The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Beginner's Guide to Zen BuddhismUser 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 BuddhismUser 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
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