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No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

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In No Beginning, No End, Zen master Jakusho Kwong-roshi shows us how to treasure the ordinary activities of our daily lives through an understanding of simple Buddhist practices and ideas. The author’s spontaneous, poetic, and pragmatic teachings—so reminiscent of his spiritual predecessor Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)—transport us on an exciting journey into ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Harmony (first published March 11th 2003)
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David Guy
Mar 18, 2016 David Guy rated it it was amazing
I like what I think of as the original teachers, the people who were prominent where I first began practicing Buddhism in 1991. My all-time favorite is Shunryu Suzuki, whose Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind was the first Zen book I ever read. Kosho Uchiyama, whose books were around then, and who was still alive at the time, was also a great favorite, especially Opening the Hand of Thought and How to Cook Your Life, which was then titled, and is now subtitled, From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment. I re ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it
I got this book from Kwong-roshi himself!! for performing taiko at the Sonoma Mountain Center (signed and all!)

finally got around to reading it, and I liked the prose and voice a lot. even though it was confusing at times and the examples went around in circles a lot (which I guess is the point?) it was still an interesting read and helped me understand more about zen and Buddhism
Jan 07, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This might sound weird to say, but this book was YUMMY. I mean, I could sprinkle it on my pizza and devour it whole. SO YUMMY! As a Zen practitioner I found this book to be extremely helpful and easily accessible. However, I would only recommend it to people who have already read Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind", because he does reference that text quite a bit. Also, if you don't already have at least a basic understanding of Buddhism, you might be a bit confused. There is lots of vo ...more
Ross Cohen
Kwong-Roshi's writing is clear, close, and sensitive to the moment – an excellent complement to his Zen.
Garrett Dunnington
Jan 07, 2015 Garrett Dunnington rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism, religion, zen, 2015
This is the best elaborate introduction to Zen I have read.
Mar 26, 2013 BlueGiant rated it it was amazing
It is challenging to find balance and inner peace in our hurried world. The author Jakusho Kwong has created a practical road map to help readers achieve equilibrium. The stories within these pages help one to visualize how to (1) understand Zen principles, & (2) how Zen principles appear in practice. This work is very enlightening, and too, demands continual reads to develop deep understanding of the material presented.
Jun 16, 2010 Ariel rated it really liked it
this was a GREAT book. for anyone interested in learning more about zen buddhism, this book is poetic, clear, and very easy to read. it reads more like a personal spiritual experience than an academic book, but after reading it i feel there really is no other way to "explain" a spiritual path.
Aug 07, 2011 Dodi rated it liked it
Like most books I've read about Zen, there is much I appreciate and understand. There is also much I don't understand and makes my brain hurt. It was a challenging read for me, but worthwhile.
Dec 14, 2008 Robert rated it it was ok
A Chinese who wanted to be Japanese! You'd think this would appeal to a Canadian who wants to be Chinese...
Manuel Sánchez
I read this in 2011
Chris Hall
Jul 29, 2012 Chris Hall rated it really liked it
Just a few more zen stories that I haven't read.
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