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The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki's "The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk" invites you to step inside the mysterious world of the Zendo, where monks live their lives in simplicity. Suzuki, best known as the man who brought Zen classics to the West, sheds light on all phases of a monk's experience, from being refused admittance at the door to finally understanding the meaning of one' ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Cosimo Classics
(first published 1934)
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I loved this book, great introduction to the life of a Zen monk. This book covers the journey to start training at the Zendo and the life the monks lead in the monasteries. It covers the practices to create a life of labor, service, prayer, gratitude, meditation, and humility. If you are interested in Buddhism D.T. Suzuki has been a favorite of mine for a while. The version I read is old, an illustrated version that added to the overall quality in my opinion as they are great and directly relate ...more
Some of this went over my head and I loved that because it forces me to re-read and reexamine the book. I think this is one of those books you can read at different times in your life and garner new information about the zen life & the zen buddhist monk's life when at the Zendo.
Daisetsu (also written Daisetz) Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木大拙) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western un ...moreMore about D.T. Suzuki...
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“Modern life seems to recede further and further away from nature, and closely connected with this fact we seem to be losing the feeling of reverence towards nature. It is probably inevitable when science and machinery, capitalism and materialism go hand in hand so far in a most remarkably successful manner. Mysticism, which is the life of religion in whatever sense we understand it, has come to be relegated altogether in the background. Without a certain amount of mysticism there is no appreciation for the feeling of reverence, and, along with it, for the spiritual significance of humility. Science and scientific technique have done a great deal for humanity; but as far as our spiritual welfare is concerned we have not made any advances over that attained by our forefathers. In fact we are suffering at present the worst kind of unrest all over the world.”
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