No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

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Harmony Books, 2003 - Religion - 255 pages
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In No Beginning, No End, Zen master Jakusho Kwong-roshi shows us how to treasure the ordinary activities of our daily lives through an understanding of simple Buddhist practices and ideas. The author’s spontaneous, poetic, and pragmatic teachings—so reminiscent of his spiritual predecessor Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)—transport us on an exciting journey into the very heart of Zen and its meaningful traditions. Because Kwong-roshi can transmit the most intimate thing in the most accessible way, we learn how to ignite our own vitality, wisdom, and compassion and awaken a feeling of intimacy with the world. It is like having a conversation with our deepest and wisest self.

Jakusho Kwong-roshi was originally inspired to study Zen because of zenga, the ancient art of Zen calligraphy. Throughout this book he combines examples of his unique style with less well-known stories from the Zen tradition, personal anecdotes—including moving and humorous stories of his training with Suzuki-roshi—and his own lucid and inspiring teachings to draw all readers into this intimate expression of the enlightening world of Zen: the world of who we are.

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Review: No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

User Review  - BlueGiant - Goodreads

It is challenging to find balance and inner peace in our hurried world. The author Jakusho Kwong has created a practical road map to help readers achieve equilibrium. The stories within these pages ... Read full review

Review: No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

User Review  - Ariel - Goodreads

this was a GREAT book. for anyone interested in learning more about zen buddhism, this book is poetic, clear, and very easy to read. it reads more like a personal spiritual experience than an academic ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
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Introduction by Peter Levitt
15
Onetnch Sitting One Inch Buddha
25
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

JAKUSHO KWONG is a successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. He has been teaching Zen in the United States and Europe for more than thirty years. He is the founder and abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center outside of Santa Rosa, California. In 1995 he was given the title of Dendo Kyoshi, Zen teacher, by the Soto School in Japan. He is one of nine Western Zen teachers to receive this acknowledgment. “Zen,” he says, “is the aliveness we bring to each moment.”

PETER LEVITT is the author ofFingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom(forthcoming from Harmony Books). His eight books of poetry includeOne Hundred ButterfliesandBright Root, Dark Root. He is also the editor ofThe Heart of Understandingby Thich Nhat Hanh. Peter has been practicing Zen for many years and has been a student of Jakusho Kwong’s since 1983.

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