27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent manual for meditation,
By A Customer
This review is from: ZEN Training: Methods and Philosophy (Shambhala Classics) (Paperback)
One of the best and most under-rated books on zen and meditation, this book is a rare find because it is true to the real meaning of zen: which is that if you sit you will realise everything for yourself, and almost everything else is a distraction. This is a truly great book about 'how' to meditate.
You just know when you read this that the author is not speculating at any point - he has sat and realised everything that he is writing about. There is no second-hand knowledge or regurgitation of other people's ideas. When I bought this over ten years ago, it was a breath of fresh air - most of the other books I had read were just 'background' to Buddhism (e.g. Christmas Humphreys books), rather than 'how to' books.
One anecdote about this book that shows how factual it is... I was reading the book and gave up when it started talking about ichi-nen thought etc because it seemed so complex. Then when I was sitting I saw clearly how thoughts are linked so I thought I would draw a diagram. Then I looked back at this book - it had almost exactly the same diagram!
Can't recommend it highly enough...
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