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Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice

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Maezumi Roshi told his students not to search for Zen, but rather develop an appreciation for their lives as their greatest teacher. This text is, therefore, not a teaching in the traditional sense, but crystalline offerings of Zen insight to reach beyond the intellect.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 27th 2001 by Shambhala Publications
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Ed
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I trained with Maezumi Roshi at ZCLA for 22 years, until his untimely death in 1995. I stayed because there was always more to learn. I have a hard time being "objective" about this book. The editors did the best they could working from transcripts of taped talks and editing them for the page. I was probably present for all these talks. Whenever I read in the book it re-activates how I experienced him speaking. But what is on the page feels like it captures about 10-15% of whatever transpired wh ...more
Cosuma
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overcome duality.
Michael
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and a good read.
Tim Nowotny
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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One of those books that can be read at any stage in your Progression and you find something. A marvel!
Eko
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a reread for me. Last read when it was published in 2001
Steve
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent teisho dharma. The selections from Dogen in the appendix are a nice bonus.
Enso 108
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that I will come back to again, much of Maezumi Roshi's wisdom is beyond my current understanding.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the book, I really did. 4 stars next time when I'm ready maybe 5.
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Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Short book- not a quick or particularly interesting read. Too much focus on particular people and less on meditation than I would have preferred.
Neill
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
need to read this 3 more times to absorb its simple wisdom
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