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Simple Zen: A Guide to Living Moment by Moment (Simple Series) Paperback – May 15, 1999
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About the Author
Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins live in San Diego and are both psychologists who have specialized in studies of the mind. They have devoted many years to the study of hypnosis and have taught meditation skills to people of all ages. They have also spent the past 25 years involved in the martial arts as practitioners, instructors, and writers. Their work in meditation spans their two worlds of professional interest: martial arts and psychology, adding a unique and comprehensive perspective to this book. In addition to contributing regularly to martial arts publications, they are the authors of Principles of Meditation, Living Meditation, Zen Around the World, and Meditation from Thought to Action, all published by Tuttle.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Simple Zen" offers a fairly complete introduction to the origins of zen, about the different schools and their diffent approaches to attain enlightenment, important Zen masters of present and past, as well as a very usable ways for beginners to get started. Apart from the historical aspects, "Simple Zen" also deals with Zen "applications" apart from zazen (sitting meditation)--things like sumi-e (ink painting), haiku (poetry), ikebana, cha-no-yu (the tea way), martial arts, as well as a chapter on Zen in psychotherapy.
The bibliography at the end of the book is loaded with interesting book titles for further study. "Simple Zen"is an excellent entry point to get into Zen, which can be a daunting task for a Westerner whithout any guidance. What I especially like about a zen book is that it is short (this one has about 160 pages) and no lengthy highly philosophical intros. After all Zen is supposed to be something that cannot described with words... :-) Its something to be experienced.
There is a lot to discover and this book points into the right direction. An inspiring read in a world that painfully lacks spirituality.
This book is an excellent guide for simplifying your life. By introducing a little bit of zen into your stressful life- you could definitely make your life a little bit more bearable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informed, clear, articulate, uncluttered, to the point, poetic, effective. Great for beginners. Excellent for the advanced students of Zen as a reinforcement and clarification. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Pavel Somov, Ph.D., psychologist, author of "Lotus Effect" and "Present Perfect"
Let's start with the 'good' news - this book is NOT 128 pages long, it is, including bibliography and index, 158 pages in length. Read morePublished on May 6, 2001 by Karl