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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (April 7 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062516027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062516022
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 18.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 517 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story of the 80-year-old Catholic priest who sheds tears his first time meditating; the parable of potatoes that are best cleaned by being rubbed against each other; the koan about the sound of one hand--in 365 Zen, Jean Smith mines the now vast body of English language Zen literature, plucking out gems for appreciative handling. Laid out for daily contemplation, each passage is less than a page in length, and although short enough to be read in just a few moments, they have enough gleaming facets to keep you turning them over all day. Seasoned students and avid readers of Zen will find much of the material familiar--Thich Nhat Hanh, Shunryu Suzuki, Charlotte Joko Beck--but having it sorted and refined into daily doses makes for convenient practice. And whether you are a novice or an expert, you will be sure to find enough treasures to keep your mind unbusy every day of the year. --Brian Bruya

About the Author

Jean Smith is the editor of Everyday Mind, Breath Sweeps Mind, and Radiant Mind, all of which were created under the auspices of Tricycle, North America's premier Buddhist magazine.

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By A Customer on Sept. 22 2000
As with other books edited or affiliated with Jean Smith, there seems to be confusion as to how many days there are in the year. This book says there's 365, while another of Smith's collections about Buddhism says there's 366. In fact, both books only have 356 entries. This type of glaringly obvious mistake is representative of the lack of depth and detailed consideration given to the content of this book. I would look elsewhere for "wisdom" if I were you. I wasted another fifteen bucks on this one.
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By A Customer on Sept. 29 2001
This collection is a good way to gain access to zen writing and writers. I have found it both inspirational and practical. The readings beg you to think and then to apply them to situations each of us encounter every day. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold. Excellent!
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This book sits in a very easy place to find in my apartment. Tt is the perfect book to pick up, read an entry and move on in your task. The lessons are all very easy to absorb and enjoyable to read. If you have even a passing interest in Zen, you'll find this an enjoyable book - as will any who visit you.
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I would recommend this book for Zen beginners. The content is taken from a wide variety of classic Zen authors. It introduces the philosophy and concept in a brief yet precise point. The short stories are humorous and at the same time profound. I take this book with me on an airplane, a train....
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