What Is Zen?

Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

By Norman Fischer
By Susan Moon

- Paperback
Shambhala Publications
Pages: 208
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9781611802436

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?