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Zen: Simply Sitting: A Zen Monk's Commentary on the Fukanzazengi Universal Guide on the Correct Practice of Zazen Paperback – November 22, 2006
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Dogen's basic guide to zazen practice, his Fukanzazengi, was one of the first of his writings, produced soon after his arrival back in Japan from China in the 13th century with the essence of Soto Zen practice, and the work was aimed at promoting zazen widely across society, and not limited solely to some monastic minority. In this book, which is richly supplemented with a useful glossary of terms, Coupey takes Dogen's text virtually sentence by sentence and then provides very apropos and memorable commentaries and background that not only vivify and enrich the points of the original text, but also properly orient us Western newcomers to zazen and nourish us helpfully in its practice. The reader--and more relevantly, the earnest practitioner following the guidance communicated in this potent guidebook--will taste the deep and unmistakable flavor of the genuine Zen practice promoted some eight centuries ago by Dogen Zenji in Japan, and more recently and so dynamically by Master Taisen Deshimaru in the latter decades of the 20th century in Western Europe, who left there a rich and expansive legacy of Soto Zen practice and dedicated elder practitioners, of whom Coupey is certainly among the primary ones. This contemporary teacher is uniquely able to bridge the language barriers and bring Master Deshimaru's rich teaching and wisdom readily to an English-speaking readership, thus furthering Dogen Zenji's original intent to promote zazen practice universally among laypersons and monastics alike.