Ambivalent Zen is a memoir by Author Lawrence Shainberg that describes his tangled history with the practice of Zen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley L Kautz
The anecdotes in this book are a hoot! An honest, tortured look behind the scenes of Zen Buddhism in this country.Published 1 month ago by Wolfgangus
"Still thinking about virtue , I ask if he (Roshi) considers himself a
religious person? No, he says. I am not against religion, but it's an
inconvenience. Read more
This memoir spans forty years of a smart man's attempt to shake off an authority figure. That figure may be his father, Alan Watts, Krishnamurti, a series of Japanese Zen masters,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John L Murphy
I started reading this book a few months back. I only got 20 pages into it and I was hooked. When I was given the opportunity to buy the book and continue reading it later on, I... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by franktothemax
That's how I felt about half way through this book.
The author's story isn't uninteresting. Read more
This book peeked my interest when i realized it was about Master Min Pai. There are a few chapters about him towards the end of the book.Published on December 17, 2011 by Butterfly Hand
Human beings are unique as a species in their ability to master their environment. One of our most powerful tools in establishing such mastery is the ability to dichotomize; to... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by James Gerofsky
I want to recommend Shainberg's memoir, Ambivalent Zen, to all aspiring American Zennists.
First of all, to be honest, it's always seemed to me that America and the West... Read more