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Breath Sweeps Mind: The Intimate Heart of Zen Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, Audiobook


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; Unabridged edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591790328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591790327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zen Master Jakusho Kwong-roshi is Dharma successor to the legendary Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, the beloved teacher known for making Zen Buddhism accessible to Americans.

About the Author

Jakusho Kwong-roshi was born in Santa Rosa in 1935 and began studying Zen with Shunruyu Suzuki-roshi in 1959. He received ordination at San Francisco Zen Center in 1970 and began establishing Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in 1973 as his commemoration to his teacher. Kwong-roshi completed Dharma transmission in 1978 through Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi at Rinsoin, Japan. He travels annually to the Southwest, Iceland, and Poland to lead sesshins for affiliate sitting groups. He teaches ordinary Zen in everyday life as nothing special but the aliveness we bring to each moment.

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The audio on this six CD set is perfect.
S. Starman
I HIGHLY recommend this tape series to anyone interested at all in discovering what Zen practice is all about.
John H. Soper
Jakusho Kwong has given us a gift in these tapes that is fresh, yet still conveys the ageless quality of Zen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alice Bolocan on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
A poet's sensitivities are required to do justice to the Breath Sweeps Mind tapes. As I am not one, I can only speak from the heart. The tapes are an excellent companion to Roshi Kwong's book: "No Beginning No End". Each deepens and extends the undertanding of the other. Upon finishing the book,I found myself
going back and re-reading sections to savor the message and
to clarify matters. Later,I discovered the tapes provided this for me on a whole different plane than I expected. While focsued on the tapes, I truly felt I was sitting in Roshi's study in the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center surrounded by gigantic, majestic California redwood trees having a personal one-to-one instruction in all matters Buddhist. I felt absolutely
transported, the tapes were so effective in conveying Roshi's presence. It was like having a session with your personal Buddhist "trainer", and having the session whenever and whereever you wanted it. Yet,I was actually listening to these tapes while hiking in the backwood hills of Delaware moved to tears by his teachings and its relationship to the beautiful emptiness before me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Jakusho Kwong has given us a gift in these tapes that is fresh, yet still conveys the ageless quality of Zen. He speaks of the subtle and the magnificent, in a most intimate way.
A combination of his own teachers' wisdom, his Asian heritage and his very American roots, Kwong Roshi's flavor of Zen is at once simple and straightforward. His voice itself moves one into a certain silence and calm that sitting on a meditation cushion sometimes seems to hinder rather than promote. There is a definite resemblance to his teacher Shunryu Suzuki in the way he speaks and his care for each moment, as well as for the traditions and forms that set Zen aside from other Buddhist traditions. Carefully, Roshi describes bowing, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and many many more elements of Zen.
If you would like a true taste of what Zen is like from the inside, I highly recommend these tapes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Richards on March 22, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
This is a very unique item: for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. I have read dozens of books on Buddhism but to listen to a living teacher like Kwong-Roshi is simply indescribable. After listening a short while, I realize I'm not really concerned with what he's saying. I'm hearing him breathe, feeling the radiant warmth of his humor, feeling the aura of compassion touching my own heart. These wonderful tapes are like sitting across from the teacher, perhaps sharing a cup of tea with him or taking a short walk together.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Swenson on August 22, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
From the first haunting notes of the flute, to the sound of the bell, to Kwong, Roshi's gentle voice, exquisite stories and readings, this audio cassette series is a gift and an invitation. We are invited to sit down, relax and just listen. This listening is a very welcome break and an opportune time to get re-acquainted.
As I was listening to this beautiful series of Roshi's, I was struck by the variety and multi-layered depth of the talks he is giving to us. His compassion and generosity are showing in that there is something for everyone. And for those of us who do not understand everything, I am reminded of the lines in the Epilogue of Suzuki Roshi's book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind:

"..And if you do not understand me just now, some day you will.."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikhael on June 4, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I am deeply grateful for this collection of Kwong Roshi's talks. Roshi's book, "No Beginning No End", is a wonderful study in Zen, but in this series of audiotapes Kwong Roshi patiently instructs the listener in all the main meditation practices of Zen. When I hear his voice rising from the speakers, my mind stops, and I am aware of my breathing. This is Roshi's gift to us all. I encourage Sounds True to release "Breath Sweeps Mind" on CD, thereby making Kwong Roshi's teachings available to a wider audience.
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