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I’m interested in starting to learn some Zen practices – any recommendations for books, audio, etc.?

I’d like to find something that is very practical in the real world, not necessarily meditation for 10 hours a day in a monestary – 🙂

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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bodhidave
bodhidave
9 years ago

P’ang’s reply is quite good. Another of the deeply sensitive and accessible writers on Zen is the Vietnamese teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. His “Zen Keys” is one of his earlier writings, but it is a pretty good introduction to Zen practice.

P'ang
P'ang
9 years ago

Zen, as with all of Buddhism, is fundamentally about meditation practice. In fact, the world “zen” is the Japanese translation of the Sanskrit word for “meditation.” So if you’d like to benefit from Zen, you’ll need to practice meditation. Fortunately, you don’t need to meditate for 10 hours a day, or travel to far-off mountain temple. Zen meditation is something you can do once each day for 15 minutes and gain enormous benefit. And, fortunately, Zen meditation is incredibly easy to learn. This short video tells you virtually everything that you need to know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csyCrcpDs58&feature=channel_page As far as reading goes,… Read more »

Money
Money
9 years ago

listen to the Alan Watts podcast series, and/or read any of his books

The Reverend Soleil
The Reverend Soleil
9 years ago

Start with the novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, by Robert Pirsig…

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