The "Big Mind" that Zen Buddhist master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi so poetically described in his classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind shines throughout this collection of talks by Kwong, a disciple and authorized successor of Suzuki's. Appropriately for someone erasing the usual dualistic lines that separate self and other, Kwong's voice is strikingly reminiscent of his teacher's, from the traditional stories and poems he cites to the same central figures of speech and simple diction he uses. The book is also organized like Zen Mind into three parts with quotes pulled out to head each chapter. It even includes 10 of Kwong's calligraphic illustrations, while Zen Mind opens with calligraphy facing its title page. Unlike his teacher, however, the California-born Kwong speaks the language of Zen with an American accent. He is intimately familiar with the American lexicon of words and values, which gives him direct experience-important in Zen-to bring to the cultural meeting of modern American and Japanese Zen minds. He uses "living words"-concrete nouns and simple examples from everyday observation or experience-rather than abstract concepts to make plain and understandable the teasing and logic-confounding contradictions found in Zen. Culled from a lifetime of teaching and studying, the book is persuasive. It is the fruit of a ripened mind, hardened by practice but also softened by the compassionate wisdom drawn from those same long years of experience.
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“California-born Kwong speaks the language of Zen with an American accent. . . . The book is persuasive. It is the fruit of a ripened mind, hardened by practice but also softened by the compassionate wisdom drawn from those same long years of experience.”—Publishers Weekly
“Following in the profound lineage of Suzuki-roshi, Jakusho Kwong offers an open-hearted Zen with an immediacy that is both illuminating and simple. These teachings give us confidence to return to our original mind.”—Jack Kornfield
Terrific book in an oddly simple and gentle fashion. His writing is unassuming, humble and light in touch as he covers many aspects of the practical application of Zen in real... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M
Received this before it's scheduled delivery. Was given "The Eye Never Sleeps" and found it lifechanging. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ron Kidd / All About the Elements, inc.
Excellent book. The author writes eloquently with simple, easy to understand and meaningful words that helps the reader to understand how Zen can be deeply integrated and lived in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maliv
This is a wonderful collection of Dharma talks by the teacher at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in California. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pryor123
I've read lots of these books and I felt this was a hard read. There are many books on Zen that read easier.Published 20 months ago by JUST ME
Not since Suuiki Roshi's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" have I found a book which presents the essence of Zen practice in the west so clearly presented.Published 22 months ago by Japanese Float
I first learned about Jakusho Kwong Roshi from an audiobook that I purchased from Audible called "Breathe Sweeps Mind". Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer