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Book Title: Essential Zen|
The size of the: 29.35 MB
Date of issue: November 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780062510464
The author of the book: Kazuaki Tanahashi
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:I liked this book quite a bit. It is a collection of quotes and other words about Zen, called Koans, from ancient times to now.
The preface says Zen is not really about reading about Zen, and Zen is outside of words, but you have to start somewhere, and people have been writing about it for ever, so here you go.
It ranges from interesting to mind bending to near incomprehensible.
“If you are afraid of being grabbed by God, don’t look at a wall.
Definitely don’t sit still.”
I was intrigued by a piece that talked about life giving us cues.
So when anger or confusion arises, it is a like when a bell rang in high school and you got up and went to the next class. I don't think I can explain it precisely, but I see it as the anger is a cue to back off, the confusion is a cue to take some breathes and get some clarity, etc..
This book was a perfect match for my interest in the topic. I have even started to practice some of what I am reading, so it starts to become very personal.. For example, this book helped me be more accepting of my relationships. When I have rough spots, I can see my disappointment and hurt is tied to my opinions and ideas. When I disengage from my expectations and my gripes, I can see if this is a real problem, and I can be honest about what is really the issue. Then, like a fear you attack, or a memory you confront, it is disarmed. I like not having a blood pressure spike when a name gets mentioned.
"An ancient master said, “When you boil rice, know that the water is your own life.”"
Read information about the authorKazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, has had solo exhibitions of his calligraphic paintings internationally. He has taught East Asian calligraphy at eight international conferences of calligraphy and lettering arts. Also a peace and environmental worker for decades, he is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
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