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Zen Simply Sitting: A Zen Monk's Commentary On The Fukanzazengi by Master Dogen
Long-time Zen teacher Philippe Coupey offers readers a fresh, sometimes irreverent, perspective of an ancient classic - the Fukanzazengi, a short basic text on how to practice zazen, written by the Master Dogen in 1227. The Fukanzazengi is highly venerated within the Zen tradition, and is systematically recited in Zen temples. Dogen's actual text is only three to four page ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Hohm Press
(first published 2006)
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Just for clarification, the Fukanzazengi is about 2+ pages long. The rest of the book is commentary on it. I have read a number of books on eastern philosophies, but never any on Zen. Maybe this shouldn't have been my first one, but the authors description of Zen just didn't seem all that appealing. It all seems too rigid for my liking. I'll stick to other teachings, particularly Thich Naht Hanh's books on Buddhism - Mindfulness is a wonderful thing.