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An Invitation to Practice Zen

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An Invitation to Practice Zen answers this need. Its author makes no glib claims or airy promised. He admits that the way of Zen is not easy to follow. But for those willing to undertake the work, he offers concise, easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate Zen into your life-how to establish a regular program of practice that will make available ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published December 12th 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1989)
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S.N. Arly
Oct 30, 2014 S.N. Arly rated it liked it
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While this is a decent introductory book, I don't think I'm cut out for Zen. I use several forms of meditation, sitting, standing, and walking, and none are as proscriptive as the methods described here. That said, if you're interested in Zen, this is probably a helful tool for you to decide if it's right for you. It's also a reasonably quick read.

I found thisbook to be a mix of useful information and dull passages that didn't add to my understanding. The writing is a bit wordy, which occasional
Cody Ray
Apr 30, 2016 Cody Ray rated it really liked it
A great little introduction to zen practice. Achieves a good balance between practical (how to sit/zazen properly), the big picture (increasing mindfulness in daily life) and theory (attempting to come to awakening without actually doing the practice just to become awakened). There's definitely some tricky logic in here (or the fact that I'm applying logic at all is faulty) but its not overly flowery or convoluted -- for the most part pretty direct and straightforward.
Jan 08, 2015 Lawanen rated it liked it
It's an insightful book. I really wish I wasn't as passive as I was while reading it. The author had greatly convied the philosopies of Zen that's why on the first 3 sections, I couldn't put the book down. But I lost my interest when it started talking about the technical details that must be followed to practice Zen. Though at times the book points out some awe inspiring virtues which I think are down right coherent to our truth, I sadly couldn't get myself to be completely immersed with Zen an ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Eliot rated it really liked it
Another great one if you want to learn about meditation, being present and living life on your terms.
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