- Publisher: Bantam Books (March 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553230603
- ISBN-13: 978-0553230604
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shelf wear. Crease, tiny tear to cover. Tanning to pages. Pages are clean and binding is tight.
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I treasure my old worn, yellowed copy. Despite the limitations of language and style, the truth of Zen shines through and can still inform new readers.
P.S. You can buy used copies in various places, including 21northmain.com.
The author had extensive training in a formal Zen environment as an early student of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi but later chose to go off on her own rather than to assume some set role within that community.
Much of what she says about Zen practice would apply to any spiritual, in my own case that of Aikido. I reread this book every few years and always come away with a new perspective. The author stated that she wrote the book as a way to repay her teacher for all he had given her and I think it has done so.
I don't have time this morning to create a full review, but maybe someday when I do I'll come back here and fill this out more as to be more helpful. In the meantime, don't hesitate to purchase this beautiful book! it is filled with clear dharma instruction and anecdote. Marion's the real deal, and has perfectly absorbed the lessons of Zen as given by one of my favorite teachers, Shunryu Suzuki.
(my partner LOVED this book. She decided last month that she wanted to learn more about dharma and raided my library. She devoured first; "The Compass of Zen" by Seung Sahn- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!, then "The 3 Pillars of Zen" by Philip Kapleau, then "Being Dharma" by Ajahn Chah and immediately began a daily sitting practice. This was the book she enjoyed the most.)