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There Is A Fine Art To Presenting Complex Ideas With Simplicity And Insight, In A Manner That Both Guides And Inspires In Taking The Path Of Zen Robert Aitken Presents The Practice, Lifestyle, Rationale, And Ideology Of Zen Buddhism With Remarkable ClarityThe Foundation Of Zen Is The Practice Of Zazen, Or Mediation, And Aitken Roshi Insists That Everything Flows From The Center He Discusses Correct Breathing, Posture, Routine, Teacher Student Relations, And Koan Study, As Well As Common Problems And Milestones Encountered In The Process Throughout The Book The Author Returns To Zazen, Offering Further Advice And Advanced Techniques The Orientation Extends To Various Religious Attitudes And Includes Detailed Discussions Of The Three Treasures And The Ten Precepts Of Zen Buddhism Taking The Path Of Zen Will Serve As Orientation And Guide For Anyone Who Is Drawn To The Ways Of Zen, From The Simply Curious To The Serious Zen Student


10 thoughts on “Taking the Path of Zen

  1. says:

    Taking the Path of Zen serves as a primer for the practice of zazen meditation Aitken s instructions are remarkably clear and explained in a way that makes them easy to approach he gives very good advice on focusing the breath, the proper sitting posture and exercises that can be done to facilitate that posture , all the while being gently encouraging.As a short book on basics, it doesn t dig very deep into Zen philosophy, focusing instead on basic practices and ideas While this may not be Taking the Path of Zen serves as a primer for the practice of zazen meditation Aitken s instructions are remarkably clear and explained in a way that makes them easy to approach he gives very good advice on focusing the breath, the proper sitting posture and exercises that can be done to facilitate that posture , all the while being gently encouraging.As a short book on basics, it doesn t dig very deep into Zen philosophy, focusing instead on basic practices and ideas While this may not be anything new to people acquainted with Zen, I think as far as beginners resources go, this book should be at the top of the list.I was very struck by an early passage that discusses how the Buddha s story can be seen as a metaphor for how any person can come to the Dharma and practice of zazen born a prince, the Buddha then became aware of sickness, old age and death, and sought a way to lessen the suffering of beings and eventually found the Middle Way In Aitken s view, everyone who takes refuge in the Dharma undergoes the same process in their own way I had never seen it put quite like that before, and yet what better way illustrate the fact that we all share fundamental Buddha nature I also really appreciate that he reminds the readers that doubt doesn t mean one is failing, but is an integral part of the process one must work with in their practice.Very insightful and practical, this book could be a fantastic reference for new students of Zen, and a helpful reminder to theseasoned students


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    Highlights 1 Being alive is an important responsibility.2 We have little time to fulfill.3 Rigorous practice is necessary.4 Zen breathing 1 10 When you lose count, come back to one Breathe in 1 breath out 2 5 Noticing and acknowledging your feelings is a step toward taking responsibility for them, and reflecting.6 Rest is the essence of patience Cultivate rest.7 If we feed our problems by paying attention to them, they will grow and flourish.8 Deepest experience is complete unit Highlights 1 Being alive is an important responsibility.2 We have little time to fulfill.3 Rigorous practice is necessary.4 Zen breathing 1 10 When you lose count, come back to one Breathe in 1 breath out 2 5 Noticing and acknowledging your feelings is a step toward taking responsibility for them, and reflecting.6 Rest is the essence of patience Cultivate rest.7 If we feed our problems by paying attention to them, they will grow and flourish.8 Deepest experience is complete unity with the whole universe.9 We are guided by our parents toward a sense of responsibility, but despite the program set up about us, we emerge, each in our own way, as individual inquirers.10 Karma enlightenment, awakening of responsibility of negative energy


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    I had the good fortune to meet Robert once and I have met his students We share lineage Both of us trained in the Soto school and I also trained in the Rinzai school I read his book many years ago before starting a ten day meditation period at Zen Mountain Center I loaned the book to a young woman who had been with us for the ten days Many years later the book came back to me in the mail and I read it again Amazing insight Clear practical help for your practice Now to pass it on.


  4. says:

    This is the Zen book I wish I would have had many years ago when I first started practicing We read this as our topic for our Summer book group at Two Arrows Zen It s a short book, but it contained an incredible amount of depth for the group to dig into Made for great conversations Aitken s pragmatic, no nonsense commentary filled in a significant number of gaps in my understanding of Zen practice This is the Zen book I wish I would have had many years ago when I first started practicing We read this as our topic for our Summer book group at Two Arrows Zen It s a short book, but it contained an incredible amount of depth for the group to dig into Made for great conversations Aitken s pragmatic, no nonsense commentary filled in a significant number of gaps in my understanding of Zen practice


  5. says:

    My single favorite Buddhist Teacher died yesterday, a man whose writing saved my life in some respects For anyone interested in Zen please try this wonderful man s lucid, wise and socially awre books.


  6. says:

    My Kindle says I finished it two months ago I don t remember anything about it, so I d call it forgettable.


  7. says:

    It seems that studying Zen is always about new beginnings Even when enlightenment has struck the student must continually polish his or her mirror lest the dust settle and obscure the original insight.Robert Aitken has the ability to revealthan he should, to invite you to merge your eyebrows with his, to see through his eyes This is a sound introductory text, which contains sufficient meat and bones to satisfy the hungry Well worth a read.


  8. says:

    This is an excellent book for those who are practitioners of Zen Buddhism or for those who simply want to knowabout this philosophy religion I have found this book to be very insightful and overall it has been a good read.


  9. says:

    Robert Aitken is my teacher s teacher This is the first in a long list of books he wrote.


  10. says:

    Great introduction to the practice of zazen, working with a teacher, and participating in a spiritual community Highly recommend to anyone new or old to the practice.