# Sekida, Katsuki, ^,t«„„«v.^. Zen training: methods and philosophy . / Katsuki Sekida ; edited, with an introduction, by A. V. brimstone. —. 1st ed. Katsuki Sekida (—) was a Japanese lay Soto Zen teacher who studied and practiced Zen in Japan for sixty years. He began Zen. Katsuki Sekida (—) began his Zen practice in and trained at the Empuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto and the Ryutaku-ji Monastery in Mishima, Japan.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. The book can be very dry and difficult to read at times. In general, I’m a hit-and-run athlete.

David Fontana I found to be incredibly objective in his descriptions, and I trusted his words enough to read this book. Review Text Methods and philosophy. Thanks for posting a comment! Dec 10, Kapila rated it really liked it. I know this would go away with practice, however, I am not sure if I’ll follow it.

The author combines instruction for zazen, personal stories, passages from zen masters and much inspiration into a classic. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Established in as a grassroots initiative, Sweeping Zen is a digital archive of information on Zen Buddhism. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It’s a relief to logical thinkers like katsukj to see how it can work together.

To ask other readers questions about Zen Trainingplease sign up. Thanks for your comment! Now the authors first language was Japanese, and Ebglish was his second or third language so he uses the wrong eskida for words now and then. There is a lot of “new age trash” out there, but this book seems to be the real deal. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I am not a master, nor an expert.

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I learned the difference between Zen meditation vs meditation in Yoga. The author seems very serious at first, but rereadings make him appear more playful.


Most Zen books authors get lost or too out of touch by their focus on esoteric concepts or enlightenment. Ultimately, however, it is the concentrated and serious spirit of the book that most tellingly establishes its value to those interested 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.

If you can’t, this book teaches you how.

Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy

The student must learn to live in the ordinary world, while yet retaining the quality of his experience of absolute samadhi. Interesting in some cases, repetitive in others but never could understood how Zen could be just a “no thought” thing Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

He always wants the reader to find out for him or herself. May katsuku, Marian rated it it was amazing. There is zero mysticism in this book. Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment. Breath by Breath Larry Rosenberg.

So I am not fond of books katsuik strange unrealistic imaginary and out of this world claims. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

Easily readable, demystifies the practice of meditation. Though I doubt seoida teaches the traditional zazen he recommends to close your eyes and execute a particular type of breathinghis techniques and explanations are of extraordinary practical value for the beginner zen practitioner.

This book is about Zazen, which is essentially meditation rather than esoteric koans, which is usually associated with Zen. This first half did allude to encountering “pure existence” when one is mature in their practice of meditation, but that read like new-age spirituality and it didn’t make sense.

View my complete profile. He went on to teach high school English until retiring, devoting the rest of his life to Zen practice.


Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazenseated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. I will try anything active! You’ll be surprised how meditation is more than simply sitting in a room and breathing. 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 katsyki expense of other important aspects of Zen training.

There’s no mumbo-jumbo here. The This book is about Zazen, which is essentially meditation rather than esoteric koans, which is usually associated with Zen. Jul 15, Graham added it. The book’s more scientific perspective is a refreshing break from the unrelatable “far-outness” Zen is sekidw often packaged in and which has caused zen to become all but a superficial ornament on sekica many New Age book shelves.

I had the good fortune to study with Katsuki Sekida at the Maui Zendo in the early ’70s.

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It goes on to map out our normal pattern of consciousness and how to quiet the mind, eventually emptying it completely. It is truly objective as well, so much information, and so much possibility to learn from this book. Methods and Philosophy by Katsuki Sekida. Read the first couple of chapters if you can get your hands on it. 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.

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