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Everything Is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen Paperback – June 12, 2012
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“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
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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.
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Wow, this book is blowing my mind -- quite literally. I'm not even a third of the way into it... In response to those reviewers who thought this book was redundant, well, it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Connie Rose
This book is very interesting at the start. Then it becomes unfocused and doesn't live up to its promise.Published 14 months ago by Kathy Nather Thomas
just another rehash of everything that has been said before in a style that is highly conducive to an acute case of narcolepsy. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by bookbug
This book makes it central and very important point in the first 10 pages. The rest is, essentially filler. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Eric Gross