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What Is Zen?

Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
February, 2016
ISBN:
9781611802436
In stock now: 
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$20.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This unique introduction to Zen teaching and practice takes the remarkably accessible form of question-and-answer—making it a most useful reference for looking things up. But whether you're a neophyte or a seasoned practitioner, you'll want to read the whole thing. The questioner (Susan Moon) and the answerer (Norman Fischer) are old friends (both of them in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind), each with a unique gift for articulation, and their friendly conversation covers not only the basics but a range of issues unique to Zen in North America in the twenty-first century, including:

  • What is zazen and how do you do it?
  • Where did Zen start and where did it come from?
  • Will I have an enlightenment experience?
  • What is the law of karma in a nutshell?
  • What do Zen Buddhists say about rebirth?
  • How do you recognize a good, solid Zen teacher?

This collaborative effort has a playful tone: Susan asks a question on our behalf, Norman answers it, and then Sue challenges him. By the time you get through their conversations, you’ll have a good basic education in Zen

"'What is Zen?' is a perplexing question, one I’m frequently asked, and one I ask myself, again and again. Norman Fischer and Sue Moon's conversation is a wonderful, profound, affectionate, and immensely readable answer to this perplexing and ultimately unanswerable question. What Is Zen? is a book I know I'll return to again and again, whenever the question arises."—Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

Publisher’s Description: 

An accessible and enjoyable introduction to Zen Buddhist practice in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format by two highly regarded teacher-writers.

The question-and-answer format makes this introduction to Zen especially easy to understandand also to use as a reference, as you can easily look up just the question you had in mind. The esteemed Zen teacher Norman Fischer and his old friend and teaching colleague Susan Moon (both of them in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind) give this collaborative effort a playful tone: Susan asks a question on our behalf, Norman answers it, and then Sue challenges him. By the time you get through their conversations, you'll have a good basic education in Zen--not only the history, theory, and practice but also the contemporary issues, such as gender inequality, sexual ethics, and the tension between Asian traditions and the modern American reality.

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