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What Is Zen?

Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

SKU# 9781611802436




Shambhala Publications | 02/09/2016
Pages: 208 | Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9781611802436

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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?

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"'What is Zen?' is a perplexing question, one I'm frequently asked, and one I ask myself, again and again. Norman Fischer and Sue Moon's conversation is a wonderful, profound, affectionate, and immensely readable answer to this perplexing and ultimately unanswerable question. What Is Zen? is a book I know I'll return to again and again, whenever the question arises." —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

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