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The Art of Zen Meditation

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Bestselling author Howard Fast’s straightforward introduction to Zen meditation
Howard Fast began to formally practice Zen meditation after turning away from communism in 1956. The Art of Zen Meditation, originally published by the antiwar political collective Peace Press in 1977, is the fruit of Fast’s study: a brief and instructive history of Zen Buddhism and its tenets,
ebook, 44 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Open Road Publishing (first published December 1st 1977)
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This brief book gives an overview of author Howard Fast's approach to Zen meditation. It is a helpful, practical guide. Like many other books on the subject, there is not a lot to be said, so the real judge of such a book has to be whether it achieves its aims. Given that I'm looking for some insight into meditation in general, I think that it does. The edition I read is available as a free ebook download and includes a short biography of the author, best known for Spartacus and many other novel ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, buddhism
Well...damn. That was fast. This is more like a pamphlet than a book, and it is a very basic "Zen 101" sort of thing. How to sit, how to breathe, how to mediate, with a lot of black and white pictures of mellow looking 70s people. I read Howard Fast's book April Morning which I liked very much. I have not read anything else he's written. It is my understanding that he was called in front of HUAC back in the 1950s for being a communist (which he was), but he later renounced Communism and became a ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
A practical guide for Westerners who are beginning zen -- or any -- meditation. Fast addresses the issue and problems that Westerners who are unfamiliar with meditation are likely to face. For instance, although he advises sitting cross-legged, he does describes other methods, such as sitting in a chair or against a wall for those of us who joints are not that flexible. The photographs depict the diversity of ages, races, and sexes who practice meditation, and support the central idea of the tex ...more
Robert Lewter
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a book written by a communist that gives step by step instructions on how to meditate. The short version: 1)Sit cross-legged, 2)Concentrate on your breath going in and out, 3)Don't think or do anything at all. Now you've got your CDL. No wait....
Naga Di Kandang
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I appreciated this. It's more of a pamphlet in length than a book -- I think the author notes are longer than the original text. But it's a detailed and clear example of an approach to zen meditation, with suggestions for further reading.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First 50 pages are good. That's it!

simply not worth the time. book begins well but falls off track leaving reader disappointed. there are plenty of other books out there on the topic to waste your time on this one.

Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
It really didn't tell me much I didn't already know about meditation.
Very slight book on zen by the author of Spartacus. The biographical material was nearly As long as the book. My response: The sound of one hand clapping.
Rose Cimarron
A nice introduction to Zen, the art of sitting. It gives a different view and method of meditating to the one I'm used to. I shall be trying out this method.
Benjamin Barnes

This little book is okay. My only problem with it was most of the book was a short biography of Fasts life. This book read through far to quickly.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Very basic intro to Zen. A good place to start but otherwise very limited. Very quick read.
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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