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Product Details

  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1ST edition (April 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734314
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers a basic understanding of Zen Buddhism. Special emphasis on discovering the experience of enlightenment in the midst of everyday life.

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Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1928, Dainin Katagiri was trained traditionally as a Zen teacher. He first came to the United States in 1963, to help with a Soto Zen Temple in Los Angeles. He later joined Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center and taught there until Suzuki Roshi’s death in 1971. He was then invited to form a new Zen center in Minneapolis, which, in addition to a monastery in the countryside of Minnesota, he oversaw until his death in 1990. He left behind a legacy of recorded teachings and twelve Dharma heirs. Katagiri is the author of several books, including Returning to Silence and You Have to Say Something.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
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The silence of the title is our essential core of being. In these essays, Dainin Katagiri Roshi talks about how to connect with this core, and to let it penetrate and resound through the moments of our lives. Katagiri Roshi was a sucessor of Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind Beginner's Mind) and like the later, he is at once simple and deep. These talks are not discourses, but "live words," spoken from the heart. They penetrate-- they beg read and read-read, to be taken in thougtfully and thoroughly digested. Katagri, in my mind one of the great modern masters, died in the early 90's. He has left us with this wonderful volume on what it is to know our essential self and to live our lives in this knowledge.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mateus N. C. Cunha on October 25, 2000
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This is perhaps one of the most profound books I ever read on Zen practice. His phrasing style is sometimes reminiscent of Heidegger's best philosophical prose. I strongly recommend it for the Zen practitioner... for the merely curious its considerations might appear too immaterial, for they are extremely subtle.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. However, I think that to someone who is not a fairly regular practitioner of zen meditation it may seem very strange. For those who DO practice zazen on a regular basis, this book has a lot to offer. It's a very pleasant, quasi-poetic extended meditation on many topics. Don't want to try to pigeonhole it much beyond that. I thought it was a great read and I'm grateful to the author for writing it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mycroft on September 2, 2005
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One of Roshi Katagiri's most profound books. I was lucky enough to have known him in San Francisco. His teachings changed my life.
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Love this book as a Zen practitioner. It spoke to my heart and my mind and expresses wisdom that is inspiring.
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