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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press; Reprint edition (July 9 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887178406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887178402
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 304 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From Library Journal

Aitken, one of the foremost teachers of Zen in the West, has written several notable books on its practice, including Taking the Path of Zen (Farrar, 1982), a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a translation of The Mumonkan (LJ 1/91), one of Zen's central collections of koans. Here he does an admirable job of exploring the meaning of the paramitas, or perfections. The paramitas, a part of all Buddhist traditions, are somewhat in the nature of guidelines or ideals, attention to which can deepen one's understanding and Buddhist practice. Aitken devotes one chapter to each of the ten perfections, giving for each several pages of background and explanation followed by a question-and-answer section transcribed from dialogs with students. This is an excellent book, geared primarily toward those with some knowledge and experience of Zen practice. A fine complement to Aitken's other works, it is highly recommended for collections with an interest in Zen.
Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y.
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Based in Honolulu, Aitken is the most senior American Zen master and an author and translator of books on Zen, especially the practice of lay Buddhism in the West. Here he explicates the 10 paramitas ("perfections," or guides to conduct) of Mahayana Buddhism. Each discussion is followed by responses to his students' most-asked questions, addressing not only the topic at hand, but also the role of the teacher, the transformation of the self through sitting meditation (zazen), koan study, and the Mahayana tradition of responsibility for the welfare of others. Though known as a rigorous and traditional Zen master of both Rinzai and Soto lineages, Aitken calls the paramitas "inspirations, not fixed rules" and eschews perfectionism. This will be a good companion to The Mind of Clover (1984), Aitken's beautifully written exploration of Zen's Ten Grave Precepts (the uniquely Buddhist commandments). Both will appeal to those interested in Buddhist practice and ethics and, more broadly, to those who look to books for help with that perennial question: how to live. Glossary and extensive notes follow the text. Penny Spokes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By David P Oller on Dec 10 2003
Format: Paperback
What really amazes me is I'm the first person to review this book!
Roshi Aitken just happened to be in the bookstore in Albuquerque when I went in. He was signing copies of this book and I bought one then and one later.
I've read several of Roshi's books, but this one impressed me the most. Maybe it's more about imperfection than perfection, and the title may scare people who think there is no way they will ever be perfect at anything.
This isn't what the book is about. It's about sincerity, integrity, effort, and a loving nature. Everybody should read this book, but for Zen students, it's a must!
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Amazed! Dec 10 2003
By David P Oller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What really amazes me is I'm the first person to review this book!
Roshi Aitken just happened to be in the bookstore in Albuquerque when I went in. He was signing copies of this book and I bought one then and one later.
I've read several of Roshi's books, but this one impressed me the most. Maybe it's more about imperfection than perfection, and the title may scare people who think there is no way they will ever be perfect at anything.
This isn't what the book is about. It's about sincerity, integrity, effort, and a loving nature. Everybody should read this book, but for Zen students, it's a must!
The real McCoy March 31 2014
By mukunda777 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Aitken Roshi consistently sums up the heart of the Zen adventure in any and all of his writing. A wisdom so quiet and gentle that the nugget of what he's aiming at illuminating can often be over-looked! that being said,over the years that I have been reading him, I will find myself at odd times referencing something of his that I read and being gladdened by it. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Aitken is a good source for understanding Zen Buddhism Sept. 22 2014
By Michael F. Pavitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Aitken is a good source for understanding Zen Buddhism. His writings are approachable, and they are written in good, plain English rather than some sort of pidgin. I don't know why Buddhist teachers think that they have to use Pali, Sanscrit, Chinese and Japanese terms for concepts that can be clearly expressed in simple English.
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Review coming... just a bitch about the Kindle price... Oct. 17 2012
By Shikantaza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
2012-Oct-17

I just bought the Kindle version of The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective. I will review it after I read it a time or two.

WHY DOES AN EBOOK COST $19???? Amazon states this price is set by the publisher. Greed-head slime bags! $6-7, sure, I can see that. Maybe. Because Aitken has passed on, who gets the royalties?

$19 for bits? Zero cost to manufacture & ship? OUTRAGEOUS!


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