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On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind

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This updated landmark volume makes available for the first time in decades the teachings that were formative to a whole generation of American Zen teachers and students. Conceived as an overarching primer on the practice of Zen, chapters in this volume address every aspect of practice: beginning practice, shikantaza, chanting, sesshin, working with Mu, and the nature of ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Wisdom Publications (first published January 1st 1975)
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Gabrielle
This book is a collection of essays and teachings about various aspect of Zen practice; I found it to be the closest I have read so far to a handbook on Zen. The book explores the motivations behind practice, the physical techniques (proper posture, breathing and bowing, etc.), retreats, as well as koans and sutras.

The authors of the various essays all write in a very inspiring, easy to grasp and encouraging tone: the importance and simplicity of Zen is explained with equal measures of wisdom
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Aldemir Lachapelle
Excellent manual, with one of the best explanations I have seen of the most important Zen concepts. I would say it is the perfect complement to the also excellent "The Three Pillars of Zen".

If I had to recommend two books on Zen Buddhism, these two would be, with "The Three Pillars of Zen" for beginners, and "On Zen Practice" for the more advanced disciple.
Bill
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful little book which I have read through twice and go back to specific pages more than that. "Not knowing is the most intimate." Keishin
Marius-Ioan Greab
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scandalagiul din mănăstirile Zen
Ești, la urma urmei, tu.
Todd
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first learned that this book was being used for our fall ango, I thought it might be a bit basic, but it was so incredibly nourishing. It touches on so many points: zazen, sesshin, bowing, koans, and more. It's well worth the read. Since it is a collection of essays, it does have some redundancy, but it is bearable.
Rob
This volume provides good practical advice on zazen and some worthwhile essays on zen in general.
Jane
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism, re-read
first read this in the late 70's for an Eastern Religions course, Still have the original 1975 edition! While the pictures are "dated" the concepts probably still hold true.
Steve
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hardcore. Everything you wanted to know about Zen, but were afraid to ask. More for the serious practitioner than the beginner (if you haven't read Shunryu Suzuki, I'd head there first).
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