Zen for Beginners

Zen for Beginners Zen from its foundation in China of the th Century AD has always been than a religion It is an intriguing system of principles and practice designed to give each individual the experience of eternit

  • Title: Zen for Beginners
  • Author: Judith Blackstone Zoran Josipovic Naomi Rosenblatt
  • ISBN: 9780863161162
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zen from its foundation in China of the 6th Century AD, has always been than a religion It is an intriguing system of principles and practice designed to give each individual the experience of eternity in a split second, the knowledge of divinity in every living thing To create a book about Zen, however, is risky It is one thing to describe the factual history of tZen from its foundation in China of the 6th Century AD, has always been than a religion It is an intriguing system of principles and practice designed to give each individual the experience of eternity in a split second, the knowledge of divinity in every living thing To create a book about Zen, however, is risky It is one thing to describe the factual history of this exotic strain of Buddhism It s quite another to successfully convey the crazy wisdom of the Zen masters, their zany sense of their uncanny ability to pass on the experience of enlightenment to their students The authors of Zen For Beginners have clearly overcome these considerable risks The books uses an engaging mix of clear, informative writing and delightful illustrations to document the story of Zen from its impact on Chinese and Japanese culture to its influence on American writers such as Japanese culture to its influence on American writers such as Ginsberg and Kerouac.

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    1. Fantastic, lightning read with a unique art style that truly walks you through Zen Buddhism. Bears repeated reading and practicing to enjoy it to the fullest.

    2. Buku Zen untuk Pemula ini diharapkan dapat menjadi perkenalan yang menyenangkan tentang apa itu Zen? Namun seperti biasa, kendala terjemahan menyebabkan banyak kalimat di dalamnya tersendat. Meski demikian, membaca buku ini, ibarat menelusuri sejarah panjang lahirnya Agama Buddha dan berserta aliran-alirannya. Jika selama ini, saya hanya mengetahui kisah hidup Sidharta Gautama hingga ia menjadi Buddha dan meninggal, Zen untuk Pemula mengajak saya keliling daratan India, Cina, hingga Jepang. Begi [...]

    3. The author(s) state from the beginning that Zen is an impossible subject to cover, and that they didn't even want to take this project on. It ran really hot and cold for me. I enjoyed knowing the brief history of Zen and its terms, but I think they muddled around a bit too long with each individual monk/Zen master, and for me, it became rather monotonous and hard to tell them apart. The illustrations bring a little fun to it.

    4. I love this book. Even though some of the illustrations are rather crude, I still really like them and think they add a lot to the text. This book encapsulates many of the basics and history of Zen without going into too much detail. This book reminded me of some of the things in the novel, Red Zen by Jason Earls. Check that one out of you get a chance.

    5. The historical overview was interesting and the one thing that saves this book from getting only one star. Apart from that, this book almost made me more confused than I was before. And the illustrations are terrible! Not funny, not nice to look at, just annoying. Not recommended!

    6. Fun stuff! The introduction that is not an introduction is spot onand there are many more (humorous) gems as with all For Beginners books, actually. I'm a fan.

    7. An enjoyable and illustrated primer on the history and main ideas of Zen Buddhism. I read it very quickly (it was a low word-count) and learned a bit more about the who's who of Zen. The cartoons were funny. I have become a practitioner of Zen, in my own way. It is easy and impossible in equal measures. Someone smarter than I am compared Zen to high wire walking: string a cable between two poles a hundred feet above the ground. Make sure the cable is taut. Walk across the cable without falling.E [...]

    8. As the book title suggests, this is the book about "Zen for Beginners", but not to be confused, this is the book for even people who have practiced because the mind of Zen is the attempt to be always beginners' mind. The practice of Zen is to become able to experience life without any interference of our accumulated opinions, ideas, fears, or prejudices. It means that every moment is new and we are new because we are not separate from the moment. By practicing Zen, you would be fully involved in [...]

    9. Zen is stupid. This will probably be taken as an affront or get me condemned by the faithful, which is stupid because a religion that so relies on paradox to make its points about “enlightenment” ought to embrace the claim that it is stupid as one side of a paradox. Alas, Zen does not see itself that way, and that is stupid.I knew we were in trouble when the authors revealed themselves to be practicing Zennies early on, because that meant that no skepticism would be presented, and indeed non [...]

    10. I became interested in learning more about Zen Buddhism, having completed two of Janwillem van de Wetering's three memoirs. Lazy by nature, I thought I could go the comic book route. Although I'm convinced the authors and illustrator made an effort to be informative, I believe they tried to accomplish too much in too few pages. Without van de Wetering's books, I would have entirely missed Blackstone and Josipovic's meaning (and, at times, did anyway).If you want to lose interest in Zen Buddhism, [...]

    11. The history was interesting, but little was actually explained. And, the illustrations simply weren't very good and often had little to do with what was being said in the text. I will continue looking for a better overview.It did make me interested enough to want to read more on the topic, so I'll give it that.

    12. Pleasantly written survey of the history and culture of zen. Good descriptions of ancient Zen masters, Chinese and Japanese. Heavily illustrated with line drawings, some of which reflect the text better than others. Nothing here is very detailed or particularly enlightening, just a short pleasant read.

    13. I love this little cartoon summary of Zen Buddhism. Generally, the "Beginners" series are excellent, informative and fun to read, and this one is no exception. It stays true to what Buddhism, and Zen is about, as well as giving some 'accepted' history/legend behind Zen Buddhism and even a few practice tips. I've had this on my shelf for years and take it out every so often.

    14. Hmmm, I knew nothing about zen before I read this, and I still feel like I know nothing. It read easy enough for a dense subject, but the illustrations were just hideous. By the end though I was coming up with my own zen thoughts: 'What is reality? What you see'. 'Who am I? Who you are'. :)

    15. Goofy graphic novel-style book, but definitely whetted my appetite to learn more about Zen. I didn't really know the history of Buddhism and the Zen sect before this, but this book explains it in a humorous, but informative way.

    16. I started this book to learn Zen. I got engaged in the delightful style of the authors. Before I knew it I had finished the book. I still refer to it.

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