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 - Laura Lynch - Goodreads
This book gave me a broad overview of Zen Buddhism. It discussed the practice of meditation and later joining a group where there are certain protocols. The book also touched on the basic history ... Read full review
Review: The Beginner's Guide to Zen BuddhismUser Review - Joy - Goodreads
I learned more about Zen Buddhism and Buddhist customs. It sounds complicated, though. Read full review
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