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No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen Paperback – June 8, 2010
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“Following in the profound lineage of Suzuki-roshi, Jakusho Kwong offers an open-hearted Zen with an immediacy that is both illuminating and simple. These teachings give us confidence to return to our original mind.”—Jack Kornfield
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So many spiritual books based on their author's talks fall short of allowing the reader to feel included. They make you feel that you wish you had been at the actual event. This book is the opposite. Each chapter made me feel I was actually sitting with a true Zen master who was helping me to understand my life and parts of myself in ways I never had. It was like having a private interview with someone who really saw me for who I was and wanted to help me to become whole.
One last thing. I have read gazillions of Zen books. I look to them as a kind of spiritual companion or friend. Often the relationship is pretty good, but not quite the perfect fit. This book, however, like Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, is that friend. We go places together. I take it with me when I want to be with someone who understands me, and I find that it helps me to understand myself in new ways each time. Books that are called "classics" are books that "last a lifetime." For me, No Beginning, No End is one of these
Roshi is one of the early American pioneers instrumental in introducing Zen to America. Roshi communicates Zen to Americans in a manner that relates to their cultural context and milieux. Roshi's book and teachings are rare examples from a teacher who has bridged two cultural traditions. There are not many,if any,other American Zen Masters of Asian heritage who have transplanted the Zen that is practiced in Japan onto native American soil and has produced a new American home grown variety.
I highly recommend this classic not just for oneself, but as gifts for friends you feel can appreciate its uniqueness. I would have bought NO BEGINNING NO END just for its artful, powerful book jacket.
The style is simplistic and exhaustive thoroughout, I rank Jakusho Kwong-roshi among the very best of contemporary Zen masters. His style is certainly reminiscent of his former teacher Suzuki, while we also see glimpses of similarity with Zen master Seung Sahn and Taizan Maezumi-roshi. No Beginning, No End is a very important contribution to modern Zen literature, in striking contrast to some of the hot air you often find on the bookshelves. The work comes from a person truly knowledgable of the Dharma, filled with both humor and monstrous wisdom.
So out of all the Zen literatures out there to date, this book has become one of a select few I hold dear. I am grateful to have found this rare Dharma treasure, which rekindled my belief that I would again find a true teacher among us teaching and writing. I am halfway tempted to leave my current lineage and take off towards the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in Santa Rosa, California where he currently teaches. Enjoy this book, it's really extraordinary.
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Terrific book in an oddly simple and gentle fashion. His writing is unassuming, humble and light in touch as he covers many aspects of the practical application of Zen in real... Read morePublished 19 months ago by M
Received this before it's scheduled delivery. Was given "The Eye Never Sleeps" and found it lifechanging. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Trust the Mud, inc.
Excellent book. The author writes eloquently with simple, easy to understand and meaningful words that helps the reader to understand how Zen can be deeply integrated and lived in... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Maliv
This is a wonderful collection of Dharma talks by the teacher at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in California. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Pryor123
I've read lots of these books and I felt this was a hard read. There are many books on Zen that read easier.Published on December 11, 2013 by JUST ME
Not since Suuiki Roshi's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" have I found a book which presents the essence of Zen practice in the west so clearly presented.Published on October 22, 2013 by Japanese Float
I first learned about Jakusho Kwong Roshi from an audiobook that I purchased from Audible called "Breathe Sweeps Mind". Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Donald