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Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1 edition (Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060197854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060197858
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,649,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Indeed something very special . . . [Brown] has edited transcriptions of Suzuki's talks that both read well on the page and capture the style, humor and solid grasp evident in [Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind]. This will prove highly valuable to anyone, rank novice or Zen master."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Indeed something very special . . . [Brown] has edited transcriptions of Suzuki s talks that both read well on the page and capture the style, humor and solid grasp evident in [Zen Mind, Beginner s Mind]. This will prove highly valuable to anyone, rank novice or Zen master. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, a Japanese Zen priest belonging to the Soto lineage, came to San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-four. Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of "beginner's mind" among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle here. As more and more people of non-Japanese background joined him in meditation, the Zen Center came into being and he was its first abbot. Under his tutelage, Zen Center grew into City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He was undoubtedly one of the most influential Zen teachers of his time. Some of his edited talks have been collected in the books Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind; Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen; and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai. Shunryu Suzuki died in 1971. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This is a superb book for those into meditation, stripping away all unecessary extras and bringing one directly into the heart of the matter. Not only does it correct ones view and method but it also inspires one to continue with such a beneficial and pure aspect of Liberation. highly highly recommended!
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If you've read Zen mind, beginners mind and liked it, please read this book as well. Its every bit as much of a pleasure to read and just as insightful. I've found this book a good reminder of how not to get bogged down with 'stuff' in spiritual practice. Roshi's words couldn't be more grounded in simplicity. You really get a sense of what a lovely man he was and why he was adored by his students so much. Suzuki reminds us that we basically need to keep doing what we're doing, just do it wholeheartedly and honestly.
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This is one of my favorite books in Zen Buddhism. A book to read slowly and many times along a life-time.
Master Suzuki is wise man and his books are always a source for reflexion and inspiration. Highly recommended :)
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If you've read Zen Mind... this is more of the same level-headed, down to earth Zen talk. Not bad at all, just not mind-blowing eigther. I used this volume to keep me in the proper mindset - as a supplement to my meditation.
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This is full of concrete advice for meditation practice. He was a very gentle and clear-minded soul. It can be read over and over again if one is serious about their practice.
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This is a must for all who got involved in Zen practice and others who want to understand point of it. Although there is nothing to understand in the first place;)
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By Mary on 30 Oct. 2004
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I've really enjoyed reading this book, it is easy for beginners interested in Zen and says a lot, probably more than I have been able to grasp so far. I believe I am going to re-read it many times.
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By Hazzo on 18 Jun. 2009
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gets to the point of practice, does not idealize; directs with honesty and so forth...i really like it
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