Do a roll call of the major foreign Zen priests who lived in America to transmit Zen, and you have a pretty short list: Shunryu Suzuki, Seung Sahn, and Taizan Maezumi. Of these, Maezumi is the least well-known, though he transmitted to 12 successors and established 35 Zen centers. In the great Zen tradition of recording a master's words, Maezumi's students have brought together a number of his teisho, presentations to the disciples of a master's realization. Rather than general lectures or public talks, these short pieces were meant to be heard at times of intense practice, during breaks in meditation, when the student's mind is piqued for sparks of enlightenment. Maezumi touches on subjects relevant to the serious practitioner--the bodhi mind, life as a koan, practicing the paramitas, copying sutras, etc. Though not technically difficult, these pieces assume a background in the fundamentals of Buddhism, perfect for the increasing number of readers who have progressed beyond the introductory level and seek more sophisticated guidance. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A brilliant, simple, infinitely subtle appreciation of this precious life."—Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard "With a loving heart, Maezumi Roshi carried these teachings in his two hands across the ocean to offer to the West. Now you hold them in your hands, the subtle, profound, enigmatic Zen that awakens trust in your own true nature. Enjoy."—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry "We are fortunate, with Appreciate Your Life , to finally have a volume that evokes the voice and broad-minded teaching that have meant so much to all of us in Western Zen."—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen priest and poet, founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation, senior dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center "Maezumi Roshi's dharma is gentle, generous, accessible, humorous, and above all encouraging."—Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen and Original Dwelling Place --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Wonderful book! He explains Zen is such a clear way and he has a very good sense of humor! I enjoyed it very much!Published 4 months ago by Richard Wigton
A wonderful, charming life - filled with moments that will wake you up.Published 6 months ago by Eric C Schwartz
Great book, very helpful for anyone interested in the practice of Zen.Published 8 months ago by jake
This has always been a favorite of mine and I've given many copies to friends. Maezumi Roshi's clarity and kindness shines through.Published 24 months ago by Gary W. Janka