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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302910
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a book that should grace the shelves of any practitioner, not only because of Dogen's classic text but also for the unequivocal way in which the commentary amplifies the text and makes the very important point that a Buddhist practice, if it is to mean anything, must touch every area of life and not just the confines of the meditation cushion."—The Middle Way

"I am glad to see Uchiyama Roshi's classic commentary to Instructions for the Zen Cook back in print. Dogen's original text (here in Thomas Wright's lucid translation) is particularly applicable to everyday spirituality in the world, and Roshi's commentary, full of gritty, funny stories about his early days as a monk in pre- and post-war Japan, and charming tales from Buddhist and Japanese folklore, evidence a plain-speaking, shoot-from-the hip approach to Zen that is as refreshing now (possibly more so!) as it was when the book first came out. Zen masters of this full-bodied tasty vintage are hard to find these days!"—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, former abbot, San Francisco Zen Center; founder and teacher, Everyday Zen Foundation; author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up

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Dogen (1200–1253) is known as the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect.

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By Farrar Brian John on January 19, 2014
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The Author has a truly unique capacity to explain. Wonderful book. Inspiring, but down to earth pratical, keeping it real.
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20 of 35 people found the following review helpful By William D. Colburn VINE VOICE on April 15, 2009
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This is a hard review to write. This is, as is already pointed out in the Amazon description, a classic text by Eihei Dogen. I can't say anything about this book that someone else hasn't already said more eloquently.

If you don't know who Dogen is, or even what a Tenzo is, then I will state now that this book probably isn't for you. There are better introductions to the subject available. On the other hand, if you know you need this book, then you don't need me to tell you so.

The only thing I feel qualified to comment on is the binding; and I find the binding to be excellent. It seems like a solidly constructed book that will hold up to years of use.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2014
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Nice story but I think it could have been done much better. It was a good read but not one I will read more than once.
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12 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Merrell on August 20, 2009
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This book was recommended to me by my dear friend and Zen priest Reverend Kensho Furuya.

It is a masterpiece. One paragraph in particular resonated with me profoundly and helped transform the way I look at life.
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