The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Religion - 208 pages
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Here is a comprehensive introduction to Zen Buddhism for those who don't know how or where to begin, nor what to expect once they have started practicing. It includes the fundamentals of meditation practice (posture, technique, clothing), descriptions of the basic teachings and major texts, the teacher-student relationship, and what you will find when you visit a zendo, plus a history of Zen from the founding of Buddhism to its major schools in the West. In addition to answering the most frequently asked questions, it offers a listing of American Zen centers and resources, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary.

Jean Smith's enormously practical approach ensures that The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism will become the book teachers and students alike will recommend.


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Review: The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism

User Review  - Jordan Palmer - Goodreads

This is, as it is titled, a very simple introduction to Zen Buddhism. I cannot tell if I enjoyed it a little more or a little less than a person reading it with no background whatsoever in Zen. In ... Read full review

Review: The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism

User Review  - Leah Cass - Goodreads

A broad overview that basically tells you what to expect to learn if you employ a teacher for zen buddhism. More of an informational guide than a how to. Read full review

Contents

Mirrors of Practice
63
Roots That Support and Nourish
75
Stepping into Ourselves
101
SELECTED TEXTS
131
Dispelling Delusions
143
Epilogue
151
ZEN CENTERS
161
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About the author (2007)

Jean Smith is the editor of four well-established and much-admired collections of Buddhist teachings -- Breath Sweeps Mind, Everyday Mind, Radiant Mind, and 365 Zen. She divides her time between New York City and the Adirondack Mountains.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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