- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887178406
- ISBN-13: 978-1887178402
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Unfortunately, I came away from the book feeling like it had overlooked its focus at times. Many of the most cogent points were hidden among side-tracks, personal anecdotes, and bewildering kōans. And while I hope to be able to thoroughly understand each of the kōans he referred to, often they were counter productive.
Chalk it up to a lack of Prajñā or Jñāna, but I felt I missed out on a fair amount of the Upāya.
Roshi Aitken just happened to be in the bookstore in Albuquerque when I went in. He was signing copies of this book and I bought one then and one later.
I've read several of Roshi's books, but this one impressed me the most. Maybe it's more about imperfection than perfection, and the title may scare people who think there is no way they will ever be perfect at anything.
This isn't what the book is about. It's about sincerity, integrity, effort, and a loving nature. Everybody should read this book, but for Zen students, it's a must!
I just bought the Kindle version of The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective. I will review it after I read it a time or two.
WHY DOES AN EBOOK COST $19???? Amazon states this price is set by the publisher. Greed-head slime bags! $6-7, sure, I can see that. Maybe. Because Aitken has passed on, who gets the royalties?
$19 for bits? Zero cost to manufacture & ship? OUTRAGEOUS!