[Epub] ↠ What Is Zen? Author Norman Fischer – Liversite.co.uk

What Is Zen? An Accessible And Enjoyable Introduction To Zen Buddhist Practice In A Reader Friendly Question And Answer Format By Two Highly Regarded Teacher Writers.The Question And Answer Format Makes This Introduction To Zen Especially Easy To Understand And Also To Use As A Reference, As You Can Easily Look Up Just The Question You Had In Mind The Esteemed Zen Teacher Norman Fischer And His Old Friend And Teaching Colleague Susan Moon Both Of Them In The Lineage Of Shunryu Suzuki, Author Of Zen Mind, Beginner S Mind Give This Collaborative Effort A Playful Tone Susan Asks A Question On Our Behalf, Norman Answers It, And Then Sue Challenges Him By The Time You Get Through Their Conversations, You Ll Have A Good Basic Education In Zen Not Only The History, Theory, And Practice But Also The Contemporary Issues, Such As Gender Inequality, Sexual Ethics, And The Tension Between Asian Traditions And The Modern American Reality.


10 thoughts on “What Is Zen?

  1. says:

    This slim volume was a really great tool in getting my footing in the Zen tradition, its history, and its doctrines Before diving into the book, I felt iffy about the FAQ setup of the text, but I soon found this back and forth between Moon and Fischer to be endearing, and to make the concepts of Zen quite relatable and friendly to the reader I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone who wants specifics on meditation, it s gearedtowards those who want a survey of Zen and all it encompasses This slim volume was a really great tool in getting my footing in the Zen tradition, its history, and its doctrines Before diving into the book, I felt iffy about the FAQ setup of the text, but I soon found this back and forth between Moon and Fischer to be endearing, and to make the concepts of Zen q...


  2. says:

    I discovered What Is Zen Plain Talk for a Beginner s Mind upon reading Leo Babauta s suggestion in Timothy Ferriss s Tribe of Mentors Short Life Advice from the Best in the World After having my eyes opened to Taoism in 2017 also thanks to Tim Ferriss guest suggestion of Tao Te Ching and rereading my beloved Zen Speaks Shouts of Nothingness, I decided to delve further into Zen This book felt less intimidating than the other widely suggested title, Shunryu Suzuki s Zen Mind, Beginner s M I discovered What Is Zen Plain Talk for a Beginner s ...


  3. says:

    I purchased this book for a very modest price in a store I visited primarily to buy incense It was a sympathy buy but I should have known better, for this store was also the type to peddle in healing crystals, astrological calendars, and other such bullshit.I have twice attempted to wrap my mind around Zen, the first from D.T Suzuki, the second time from Alan Watts Both times I felt the subject to be lacking in substance, but also felt a richness lay beyond the horizon which could be I purchased this bo...


  4. says:

    This is a good, basic introduction to Zen Buddhism, which focuses primarily on the American practice and its Japanese origins via China and India I loved how the book was set up as questions and answers, which was similar to the Jewish way of exploring faith One of the authors was raised Jewish and since I m a Jew too, this resonated with me The book describes Zen is a religion without a deity, which makes it compatible with other religions such as Judaism, Christianity and national religio This is a good, basic introduction to Zen Buddhism, which focuses primarily on the American practice and its Japanese origins via China and India I loved how the book was set up as questions and answers, which was similar to the Jewish way of exploring faith One of the authors was raised Jewish and since I m a Jew too, this resonated with me The book describes Zen is a religion without a deity, which makes it compatible with other religions such as Judaism, Christianity and national religions Although the authors don t mention Shintoism, I can now understand how Japanese temples combine native spiritual Shintoism with imported Buddhism This explains how B...


  5. says:

    I bought this book from Norman directly, and when I told him that I have a daily Buddhist practice he told me that Plain Talk for a Beginner s Mind did not mean this book was simple And indeed it is not, though it is easy to read In the form of questions and answers, it combines Fischer s extensive knowledge with his ability to teach simply In the end, though, it rather discouraged me in an odd fashion Fischer admits in these pages that intensive Zen practice will not necessarily transform I bought this book from Norman directly, and when I told him that I have a daily Buddhist practice he told me that Plain Talk for a Beginner s Mind did not mean this book was simple And indeed it is not, though it is easy to read In the form of questions and an...


  6. says:

    This book was a great introduction to the world of Zen The topics covered just skim the surface and leave room to dive intodepth The questions answered in this book were mostly ones beginners might have when wanting to emerge themselves into Zen Though Zen is a religion by this books standards it can also be looked at asof a way of life For me this book gave me the perspective that I personally have to interpret Zen the way I want to see it and not through the eyes of someone el This book was a great introduction to the world of Zen The topics covered just skim the surface and leave room to dive intodepth The questions answered in this book were mostly ones beginners might have when wanting to emerge themselves into Zen Though Zen is a religion by this books standards it can also be looked at asof a way of life For me this book gave me the perspective that I personally have to interpret Zen the way I want to see it and not through the eyes ...


  7. says:

    Caring for a practice throwing your hat over the fence.


  8. says:

    3.5 stars This is a simple question and answer book Some of the questions seemed irrelevant to me but quite a few were questions I had often wondered and asked my Buddhist friends Unfortunately with many Zen practitioners you could get 100 different answers from 100 different people The questions and answers in the book were able to give me a littleinsight to some of the nagging questions that I found frustrating to get legitimate answers to Some questions in the book In maintaining a 3.5 stars This is a simple question and answer book Some of the questions seemed irrelevant to me but quite a few were questions I had often ...


  9. says:

    If you are interested in better understanding Zen, especially as a religion, then this is a solid book I was interested in new kernels of wisdom from Norman Fischer for my mindfulness practice, and he does provide a few of those too One bit in particular struck a chord If you insist that time is a limited container that...


  10. says:

    great book to begin learning about zen and Buddhism just finished it so it s too early to say but it may be life changing.


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