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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; New edition edition (Jan. 5 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060778784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060778781
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Toshio Sudo has found Zen in the unlikeliest of places and has written about them: Zen Guitar, Zen Sex, and Zen Computer. Now, in Zen 24/7, it's Zen everything. But if it's true that being mindful in every moment is the heart of Zen, then everything is Zen. Taking just this approach, Sudo walks readers through a full day, from alarm clock to bedtime, stopping to ruminate on how the most mundane things, from a beer to a meeting to the dry cleaners, can remind us of bits of Zen wisdom. A Zen flag reminds us that it is the mind that moves; Zen fuzzy dice remind us to flow with traffic; a Zen mall reminds us to reduce desires; Zen sleep reminds us that every day's a good day. As in the best Zen writing, Sudo's observations are breezy but packed with genuine insight. There is a bit of sly humor and lots of encouragement, as if each page were a daily affirmation. This is a book to read through once, then pick up often for reminders, especially the page on Zen shopping, which you'll want to post on your refrigerator. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A more involved but also more fun approach can be found in Philip Toshio Sudo's quirky Zen 24/7: All Zen/All the Time, which dares to dissect a typical day and insert Zen-ish meditation opportunities into the most mundane of moments. Separate chapters deal with driving in the car, running errands, working out, getting ready in the morning and other quotidian activities. Sudo finds that standing in line at the ATM offers an opportunity to experience gratitude for spiritual riches; likewise, stopping at a traffic light gives us the chance to take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of stillness. Those who say they have no time for meditation will relish this humorous but perceptive book.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
If you want light reading about the subject of Zen, this will satisfy you. The book consists of little one-page "snippets" of how Zen fits into everyday experience. It was a little too light-hearted for me. If you want an intellectual experience, try D.T. Suzuki, Eugen Herrigel or Charlotte Joko Beck. I liked what this book was trying to do, just not the way the author did it. He wants the reader to see how Zen fits into everyday experience without making it seem unfathomable or impossible to comprehend. The author makes a great effort to bridge the gap which all Zen books face: Reading books about Zen won't make you Zen. It is like reading books about how to swim. You can read all the books there are in the world about swimming, but you will still not know how to swim. You have to get in the water for that! Philip Toshio Sudo tries to show the reader how to become Zen by looking at everyday objects with their Zen glasses on. He tries to introduce the subject with humor and avoids frightening the reader with deep intellectual treatment. Unfortunately he went too far. The book comes off as a Zen joke-book instead of a serious discussion of the subject.
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By Andrew on May 13 2002
Format: Paperback
...This book is more than a little bit "fluffy." Perhaps a problem with stating basic profound truths that they are all pretty obvious; "Things are what they are." Depending on your perspective, that's either deep or shallow.
Still, Zen 24/7 provides perspectives on zen in our daily lives, and can serve as a good reminder to pay attention and think of the possibilities for spiritual awakening in everyday life.
This is a good book to flip through. You can read the segments in any order, and they are nice to fill up spare moments of waiting. But if you read too many of them in a row, they all start to seem the same.
I'd say this is a good book for a zen afternoon snack, but for a complete zen meal, check out Janwillem van de Wetering, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maurine Stuart, or Geri Larkin.
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By Marilyn Cox on Aug. 26 2002
Format: Paperback
A perfect little book about zen written in such a simple way as to teach you without teaching and he makes everyday objects vessels of Zen. It changes the way you look at these things. Sudo takes things that appear in our day such as "bed" "car" "tv" and devotes one or two pages to them, showing for example how watching tv is zen...great little illustrations by Bo Hok Cline in the Japanese style of the objects on each page as well. Sudo could write a zen encyclopedia, devoting a paragraph to every object around us, that would be cool :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
perfect little book Aug. 26 2002
By Marilyn Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A perfect little book about zen written in such a simple way as to teach you without teaching and he makes everyday objects vessels of Zen. It changes the way you look at these things. Sudo takes things that appear in our day such as "bed" "car" "tv" and devotes one or two pages to them, showing for example how watching tv is zen...great little illustrations by Bo Hok Cline in the Japanese style of the objects on each page as well. Sudo could write a zen encyclopedia, devoting a paragraph to every object around us, that would be cool :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
deceptively simple Sept. 19 2004
By musicfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On first examination this book seems a little light weight and a bit pithy.

Nevertheless,over the next few days I found myself thinking about some of the things mentioned, like Zen Commute. I started to reflect on what was the underlying force that was driving evrything everywhere. Where are we all going and what is driving us?

There is some profound insight here if you are willing to put in the thought.

If you just read without thinking it would appear very light weight. But isn't that Zen in itself, the very simple things around you can lead to the greatest insight if you can find a way in.

A beautiful waste of time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth reading May 13 2002
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...This book is more than a little bit "fluffy." Perhaps a problem with stating basic profound truths that they are all pretty obvious; "Things are what they are." Depending on your perspective, that's either deep or shallow.
Still, Zen 24/7 provides perspectives on zen in our daily lives, and can serve as a good reminder to pay attention and think of the possibilities for spiritual awakening in everyday life.
This is a good book to flip through. You can read the segments in any order, and they are nice to fill up spare moments of waiting. But if you read too many of them in a row, they all start to seem the same.
I'd say this is a good book for a zen afternoon snack, but for a complete zen meal, check out Janwillem van de Wetering, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maurine Stuart, or Geri Larkin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awful book April 17 2014
By Robert W. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Like a daily devotion book. I threw it out a while back, but a page might be this same text, "Take a breath" for example, printed over and over side-by-side, top to bottom. All kinds of campy-ness and cheesiness. Sudo's Zen Guitar is quite excellent, though, even if you learn nothing about playing guitar, you learn about approaching something in a Zen-like way -- in one thing, learn 10,000. But this book is awful.
A down-to-earth, really sweet book on Zen March 4 2010
By S. A. Saribay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book opened with a touching preface. It's cute, humorous, short, sweet, and easy to read. Yet, it contains potential to evoke profound thoughts. I was deeply moved by it, to the extent that my moment-to-moment experience of reality showed signs of transformation in the following days. I highly recommend it as a book to read just for fun, or as a down-to-earth and sweet introduction into this elusive concept called Zen.


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