- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590309723
- ISBN-13: 978-1590309728
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“As I read Genmyo Elihu Smith’s book, I heard in his voice echoes of the voices of his teachers, Soen Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Joko Beck. And yet, Genmyo’s voice is his own, a voice imbued with confidence about the unique benefits of practice and its relevance to the difficulties of ordinary life. Reading this book is like having a Zen teacher appear in your living room, warm, wise and intimate.”—Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating and How to Train a Wild Elephant
“This is a text to digest and inhale, as you would the presence of someone facing you. Inspired by his long and intimate study with some of the greatest Zen teachers of our time, Genmyo comments skillfully on a range of Zen koans and teachings, bringing each, always, to his one insistent point: Zen practice is not at all difficult. It is allowing the awareness that we truly are.”—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation, author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
“This astonishing collection of essays succeeds in its mission to show us how everything is the Way. Here you will find cogent insights into practice, impermanence, non-self, being transparency, and receiving the precepts.”—SpiritualityandPractice.com
“Revelatory for the Buddhist practitioner; fluent and fascinating for the general reader. Smith has written a fine and well-controlled book on his own experience and the fundamental truths of the Zen approach to Buddhist understanding and life.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Elihu Genmyo Smith is the resident teacher of the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, Illinois, and one of the co-founders, with Charlotte Joko Beck, of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose teachers include such well-known Zen authors as Diane Rizzetto, Ezra Bayda, and Elizabeth Hamilton, as well as Barry Magid. Genmyo has practiced Zen for around thirty-five years, beginning as a student of Soen Nakagawa and Eido Tai Shimano, then he trained with Maezumi Roshi, who ordained him, and then with Charlotte Joko Beck. He was her first dharma heir, and remains close to her. He teaches extensively around the Midwest/Chicago area, though he ventures beyond that as well. He's also associated with Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers. He blogs on "current events, books, and random themes" on his blog Clouds (clouds-genmyo.blogspot.com).
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The book includes material adapted from dharma talks as well as other essays amd is divided into 5 parts: Practice, Impermanence, Nonself, On Being Transparency, and Jukai, 3 Treasures and 3 Precepts. Throughout the book, Genmyo draws on experiences with his own teachers: Soen Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Joko Beck. Included in the first three sections of the book are some discussions of various Zen koans, including the author's description of his personal experiences of working with Mu.
Genmyo's consistent instruction to the reader to not take his words as something to understand or hold onto is genuine. When reading this book, I found that his words did not set up some new ideal for me to achieve but continually pointed me back to my own experience and life. I read the piece titled "One Bright Pearl" at a time when my mind was spinning with plans and plots of how things "needed" to go that day. As I read, I noticed a sense of relaxation and ease replace the bodily tension I had been feeling.
I appreciated Genmyo's decision to share some of his own personal experiences, making it clear to the reader that his encouragement is solidly grounded in his own experience and life practice.
I found this book to be a wonderfully encouraging support.