The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism Paperback – 22 Feb 2000
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"This is the first book I am aware of that draws on the existing body of literature in English by modern Zen teachers to offer a solid reader's guide to the ABCs of Zen. A practitioner herself, Jean Smith manages to write about Zen simply and succinctly -- from the inside."
-- Norman Fischer, coabbot of San Francisco Zen Center
-- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don't Just Do Something, Sit There "Jean Smith covers the basics in this carefully crafted and knowledgeable introductory guide to Zen. Her long experience of practice illuminates this 'finger pointing toward the moon.'"
-- Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center "In a kind and friendly manner, Jean Smith graciously invites us to visit the world of Zen and make ourselves at home in our own being."
-- Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest, author of Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings
A comprehensive introduction to Zen Buddhism offers a readerfriendly look at the meditation practices, basic teachings, important texts, and history of Zen, accompanied by photographs of meditation positions, ceremonies, and annotated bibliography, glossary, and resource listing. Original.See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 21 reviews
Excellent for those of us who are clueless
7 January 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Only three chapters deep and I am feeling less anxious about starting meditation and studying Zen Buddhism. This is like guidelines, it is not a step by step how to. It's hard to explain but I definitely recommend it.
A good manual for the logistical side of Zen Buddhism
18 July 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This is a good FIRST book for those interested in Zen. This manual goes over the fundamentals of practicing Zen (positions for meditation, finding Zen Centers, etc.) and does not spend a lot of time going over the philosophical aspects of Zen or Buddhism in general. I think that is what makes this book most useful. Zen is an exercise for your mind and spirit, and when presented to a beginner in the form of trying to explain the root beliefs/core concepts/fundamentals, it seems like a monumental challenge, and may turn some people away. Zen really should be easy and practical, and this book will help with getting started, rather than seeming impossible to work with.
Brad Lifts Things
1 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This is such a go to book for me. As Zen should be, simple. I will often refer back to this book to help simplify more difficult texts. Great intro to Buddhism, examples are really helpful and straightforward.
Best Beginning Zen Book I have read.
19 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Great read, for beginners in Zen Buddhism.
2 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful book for people who are curious about Buddhism.