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Grassroots Zen

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Many Zen Buddhist practitioners have come to question some of Japanese Zen's less democratic aspects -- from the strict, male-dominated hierarchies to the racial overtones. At the same time, modern American Buddhists often find it difficult to integrate zazen (seated Zen meditation) with lives of family, work, and social engagement. This book offers a fascinating guide to ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Tuttle Publishing
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Torsten Helmich
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece. If you interested in western zen philosophy, you will not be disappointed.
Tom Gaetjens
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm honestly still not sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I think the idea of divorcing Zen from its Asian roots is necessary if one's goal is to make Zen truly universal, but on the other hand, it could easily be interpreted as appropriation. To what extent are the structures of formal Zen study necessary for the study and to what extent are they simply artifacts of the millennia of Buddhist history. This book assumes there are core beliefs in Zen that can be applied outside the ...more
Tom
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boundless and free is the sky of samadhi.
Bright the full moon of wisdom!
Truly, is anything missing now?
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes;
This very place is the lotus land;
This very body, the Buddha.
Hakuin

No need for wishful thinking, hoping, or believing.
No need for self improvement or future heavens.
Free, living this ever moving, changing now.


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