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Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken
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it was ok
bookshelves: zen
Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 1995.

The problem with some books on Zen is that they focus too much on the dogmatic; when to sit, how to sit, what hand position to make, what gatha to say for what meal. Perhaps if you're planning to live in a Zen monastery all that might be useful, but for the rest of us - well, me anyway - it isn't.

The book was recommended to me 20 years ago when I started on this path, and it, along with a few others, was the reason I spent the first two years completely lost. Thinking I needed to wear robes, and burn incense, and bow and chant did nothing for providing insight into Zen.
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Jonn And in the end you found the middle path, correct? Isn't that what the book kind of suggests? It provides you with a glimpse of organized fellowship of ones who take a middle path together and informs you of basic customs. Pretty helpful, I think. To each their mountain.


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