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The Way of True Zen Paperback – June 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: American Zen Association; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972804943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972804943
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Max Hurst on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is without question one of the two or three best books I have ever read on Zen Buddhism. It is at once direct in the way of showing clearly and precisely how to put into practice those methods which will produce clear results on this path but that is ever mindful of the goal-less wisdom inherent in that path. And really for me anyway that has always been the stumbling block as I have practiced these many years: how in the world do I know what I am looking for on path so clealy intent on pulling that path from under me. For me this book and this teacher clearly and without a great deal of seeming trouble answers those questions.
And as always it comes back to Dogen. Deshimaru precisely puts forth the principles of Dogen to show us exactly the path or whatever it is that allows us to awaken. I felt myself awaken as I read the words exactly as Dogen describes how we awaken in every moment we are in touch with the true dharma . There is a section where Deshimaru desribes the "Eight Ways To Wake Up a Great Person" and you might just as I did after reading it once or twice realize that the "Great Person" he is referring to in these lines just might possibly be you .
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After reading this book i felt the power of Zen. As a regular practitioner of Zazen i recognized a lot of tings that are described in this short but powerful book by Taisen Deshimaru Rooshi. Also interesting is the explanation of the calligraphy inside & some typical Zen expressions with deep meaning. The book may look small and short but the words carry much depth. It's worthwhile to buy & read it. I recommend it to everybody who is practising Zen.
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First off, Amazon asked me if this book met my expectations. A hard question to answer, if you start to understand the teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru, which (in my opinion) clearly state we should not have Expectations. Things simply are as they are. Mushotoku.
I was originally given a copy of this book 4 years ago at an orientation at the New Orleans Zen Temple, it was standard issue back then. The teacher Robert Livingston told us to read it, but more importantly to practice Zazen. Also to pick the book up every now and then, and maybe the concepts would mean more after some time of practice. He was right.
This is not a feel good Zen book, or necessarily easy to understand. However I would say, that to anyone who is serious about the practice of Zazen, it is an invaluable reference guide to the practice.
One of my favorite Deshimaru quotes, "What matters is practicing zazen, not thinking about zazen. If you make the gestures and assume the expressions of an angry man you will become angry. If you assume the posture of wisdom you will become wise. If you make the gestures of reverence, the heart follows."
All of this is, of course, just my opinion, Man.
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Here is the distillation of a remarkable person's life. It is all here. To be brief, but succinct. To live fully without redundant exposition. To stand fiercely for what is timeless.
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I look at meditation as being similar to fitness.

In the fitness industry you have a wide spectrum - on one end you have Richard Simmons, gimmicky late night ads promising 6 pack abs in 2 minutes with no work, and on the other end you have highly functional training used by Olympic athletes, sports professionals and the rest.
With meditation you have hokey techniques that have you doing ridiculous things with candles, incense and flowers, and then you have the core practices that are simple and beneficial to performance, mood, and other practical applications.

Zazen and Taisen Deshimaru is definitely the latter. Keep in mind this book is not meditation instruction. It is more a discourse and lecture on zazen. I identify very much with his style of speaking and writing - he is clear, simple and direct in his speech. He cuts to the core of things. I find some other zen writers overly complicated, almost like they're trying to impress with their intellect, in comparison.
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