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The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics

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In Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken provided a concise guide to zazen (Zen meditation) and other aspects of the practice of Zen. In The Mind of Clover he addresses the world beyond the zazen cushions, illuminating issues of appropriate personal and social action through an exploration of the philosophical complexities of Zen ethics.

Aitken's approach is clear and sure
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Paperback, 202 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by North Point Press
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Jan Leent
Sep 15, 2014 Jan Leent rated it it was amazing
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“The Mind of Clover – Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics” starts with chapters on the ten precepts for Buddhist.

In the chapter on the second precept "Not Stealing", Robert Aitken cites Unto Tahtinen:
"There are two ways of avoiding war: one way is to satisfy everyone's desire, the other way is to content oneself with the good. The former is not possible due to the limitations of the world and therefore there remains this second alternative of contentment"

And then he cites Mahatma Gandhi:
"In India we
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Tom
Apr 11, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
Clear prose. and clearer thought.
Manny
Oct 18, 2012 Manny rated it it was amazing
Very deep. I got a lot out of it, but I knew I'd be re-reading it right after I finishing. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in morality,/ethics, or their place in the world.
Sophia Dunn
Dec 17, 2012 Sophia Dunn rated it it was amazing
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A book to be read over and over; to read in small chunks and spend time reflecting. This book is simply, clearly inspirational. It will encourage and inspire your practice at its core.
Kasey Jueds
Aug 29, 2009 Kasey Jueds rated it it was amazing
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It took me so long to finish this because I read it so slowly... so much to absorb, in the best way. Compassionate, wise, moving, down-to-earth.
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It providesa good discussion of the Buddhist precepts.
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Robert Aitken is a retired master of the Diamond Sangha, a Zen Buddhist society he founded in Honolulu in 1959 with his late wife Anne Hopkins Aitken.

A lifetime resident of Hawai‘i, Aitken Rōshi is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i with a BA degree in English literature and an MA degree in Japanese studies. In 1941, he was captured on Guam by invading Japanese forces, and interned in Japan
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