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Jundo
09-06-2017, 01:55 AM
Dear All,

I would like to recommend very much a recent book by Soto Zen teachers NORMAN FISCHER and SUSAN MOON, entitled "WHAT IS ZEN?". It is perhaps one of the best books explaining "the basics" for folks new to Zen Practice, but also goes on to offer Fischer Roshi's almost "rabbinical" wisdom on many many topics and questions of interest even to very experienced practitioners. Wonderful for everyone.


http://images.penguinrandomhouse.com/cover/9781611802436

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/249853/what-is-zen-by-norman-fischer-and-susan-moon/9781611802436/

I will also go ahead an announce now that this book will be our next selection for Treeleaf's "BEYOND WORDS & LETTERS" BOOK CLUB once we complete our current readings from Okumura Roshi.

A description:


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.

...

This unique introduction to Zen teaching and practice takes the remarkably accessible form of question-and-answer—making it a most useful reference for looking things up. But whether you're a neophyte or a seasoned practitioner, you'll want to read the whole thing. The questioner (Susan Moon) and the answerer (Norman Fischer) are old friends, each with a unique gift for articulation, and their friendly conversation covers not only the basics but a range of issues unique to Zen in America in the twenty-first century, including:


• What is zazen and how do you do it?

• Where did Zen start and where did it come from?

• Will I have an enlightenment experience?

• What is the law of karma in a nutshell?

• What do Zen Buddhists say about rebirth?

• How do you recognize a good, solid Zen teacher?

[and much more]


Some reviews ...


The best intro to zen thought and practice I've ever read. The back and forth critical dialogue gives you a deeper sense of the questions that everyone who practices zen --whether you're just starting out, or have practiced for many years--is bound to encounter. But it doesn't dictate; the discussion encourages you to explore the issues for yourself. At the same time, this is a book that I can go back to again and again, for instruction, dialogue, and support along the path. I appreciate the heartfelt care and thought that's been put into the book.

...

Although a Zen practitioner for over 50 years, I found this book a mind-opening revelation for pesky questions I've harbored for decades but hadn't the awareness or clarity to articulate, let alone suggest (multi-leveled) answers. Thanks, Sue, for prompting such a bone-honest dialogue, and Norm, for your sublimely contextual and personally compassionate responses.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BMYXTUA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1



I just second all that, and look forward to going through the book with all of you in our "No Words Treeleaf Book Club" soon.

(It is available as an audio book too, but I rather recommend the written version ... as this is the kind of book that needs to be gone through at slower than conversational pace.)

Gassho, Jundo

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Rakurei
09-06-2017, 02:34 AM
There's also a really great audio version - for my fellow Audible users.

-Tyler

SatToday/LAH

Mp
09-06-2017, 04:40 AM
This is great, thank you for this and look forward to diving into it. =)

Gassho
Shingen

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David
09-06-2017, 09:08 AM
There's also a really great audio version - for my fellow Audible users.

-Tyler

SatToday/LAH
It's on iTunes too. It's a superb book.

Gassho
Sat today.

Meitou
09-06-2017, 08:57 PM
I loved this book and re-read it again recently, so glad you liked it Jundo [claps]

Gassho
Frankie

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Geika
09-06-2017, 11:25 PM
I will join in on this one!

Gassho, sat today, lah

Stewart
09-06-2017, 11:31 PM
I look forward to joining in with this.

Stewart, Sattoday.

Doshin
09-07-2017, 12:15 AM
Good question

Ordered book, time to learn the answer. :)

Gassho
St/lah

Michael Joseph
09-07-2017, 01:33 AM
There's also a really great audio version - for my fellow Audible users.

-Tyler

SatToday/LAH

Tyler,

I finished it several weeks ago. I enjoyed hearing Fischer and Moon in their own voices engage in the question and answer format.

Gassho,

Michael

Sattoday
LAH

Jundo
09-07-2017, 02:00 AM
I listened to the audio book too, but found that it is the kind of book where a phrase or comment might need to be read a couple of times, or paused and put down to be with for a moment. However, the voices of the readers are lovely.

I usually like audio books, but personally would recommend paper for a book like this. I needs some chewing and being with, here and there.

Gassho, Jundo

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Rakurei
09-07-2017, 02:50 AM
Tyler,

I finished it several weeks ago. I enjoyed hearing Fischer and Moon in their own voices engage in the question and answer format.

Gassho,

Michael

Sattoday
LAH

Good to see a neighbor here! I'm just next door in Baton Rouge.

And agreed with Jundo, I love a good audio book, but there's something very beneficial in highlighting, underlining and marking pages for reflection. Some books I fall in love with on Audible, but go and buy the physical for that reason. I'll like purchase the physical for the discussion.

-Tyler

ST/LAH

Washin
09-07-2017, 05:02 AM
Thank you, Jundo.
I am now ordering the book and looking forward to join
in the reading.

Gassho
Washin
just sat

Kyonin
09-07-2017, 03:45 PM
Thanks Jundo!

I'll get the ebook soon. One more to the list...

Gassho,

Kyonin
Sat/LAH

Eishuu
09-07-2017, 03:54 PM
Looking forward to this.

Gassho
Lucy
ST/LAH

Onkai
09-08-2017, 01:29 AM
Thank you, Jundo. I just ordered the book and look forward to the discussion.

Gassho,
Onkai
SatToday/LAH

Kotei
09-08-2017, 04:38 AM
The book arrived yesterday, looking forward to reading together.
Gassho,
Kotei sattoday.

Seishin
09-11-2017, 05:37 PM
Acquired and downloaded.

STMIZ

Jundo
05-20-2018, 12:23 PM
Bumping this as our next book selection in the "Now Words" Book Club ...

Gassho, J

STLAH

Rakurei
05-23-2018, 10:57 PM
When will we begin this one? Such a great read, and excited to read it again but with the crew.

ST

Rakurei

Jundo
05-23-2018, 11:08 PM
When will we begin this one? Such a great read, and excited to read it again but with the crew.

ST

Rakurei

Hi Rakurei,

I think we will start in very early July. We will finish Okamura Roshi's book next week, and then spend a few weeks with some Koans from the Book of Equanimity, starting this time with Koan 76 ...

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?9653-Book-of-Equanimity-Introduction&p=75922#post75922

Gassho, Jundo

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Frank Murray
05-24-2018, 12:50 AM
Thanks Jundo,

I have ordered a copy.

Gassho,

Frank


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Shinshi
05-24-2018, 04:02 AM
I am in! Bought and downloaded my copy.

Gassho, Shinshi

SaT-LaH

Doshin
05-24-2018, 04:36 AM
It has been sitting on my night standfor awhile. I am ready! :)

Doshin
St

sjlabat
05-24-2018, 02:26 PM
very good, I'll try to get a copy ordered
sjl

Mitka
05-24-2018, 03:22 PM
I read this several weeks back. A very good introduction to Western Zen and the unique issues involved in practicing in the West. Look forward to going through it with you all.

Gassho,
Matthew
Sat

Jakuden
05-25-2018, 01:32 AM
I read it also, couldnít help myself, lol. Looking forward to the discussion!
Gassho
Jakuden
SatToday/LAH


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Jishin
05-25-2018, 01:43 AM
For those that donít like to read like me there is an audible.com version.

Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_

Mp
05-25-2018, 02:14 AM
For those that donít like to read like me there is an audible.com version.

Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_

That is called talking, not reading. LOL [claps]

Gassho
Shingen

sat/LAH

Washin
05-25-2018, 09:23 AM
The book has been sitting on a shelf for a while now, waiting.
Several times I had a desire to grab it but decided to wait for its opening in the club
instead :)

Gassho
Washin
sat/lah

Getchi
05-25-2018, 02:23 PM
Yup, imin as well.



THankyou

SatToday

LaH.

Geoff.

cosmiceye
05-25-2018, 06:23 PM
The book just arrived yesterday. It will be hard to wait until July to read it though! I look forward to studying it with y'all!

Gassho,
kristin
SatToDay
LAH

Bill Whitman
05-28-2018, 05:53 PM
Christie and I have read What Is Zen, very much liked it, and look forward to journeying through it again with the Book Club members.
Gassho,
Bill

Beldame
06-04-2018, 08:22 PM
Ordered and downloaded...looking forward to reading it with others...

Gassho—
Deborah

SatToday

M.C. Easton
06-15-2018, 06:57 PM
I also just ordered it and am excited to start next month with everyone! Also happy that this gives me time to finish reading LIVING BY VOW--just one more chapter!! [morehappy]

Gassho
Melanie
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