Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
HarperCollins, May 27, 2003 - Religion - 176 pages
Practising the true spirit of Zen.
Not Always So is based on Shunryu Suzuki's lectures and is framed in his own inimitable, allusive, paradoxical style, rich with unexpected and off–centre insights. Suzuki knew he was dying at the time of the lectures, which gives his thoughts an urgency and focus even sharper than in the earlier book.
In Not Always So Suzuki once again voices Zen in everyday language with the vigour, sensitivity, and buoyancy of a true friend. Here is support and nourishment. Here is a mother and father lending a hand, but letting you find your own way. Here is guidance which empowers your freedom (or way–seeking mind), rather than pinning you down to directions and techniques. Here is teaching which encourages you to touch and know your true heart and to express yourself fully, teaching which is not teaching from outside, but a voice arising in your own being.
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Review: Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of ZenUser Review - Tim Weakley - Goodreads
While there isn't an overall flow to this collection of letters it comes together anyway. The editor did a brilliant job in cleaning Suzuki Roshi's prose. A short read in terms of the number of pages, but if you take your time with it there is a lot of reward to it. Read full review
Review: Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of ZenUser Review - Patti K - Goodreads
This 2002 Buddhist book is inspiring. I found it amazingly helpful in its suggestions and ideas. I have read Buddhist work for some time but this is one of my very favorites. Read full review