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Art of Just Sitting

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This unprecedented and unparalleled volume offers essential guidancefrom the most influential Buddhist masters, and from many of modern Zen's preeminent teacherson one of Zen's two most central practices. The second edition contains three new translations by renowned scholar-practitioners. This is essential for readers interested in meditation or Eastern religion. There is

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Published June 10th 2005 by Wisdom Publications MA (first published 2002)
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Apr 11, 2008 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bunch of essays and writings around the topic of 'just sitting' or 'shikantaza' or 'silent illumination'. there are a few good writings in here. but alot of it is covering the same ground which is good to hear things repeated in different ways. most of the writings touch on dogen's writings about zazen, or the lancet of seated meditation, or hongzhi's 'silent illumination'. for a deeper more poetic look into shikantaza, id recommend 'cultivating the empty field : the silent illumination of zen ...more
Ona Kiser
Apr 15, 2013 Ona Kiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book on Zen I've read that I just drank like water. A really nice diversity of essays. Nice commentaries on classic stories and teachings. Highly recommended.
Tim Weakley
A very good selection of texts relating to shikantaza, or sitting meditation. I really enjoyed the mixture of early, and modern masters and what they had to say. It improved my personal practice.
Jan 31, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to find out about Zen Buddhism, there are other books that will give you a good introduction. If you have an established sitting practice, then this is probably the best practical manual available.

Because it's an anthology of short pieces from the Buddha onwards, the teachings are from a wide variety perspectives on a wide variety of issues, so whatever help you need, you stand a good chance of finding it here.
Jul 05, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of the articles in this anthology were worth reading; some were mediocre, and a couple were Zen obscurantism at its worst. And to add to the problem, the connection between the supposed subject and some of the selections was a bit strained. This one shouldn't go on anybody's "must read" list.
Just skimming this now. As usual the ancient pieces are the most beautiful and the most paradoxical. Skip however to the American masters and you begin to get readable prose. I like the volume and look forward to reading the elders at mind-numbing length.
Walter Burton
Dec 30, 2013 Walter Burton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As noted by others some essays are hard to "get into" but on the whole it give a great deal if insight into the purpose and practice do Zazen. It is a book I will visit later as my practice progresses.
Tom Otvos
Some of the essays were quite hard to penetrate, others very interesting or useful. Very much a reference that can be consulted many times over.
Monkey C
great book, but not for the beginner. some zen training required to understand the principles/concepts expressed.
Aug 10, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn good. Seminal works with commentary. Educational, very. Requires attention, but rewards it.
Aug 19, 2014 cesar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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