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Practical advice for practice.,
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This review is from: The Three Pillars of Zen (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)
The market is pretty much saturated with Zen titles which promise to take you to the `heart' of the subject. Painful - and expensive - experience has taught me that most of them don't deliver. `The Three Pillars of Zen', however, does.
I think what makes this book different from the rest is that it offers concrete, practical guidance on how to begin Zazen meditation oneself. There is of course no substitute for a reputable Zen teacher, but the fact of the matter is that in the West most people live many miles away from such support.
The guidance in Three Pillars allows those interested in Zen to begin practice themselves; those who benefit from the experience can then take it from there and join a Zen group or practice with a teacher.
Including practical advice in a book on Zen sounds deceptively simple and common-sense, but anyone who goes on to read other Zen books will see how rare this is. There are hundreds of books about Zen psychology, Zen philosophy, the Zen `way of life', but practically none on something as elementary as how one should sit!
Don't read those other books - they simply muddy the waters and lead to confusion. If you want to reach the heart of Zen then sit down, shut up, get meditating and discover it for yourself. This book will help you do that.