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The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk Paperback – September 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1596050419 ISBN-10: 1596050411

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596050411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596050419
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzuki, best known as the man who brought Zen classics to the West, sheds light on all phases of a monk’s experience, from being refused admittance at the door to finally understanding the meaning of one’s koan. Suzuki explains the initiation ceremony, the act of begging, and the life of prayers, meditation, and service. Suzuki’s introduction, written in 1964, sheds light on his personal history as a young man encountering Zen thought, and the illustrations, by Zenchu Sato, reveal Sato’s experiences in a Zendo. Suzuki also includes stories from ancient Zen masters to show how others have trained in this tradition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2013
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If you ever wanted to know what it's like to be selected to attend a Zen Buddhist monastery, this is probably the first, and perhaps only, book you'll want to read. It basically follows the process.

I wanted to know what's involved in living this lifestyle. After reading the book, I'm not so sure I would be cut out for it.

It's a tough, isolated, and demanding life suited for for one out of a million who are truly interested in the path to enlightenment as a monk. Very well written and thorough account of the selection and training of a Zen monk.
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