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No-Nonsense Zen for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Zen Teachings Paperback – August 31, 2021
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Live mindfully through Zen Buddhism
What is Zen? Are there different types? How can you make it part of everyday life? No-Nonsense Zen for Beginners offers an easy starting point to living more intentionally through Zen. Starting with the basics―like what Zen is and how it spread across the globe―experienced Zen instructor Jason Quinn teaches and explores how anyone can use it to live a life filled with more clarity, love, and compassion.
Go beyond other meditation books with:
- A four-part approach―Take things one step at a time as you learn about the history of Zen, important concepts, core teachings, and essential practices.
- Straightforward Q&A―Understand the basics of Zen with a simple format that breaks information down into easy, digestible questions and answers.
- Everyday Zen―Find stories and guidance that show how the principles of Zen can help bring peace in day-to-day life.
Learn to live more intentionally through Zen thanks to this no-nonsense guide.
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Explore the history of Zen, as well as its important concepts, core teachings, and essential practices.
A simple approach
Each section is broken out into a simple Q&A that addresses the biggest and most common questions about Zen.
Discover a variety of stories that demonstrate how the principles of Zen can be used in your day-to-day life.
“No-Nonsense Zen for Beginners is useful for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Jason Quinn breathes new life into ancient Buddhist teachings with relatable stories of how this timeless wisdom may apply to our everyday lives. Refreshing and down-to-earth, this book is the perfect place to start for anyone interested in an overview of practicing Zen.” —Jane Dobisz, author of One Hundred Days of Solitude
“Definitely the most accessible primer on the practicalities and basics of Zen I've ever read. Great for a beginner sticking their toe in; just as great for the seasoned practitioner who wants a wonderful review.” —Colin Beavan, senior dharma teacher and author of How To Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World
“Every generation needs a few good basic introductions to the Zen way. No-Nonsense Zen for Beginners is a clear, inviting, introduction to Zen perfect for this moment. It really is no-nonsense. It hits the basics in a very straightforward and clear way. At the same time, it invites us into the mysterious and wonderful. Jason Quinn is a perfect person to write this book—a Zen teacher standing in Zen’s ancient lineages, he has deep experience both as a monastic and a householder practitioner. I recommend this book.” —James Ishmael Ford, author of Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons
About the Author
Jason Quinn, JDPSN, lived at the Providence Zen Center for 10 years, where he held various staff positions, including abbot. He is now a teacher and vice abbot at the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, California, and leads a sitting group in Santa Clara. Learn more at JasonQuinnZen.com.
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (August 31, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 150 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1648765424
- ISBN-13 : 978-1648765421
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.55 x 8.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #797,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2021
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But I am happy to report that Jason Quinn has written a fantastic introductory text! He gets straight to the point and this directness is what makes the book a gem. There is no cutting around enlightenment or telling mystifying stories about it, Jason just comes out with words pointing straight to it! The book also discusses the results of Zen practice including a natural compassion and clarity well.
I have a few problems with the book, but they're minor ones. Two concepts, emptiness and nonduality, could have been fleshed out just a little more. And there is also a quote wrongly attributed to Lao Tzu on page 55. None of this is too much of a problem, though, since this is just an introduction to Zen and I would still absolutely recommend it!
Paradoxically pointing to the experience beyond written words through written words, Mr. Quinn has illuminated the how and the why of the Path that is so very much needed today in this world, especially in this country in 2021. I hope as I’ve done, people may read this book and at least contemplate or take the first step towards discovering ever-revealing meaning in one’s short life.