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Taking the Path of Zen Paperback – January 1, 1982
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A good introductory text by one of the founding fathers of American Zen, this covers the basic teaching of Zen, including an emphasis on proper meditation practice.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“I welcome with great pleasure Robert Aitken Roshi's introduction to Zen practice, Taking the Path of Zen. I feel this will be a valuable source of information and inspiration both for those who have a passing interest in the subject and those who have determined to set out on the path of Zen themselves.
As an American who has trained in Zen practice for many years Aitken Roshi has a special understanding of the problems and questions which plague Western students of Zen. His book will thus be a godsend for people who have sought an introduction to Zen in their own language, free of the foreignisms that cultural differences can produce.
It is my sincere wish that this work will gain the wide readership it so deserves.” ―Yamada Koun Roshi
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This book is organized into nine chapters. There is also a foreword written by Gary Snyder. Chapter one covers the fundamentals in the practice of Zen. Chapter two explains the method of Zen. Chapter three deals with appropriate means and covers more breathe counting information, the Zen center organization, ritual and other subjects. Chapter four goes into the delusions and pitfalls of Zen practice. Attitudes in religious practice are the focus in chapter five. The three Zen treasures are covered in chapter six. Chapter seven is essential reading because it deals with the ten grave precepts of Zen. Chapter eight gives tips on establishing the practice of Zen. The final chapter covers the koan Mu.
There a several different approaches to the study of Zen and this book provides one of the ways a person who is interested in this philosophy can begin their practice. I do not agree with everything in this book; however, for those who desire to learn some basic information on Zen, this book is a good read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
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