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“An extraordinary book for ordinary people. It speaks about ultimate matters with ultimate simplicity.” (Robert Aiktken, Roshi, author of Taking the Path of Zen)
“Deals with the most important spiritual practice of all--how we can live awakened in our daily life.” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry)
“An extraordinary book for ordinary people. It speaks about ultimate matters with ultimate simplicity.” (David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B, author of A Listening Heart)
Charlotte Joko Beck, who passed away in 2011, was the founder and former head teacher at the Zen Center in San Diego.
Charlotte has insight like no one else. I found reading her books to be life altering.Published 2 months ago by Lisa Barnes
Having read a few of the negative reviews of Beck's original introduction to the Ordinary Mind philosophy and practice, I have to say that I was one who had no previous exposure to... Read morePublished on June 1 2004
This is simply my favorite zen book, and I have read a few. Granted, if you are a total newcomer to zen, you may experience some frustration. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Rick Dale
great text for students of zen practice but also an amazing read for anyone NOT at all familiar with zen practice - sans the 'religious' spiritual overtones. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by nurse nicole
In a nutshell, Zen is meaningless without meditation. It is the basis of Zen. Charlotte Joko Beck's books are not instruction books on how to meditate, nor are they an... Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by Mark Walsh
I read this book after reading "Nothing Special". I like Joko's writing a lot, simple, direct to the points just as Zen should be simple. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002
I suppose if you were aready a Zen student and had a "teacher" and could run down to the local Zen center 3 times a week, you might enjoy this book, or at least know what... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002 by Amazon Customer
I suppose if you were already a Zen student and had a "teacher" and could run down to the local "Zen Center" a few times a week, you might enjoy this book, or... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002 by Steven K.
It was about two years ago when I started out on my path. I needed something simple and right to the point. Which is why I recommend both of Charolette JoKo Beck's books. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002