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Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple Hardcover – April 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-4770030757 ISBN-10: 4770030754 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030754
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Born in 1959, Nonomura traveled widely in China and Tibet as a young man. He worked as a designer before his year at Eiheiji. After his year there, he returned to his design job, and it was on the daily crowded train commute to work that he began to scribble his recollections of his Eiheiji experience, and these scribblings eventually became Eat Sleep Sit, the author's only book.

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Nonetheless, if you find the topic interesting, I recommend this book highly.
Julie H. Rose
This is a very unique book in that it gives a glimpse inside the Eiheji Zen Temple in Japan which is a training temple for monks.
PT Cruiser
The writing (I suppose that is the translator) was reallly good, and this is a superior quality book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2009
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This book offers a view of Zen Buddhist practice that will come as a surprise to many Americans with an interest in Buddhism. The book tells of the rigorous, harsh, and all-consuming training that young male recruits undergo at Eiheji. Located in the mountains in a remote area of Japan, Eiheji Monastery was founded by Dogen (1200 -1253) in 1244. A Buddhist monk, Dogen travelled to China and brought back to Japan what became known as the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. Eiheji remains the head temple of Soto Zen. It trains priests who serve in Zen temples throughout Japan.

In this memoir, Kaoru Nonomura describes the year he spent in training at Eiheji. As a young man of 30, Nonomura was a university graduate who had travelled throughout Asia and had a good job as a designer. He lived with his parents. Nonomura is vague about what led him to abandon his life for the rigors on training as a monk. He writes "I'd grown weary of my life, had come to feel the entanglements of society so burdensome and disagreable that I'd resolved to flee them by becoming a Zen Buddhist Monk --and yet now that society's hold on me was slipping. I felt increasingly sad and sentimental." (p.13) Nonomura bids a short farewell to his parents and his girlfriend and sets out for Eiheji.

Nonomura's book details the harsh, rigorous training to which he had subjected himself at Eiheji. Designed to strip the recruits of their egos and concepts of self, the training subjected Nonomura, who as a monk received the name of Rosan, to beatings, kicks, and abuse, to long days beginning at 1:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on June 6, 2009
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This is not an easy read. The author, experiencing an early midlife crisis goes off to the toughest Zen monastery in Japan for a year. Like the subject, the writing is austere and deliberately lean. Pages, indeed whole chapters are devoted to the description of how a monk should brush his teeth or conduct himself during a meal. This is spiritual boot camp and I can tell you, I wouldn't last a week in such an environment. The author is subjected to emotional torment and even beating as he bumbles his way through the labyrinth of arcane rules and regulations, memorizing prayers and rituals that include the striking of various drums, bells and gongs in an exact order and timing throughout the day. Everything is regulated and deliberately uncomfortable. Rigorous does not begin to describe the life these men must endure. Everything from the way they wear their robes and wash their faces is proscribed down to the finest detail.

Does the author learn something in his year at Eiheiji? Its hard to say. On reflection, he says he thinks twice about killing an insect. He no longer eats more than necessary. He has become capable of tears. All good and useful things. He does seem to come away with an appreciation for the preciousness of each moment. This is golden wisdom. Still, I couldn't help but wonder what the Buddha himself would've thought of this extreme training designed to strip a person of his ego but in such a brutal way. Would the Awakened One see this as faithful to the Middle Way he espoused?

This book maddened me, frustrated me and several times I grew impatient with it. How could this calculated and systematic breaking down of a man actually lead to freedom? They say there are many paths to the top of the mountain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric San Juan VINE VOICE on March 17, 2009
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Kaoru Nonomura decided to throw away his normal life and for a time live in one of the most rigorous, harrowing Zen temples in Japan. Why did he do this? For the experience, we presume. His motivation was not altogether clear.

And what an experience it was. As he chronicles in Eat Sleep Sit, he endured brutal training, harsh discipline, and an altogether uncomfortable way of living on his way to reaching enlightenment.

But don't expect a philosophical book. This book does not wax philosophical, it chronicles what seems like the mundane -- doing chores, washing floors, maintaining a strict daily routine -- in outlining what Nonomura endured. Oh, and the physical punishment. A LOT of physical punishment. Getting slugged for not sitting properly is the norm here.

Yet Nonomura not only endured it, he found that the experience enriched his life and view of the world.

Western folks in love with the idea of Zen Buddhism too often romanticize it, not fully understanding what it means to devote your life to the practice. This dose of reality is eye-opening, fascinating, and absolutely necessary.

Sparsely and simply written (and translated from Japanese), Eat Sleep Sit is easy to absorb for even the most casual of readers, yet the simple presentation saps none of its power. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hyman VINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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I did not know what to expect from this book, and was very happily surprised. It is a lovingly told story about the author's year in an austere zen monastery, that he entered in part to find meaning in life.

He recounts with great detail the feelings and the rituals of existence in the monastery, often strict, often seemingly cruel, but he provides a beautiful context around it, and shows how these rituals lead to a peaceful introspection.

The book doesn't preach. It doesn't provide spin. Instead, it provides a detailed recounting of the experience, in a way that makes you appreciate and respect the traditions and what the author went through.

Although I know it is not an experience I could go through or want to go through, it brought me great respect for those who do, and a much better feeling for what it is like.

In a world filled with lightweight Zen babble, it is a refreshing book that is quite the opposite.

Very interesting and a lovely read.
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