it as his first Zen book is like to learn swimming in the midst of Atlantic ocean: you need first a shallow beach. It could neither be your second nor your third Zen book, one needs more Zen "education" to find this book attractiv. For that reason I strongly recommand as the first Zen lecture the "Bible" of that kind of books, "The Way of Zen" by Alan W. Watts, a really great book, written by a westerner for westerners.
This book caresses gently the heart of Zen, but only if one thinks meditative, otherwise this book will be just another book: the mere rational western thinking is not enough.
One could ask: "Why should I buy a Zen book if I already know much about Zen?"
It sounds like: "Why should I study, if I already can read and write?"
You buy this book not for learning how to read and write, but for useing your knowledge on reading and writing for studying.