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This text deals with the methods and philosophy of Zen training. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Zen Training , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy. Dec 10, Kapila rated it really liked it. I don't pretend to understand most of this book. It was a heavy read, at times plodding - and yet I'm glad to have had the chance to read it. Certain passages struck me: Someday you will have this kind of experience.
And one day, when you emerge from it, rising from your seat, stepping across the doorsill, looking at the stones and trees in the garden, hearing some trifling sound, raising a cup to your lips or passing your fingers over a bowl, suddenly, you will find heaven and earth come tumblin I don't pretend to understand most of this book.
And one day, when you emerge from it, rising from your seat, stepping across the doorsill, looking at the stones and trees in the garden, hearing some trifling sound, raising a cup to your lips or passing your fingers over a bowl, suddenly, you will find heaven and earth come tumbling down.
And: Spring has come round. A thousand flowers are in their lovely bloom. For what? For whom? View all 3 comments. Oct 29, Nick rated it it was amazing. If you can get past the irony of learning about ineffable Zen teachings from a book, this is a very good Zen book indeed. It's one of the few that tells you specifically what to expect and what to do in 'zazen' or sitting meditation, which is where it all begins. Sekida is refreshingly straightforward and clear, and he keeps the koans to a minimum as he describes how to sit, breathe, and think in order to achieve samadhi.
Any book that begins with a chapter on "one-minute zazen" gets high marks If you can get past the irony of learning about ineffable Zen teachings from a book, this is a very good Zen book indeed. Any book that begins with a chapter on "one-minute zazen" gets high marks from this impatient Westerner. Recommended if you want to pursue Zen meditation, or if you just want to understand what all the non-fuss is about.
Feb 18, Kevin Chen rated it it was amazing. Can you cease your thoughts just by tensing your body? If you can't, this book teaches you how. You'll be surprised how meditation is more than simply sitting in a room and breathing. You'll learn how to listen to your body, while managing your mind and stress. May 11, Jessica rated it really liked it. It's taken me months to read this book, which is highly unusual for me.
But I enjoyed the reading and thinking on the reading. I do not practice zen but am occasionally driven to try and understand something about it, usually by reading books that leave me knowing less than I started out with. This book left me knowing less than I started out with as well, but I feel good about it, feel very zen and emptied by it.
And I have learned so much about breath. Also, this book has charts and tables and It's taken me months to read this book, which is highly unusual for me. Also, this book has charts and tables and all kinds of analytical tools for people like me who really thrive on that kind of presentation of material. Sounds counter-zen, doesn't it? It's a relief to logical thinkers like myself to see how it can work together. Oct 29, Ben Saff rated it really liked it.
This book is immediately useful and impactful and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and practice zazen, the meditative discipline of Zen Buddhism. There is zero mysticism in this book. It begins by describing the ideal postures and breathing techniques for zazen, making it possible to begin practicing right away. It goes on to map out our normal pattern of consciousness and how to quiet the mind, eventually emptying it completely.
Emptying the mind is important part of Zen but it This book is immediately useful and impactful and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and practice zazen, the meditative discipline of Zen Buddhism. Emptying the mind is important part of Zen but it is not the ultimate goal. Emptying the mind stops the regular pattern of egocentric consciousness and helps the mind perceive the world in its pure form, that is, without relation to our own experience or ego.
Imagine what it would be like to see a flower for the first time. Imagine not thinking in terms of "I". This book reinforced for me the fact that my daily seemingly lifelong patten of consciousness can be altered and improved by reducing egocentric thoughts and increasing direct perception pure consciousness of the world and people around me.
Sep 29, Nile rated it it was amazing. I was very uneducated on Buddhism and zen culture prior to reading this, so I found this very enlightening. I went into this book looking to have my meditation technique improved and that's exactly what it delivered on. Not only did I learn about zazen, which refers to the physical act of meditating, but I was given this positive reinforcement about achieving that clear mind that I so desired, which Sekida refers to as samadhi. He talks about why you will fail very often in the beginning but tha I was very uneducated on Buddhism and zen culture prior to reading this, so I found this very enlightening.
He talks about why you will fail very often in the beginning but that gives hope that with continuous years of practicing meditation everyday my technique will slowly improve and my usual way of consciousness and attachment to things and the delusions of the ego will eventually fall off entirely. Sep 29, Michael Sypes rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy-self-help. I really enjoyed this book's earlier chapters with detailed instructions on Zazen. As the book goes further it becomes an ever increasing morass of unintelligible esoterica, typical of most of these kinds of books.
A useful and practical introduction to Zen. Much recommended for fellow noobs who know nothing. I mean to return to this book later on and read some chapters in more detail. The theorising on the nature of cognition and consciousness is also very interesting to me and surprisingly some bits aren't too far off from what I've read in recent books and papers on the topic.
This is the book that, many years ago, helped me make my first noticeable progress with zazen. There are many other books on Zen, but I haven't read another that does as much to encourage a beginning practitioner. Aug 16, Logan LePage rated it it was amazing.
This isn't just a book on how to properly meditate, but rather a great guide in the mindset of a Buddhist. It offers practical method, philosophy, and psychology all in one. Dec 22, C Settles rated it really liked it. Good introductory read to Zen for those already familiar with Buddhism. Considrable detail on practice methods and reasoning behind them.
Oct 31, Michael Karpusas rated it it was amazing. Excellent book that you feel reading over and over again. Feb 23, Bretty rated it it was amazing. Clarified many aspects of breathing and posture for me. Highly recommended to any serious practitioner of Zen. This book is about Zazen, which is essentially meditation rather than esoteric koans, which is usually associated with Zen.
A Guide to Zen: Lessons from a Modern Master
Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazen , seated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. The book marked a turning point in Zen literature in its critical reevaluation of the enlightenment experience, which the author believes has often been emphasized at the expense of other important aspects of Zen training. In addition, Zen Training goes beyond the first flashes of enlightenment to explore how one lives as well as trains in Zen. The author also draws many significant parallels between Zen and Western philosophy and psychology, comparing traditional Zen concepts with the theories of being and cognition of such thinkers as Heidegger and Husserl. It should be on the shelves of all libraries. Though physiologically technical, it remains personal and practical, focusing on the actual experience of zazen practice.
Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy
Sekida uses the term in a very general way in which it may simply be taken to mean "mental absorption. I find huge overlap in Sekida's descriptions and what I have experienced in my own practice of Centering Prayer. More than any other Zen author, I feel like his language really speaks to my own, non-officially-Zen, experience. Man is deprived; circumstances are not deprived. Circumstances are deprived; man is not deprived.