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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

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When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi's ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by University of California Press (first published 1999)
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William1
Oct 26, 2011 William1 rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, us, 20-ce, buddhism, zen
This is a book to be read and re-read. But as author Suzuki points out, reading is only one half of our training--intellectual understanding. The other half is practice--zazen (meditation). The book is a redaction of a dozen or so lectures Suzuki gave in 1969 at the San Francisco Zen Center's mountain retreat, Tassajara. The lectures are an exegesis of an 8th century CE Japanese Zen poem by Sekitō Kisen, called Sandokai. In the first six lectures, the explication is highly paradoxical, or koan-l ...more
Brandi
Oct 17, 2013 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The problem with this book is that it consists of transcripts of lectures given by Suzuki Roshi and even the dialogue between him and students. For this reason, because it is a transcript of face-to-face talks, the content sometimes goes in circles or rambles. Had it been originally meant to be in book form, I'm sure more editing would have been done.

That's the main reason I give it only 3 stars--the rambling/talking in circles got rather tedious.
Ed
Apr 18, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing
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This is some talks by Suzuki Roshi on the Sandokai a poem written by Shitou Xiqian a Chinese Ch'an master in the 8th century. The Sandokai is a poem revered by the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. It is a beautiful poem and Suzuki Roshi's talks about this poem are a worthwhile read.
Bob
Aug 17, 2010 Bob rated it it was amazing
Of the three Suzuki books, this one is the most complex. As always, these teachings are best served over and over again through reading and rereading, thinking and rethinking.
Samuel Chen
Dec 06, 2016 Samuel Chen rated it really liked it
I don't understand most of what the fuck Suzuki is talking about but I enjoyed reading it. Marked to re-read
Greg
Mar 15, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it
excellent simple talks and commentaries on the Sandokai by shunryu suzuki given at tassajara in 1970. deep and beautiful thoughts by a zen master.
Dave
Jul 03, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dharma
Great info about the Sandokai from one of the modern Zen Masters. Also is great for getting further inside the view of Zen.
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Suzuki Roshi was a Sōtō Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, and is renowned for founding the first Buddhist monastery outside Asia (Tassajara Zen Mountain Center). Suzuki founded San Francisco Zen Center, which along with its affiliate temples, comprises one of the most influential Zen organizations in the United States. A book of his teachings, Zen Mind, ...more
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