Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

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User reviews LibraryThing member Arctic-Stranger. Suzuki is the patron "saint" of American Buddhism, and rightly so. This is a collection of his talks at various retreats and sesshins. There is nothing new here, but you get to hear it in different forms. This is not as polished a book as [Zen Mind Beginner's Mind], and I found some parts were not as well thought out as others, as if he were speaking off the cuff and it accidently got recorded.

Perhaps it could have used better editing. LibraryThing member AzureMountain.

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This collection of dharma talks was deep and interesting reading. Search within store. Military Books. War Simulation Board Games. Baseball Cards. ISBN: This first paperback edition is in very good condition. Light wear to the covers, spine and edges.

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Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Minimum monthly payments are required. Subject to credit approval. This is extraordinary Zen reading, that is incredibly hel This book is a series of chapters that are edited Dharma talks of Suzuki Roshi.

This is extraordinary Zen reading, that is incredibly helpful to remember on your path as a Zen Buddhist. I do recommend reading "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind" first. Feb 18, Serdar rated it really liked it. If you liked that one, you'll like this one. As with many talks of this kind, they take on far more perspective and significance when you come to them as a Zen student rather than as just a casual reader.

But recommended all the same. Nov 16, Iris rated it liked it Shelves: white-flag. Jun 05, Jaylin rated it liked it. I had to read this book with a very open mind in order to grasp just some of the information. It's more symbolic in so many ways and extremely repetitive but I did gain some knowledge from reading it. Sep 24, Mike Mann rated it it was amazing Shelves: dharma , physical.

The last two collections of dharma talks have a coherency and beauty that is difficult to describe. Suzuki Roshi's words often demand meditation on their multi-layered meanings, but on landing, they cut through ignorance and open space that lets in much light. Sep 16, B. Humorous and challenging. Zen to me is incredibly frustrating, yet rewarding at the same time. Zen Buddhism is itself a koan or a great riddle that does not need an answer. The process and practice is so much more important than any goal. Jul 13, Steven Deobald rated it it was amazing. Adorable and often confusing lectures by Suzuki.

A worthwhile read whether you meditate or not. Good introductory read to Zen for those already familiar with Buddhism. Shunryu Suzuki is one of the better explicators of Zen. May 19, Zach rated it it was amazing. I've read this book twice now and plan on reading it more.

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This is without a doubt the best Suzuki book. This book has so much space around it. Dec 31, Naomi Ayala rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality-zen.


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This is an awesome collection of Shunryu Suzuki talks, filled with so many quotable nuggets of wisdom about practice and transcending duality. Jan 10, Keizen Li Qian rated it it was amazing. My go-to bedtime reading. Nov 29, John Stepper rated it it was amazing. Though this is a set of transcribed and edited lectures, I could easily imagine being in the room with Shunryu Suzuki.

Reading this inspired me to redouble my commitment to meditation. Dec 10, Beth rated it it was amazing. One of the shortest, yet most valuable books I have ever read. Very deep in wisdom, which had me in a tail spin and asking for guidance from my spiritual teacher Guru to understand the meaning and how to apply it to my life. A great follow up to "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind. I had to put it down several times for a week or two because it was simply blowing my mind.

I needed to absorb what was being said and ask questions, of not only my Guru, but myself.

Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

It reminds me of Ephesians Chapter 4 in the Bible about one mind, body and spirit and the renewing of your mind. The theme of the book "Not Always so" is discussed on page and , that our way is not always so, to live each moment becoming one with everything, hence one mind, body and spirit. Incredible book!!! Jan 10, Anima rated it it was amazing Shelves: top. The book touches breathing techniques helpful for reaching the calmness of mind, explains the importance of experiencing moments of atemporal living which requires total detachment from any sort of expectations and thoughts about fame or profit, and gives us insights about real freedom, clarity of mind, and personal improvement.

Yet we attach to the descriptions and think they are reality. That is a mistake because what is described is not the actual reality, and when you think it is reality, your own idea is involved. That is an idea of self. When we say good or bad, the scale is yourself. That scale is not always the same. Each person has a scale that is different. That selfish part should be empty. How we empty that part is to practice zen and become more accustomed to accepting things as it is without any idea of big or small, good or bad.

When you see a part of it, you may think this rock should be moved one way, and that rock should be moved another way, and then it will be a complete garden.