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Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice Paperback – December 1, 1994
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Simply put, this book will live up to your expectations if you read it through and through. Too often we place a book down during a "slow part", never reading it's entirety. The most important facet of reading into Zen for me these days is approaching the texts with a "I don't know it all" mindset. A challenge, to say the least. After practicing and reading with teacher after teacher, group after group, sometimes you get the feeling you know something "special" about the Dharma. When we get this attitude, no book, no zazen, and no teacher can penetrate our ego. It is only when we become babies again that we can allow the light of truth to come back in. Get Thich's book, it's truly wonderful!
"Zen Keys" is one of his earlier books and, unlike many others, is not a meditation text. "Zen Keys" is a serious introduction to the history and practice of Zen from the Buddha to the present. And Zen is practice. Unlike Western religions, Zen does not rely on dogma. Zen and Buddhism are methods of enlightenment, coming to know the real world. We have learned to "see" they world through reason and emotions. Reason and emotions are not bad; they are insufficient to come to know the world. "Reality, he writes, "is only reality when it is not grasped conceptually." (112)
Zen is the practice through which we come to know the world. Using some of Thich Nhat Hanh's books and other works, I have tried meditation. No, I have not attained enlightenment, but I have discovered all too many ways in which I have failed to see reality. Have I come to be a better human being because of "practice"? You'll have to ask someone else. And, yes, it is disconcerting - but so freeing - to realize that my idea of myself is a construct I've assembled over time and not who I am.
As Thich Nhat Hanh points out, Zen and Buddhism do not lead to "navel-gazing".Read more ›
I feel the book "Meet the Real Dragon" by Gudo Wafu Nishijima goes deeper into the essence of Zen practice, and therefore into the essence of life itself.
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We are huge fans of Thich Nhat Hanh, but of all the books we've tried, this one isn't that great.Published 6 months ago by D
Thich Nhat Hanh is a great teacher. This is a well written book with a good message. I have read it and recommend it to my students.Published 14 months ago by Kozen
For the novice Buddhist, this is a clear, concise, and very interesting book on the principles. I buy this for interested friendsPublished 21 months ago by Sharon C. Wahl
The book was received in excellent condition, and of course, as all his writings, Thich Nhat Hanh delivers a very helpful book.Published on May 14, 2014 by Max Andres Contag
I'm never disappointed by Han's work and was more pleasantly surprised with this book since it gives more info about buddhism.Published on May 10, 2014 by Alexander Perales