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An Introduction to Zen Training

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An Introduction to Zen Training is a translation of Sanzen Nyumon, a key text by one of the foremost Zen teachers of the twentieth century.

Written to provide a solid introduction to the physical nature of Zen training, this text discusses breath, pain, posture, drowsiness, state of mind, and physiology, as well as the context in which this training takes on meaning.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Tuttle Publishing
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Oct 31, 2011 Sean rated it liked it
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It's exactly what the title says. I'm about halfway through, and it's a very nuts-and-bolts overview of practicing Zen. It's worth reading if you meditate; the advice in the chapter on zazen posture and technique has moved me from being uncomfortable within a few minutes to being able to sit for upwards of an hour without a problem.

Beyond that, it's really a bit too wooish for my tastes. I've been skimming the parts that talk about ringing bells with mind bullets or whatever. It's a shame that t
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Mar 25, 2016 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to learn to meditate.
This is a guidebook that explains how to sit for meditation—particularly in the Rinzai style. It describes all the fundamentals one needs to begin Zen sitting including: posture, breathing, where to look, what to do with one’s hands, and even how to get up after a long session. It also provides background information about what to look for in a teacher, what differentiates Rinzai from Soto Zen, and what the objective of practice is (and why it is sought after.) This makes it sound like a dry, te ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Wina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: I've read 3 chapters only
I picked up this book 4 years ago, when I started my zen training. I tried reading it at that time, but found it extremely difficult.

I started reading it again for my zen training and after 4 years, it is beginning to come together for me. Concepts and ideas that were uncomprehensible started to come together for me. I read the first 3 chapters and enjoyed the first two chapters the most.

This will be a book that I'll have to continue reading over and over again.

Nov 30, 2009 Wolf rated it it was amazing
Its purpose is in its title. You cannot find a better manual for beginning the study of Zen.
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Japanese Rinzai Rōshi, a successor in the Tenryū-ji line of Rinzai Zen, and former president of Hanazono University, the Rinzai university in Kyoto, Japan. He became a priest in 1945.
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