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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 31 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Distort (Audio CD)
This album is one of my all time favorites. It soars and dips in tragic moans and whispers, arabica female vocals give this band an unchanting, melodic lift that other groups of the genre don't enjoy. Please buy this, and thank me later.

Nothing Special: Living Zen
Nothing Special: Living Zen
by Charlotte Joko Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only what is real, 25 Mar. 2003
What amazes me about Zen teachings in general is their uncompromising hold on what is real and what is not. This is not to say that they reject the unnexplainable and mysterious, but their stance that things such as apparitions or prophecies are both as unreal and unnecessary as science and materialism in considering a spiritual life, simply because they do not exist in the unbending reality of the present moment.
I have read both of Joko's books now and conclude that for someone who has read quite widely about Buddhist meditation, she is the source of the most painfully honest, blunt and beautiful teachings I have yet to come accross. You will learn alot about yourself simply by reading this book, and putting her words into consistent practice will undoubtedly change the way you live your life. Her metaphors for human life are so simple and direct that you find yourself wondering how such things had not occured to you before. If you are a practicioner of Zen, I can only say that this book, along with Everyday Zen, have been the greatest aid to my practice thus far. Enjoy this book, and take it very, very seriously, because people like Joko are the greatest treasure this world has given us.
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