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  1. says:

    An excellent entertaining and dare I say enlightening memoir by Lawrence Shainberg that I've been meaning to read since it came out in 1995 Took me so long to get around to it because Zen and its philosophy—its contradictions like perfect imperfection maybe but not maybe maybe—stuff like that twist up my mind

  2. says:

    After sesshin this year I felt an urge to read books about Zen usually I want to read anything but not dharma books but memoirs of Zen experience First I turned to a book that only a sideways look at Zen by a man who practiced reluctantly Bones of the Master A Journey to Secret Mongolia by George Crane Then I reread for the third or fourth

  3. says:

    This was such a fun and fascinating book I was ambivalent about Zen myself but I committed myself to it for six months and decided it's not for me so I thought this would be a good memoir to help me make sense of my experience Indeed there were many concerns I had that were confirmed from reading this bookZen is very strict even

  4. says:

    An honest even bracing and humorous memoir that endears Larry S to me and also even helped my meditation on the cushion Watch out for your mind should be posted like a road sign at all zendoors I can't share his love of Beckett but

  5. says:

    Simply outstanding I found myself drawn into the story as if it was a novel and identified with the author's ambivalence around teachers and au

  6. says:

    Very honest warts and all memoir of one man's struggles with his Zen practice

  7. says:

    Shainberg has a strange and deft touch in this memoir of his life through a succession of teachersNo one that I

  8. says:

    This is a spiritual autobiography by a cranky neurotic Zen student He starts with descriptions of his father another spiritual seeker who was reading Krishnamurti and Buddhist books and going to an analyst in the late 40s Encouraged he pursues his own spirituality through Zen martial arts monastic and lay Buddhist practices I found his descriptions of Bernie Glassman's Zen organization in New York in the 60s interesting it sounds like Glas

  9. says:

    This takes a different approach from most Zen books it's much of a memoir of the author's life in which Zen practice plays a huge part than a discussion of the usual Zen issues Which is totally refreshing Shainbe

  10. says:

    I'm newly exploring Zen this book made me a little worriednot enough to stop exploringbut mostly left me feeling a huge distaste for the author I feel like the book ended abruptly I'm sure there's something very Zen about the way he wrote the book and meant to make it unsettling but I was just left cold

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Summary Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Lawrence Shainberg

Iritual journey Alternately comic and reverential Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spiritual a Very honest warts and all memoir of one man s struggles with his Zen practice

Read Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Mbition and presents a poignant reflection of the experiences faced by many Americans involved in the Zen movement Shainberg has a strange and deft touch in this memoir of his life through a succession of teachersNo one that I ve read has captured the relentless struggle and courage of maintaining a Zen practice If you think such a practice is relaxing please read this book before you step into the Zendo Neither have I read an account insightful about the pitfalls of teachers with egos of troubling proportionThis is not to say that these teachers aren t earnest in their beliefs They are both sincere and poorly skilled and Shainberg repeatedly to the point of masochism gives in until damage is done While the reader might occasionally want to shout at him that this particular teacher is full of it or is taking him for a ride Shainberg builds up his own biography so carefully that the reader knows he s going to have to learn all this on his ownNo easy answers here No apotheosis No tragedy Just a human doing his best to find answers and some peace and how that road can never be easy I found this book riveting Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide until damage is done While the reader might occasionally want to shout at him that this particular teacher is full of it or is taking him for a ride Shainberg builds The White Nights of Ramadan up his own biography so carefully that the reader knows he s going to have to learn all this on his ownNo easy answers here No apotheosis No tragedy Just a human doing his best to find answers and some peace and how that road can never be easy I found this book riveting

Summary Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Lawrence Shainberg

Seeking help with his basketball game Shainberg embraced Zen Buddhism in 1951 and was catapulted on a life long sp This was such a fun and fascinating book I was ambivalent about Zen myself but I committed myself to it for six months and decided it s not for me so I thought this would be a good memoir to help me make sense of my experience Indeed there were many concerns I had that were confirmed from reading this bookZen is very strict even dogmatic and it is laser focused on eraticating ego It certainly makes one wonder what it would be like to really commit oneself to this practice in a serious way and that s what this man did He really went whole hog in the practice but his persistent ambivalence always made him worry that his sincerity was compromised along with the uality of his practice I d say it had since doubt is called one of the five hinderances in BuddhismNonetheless it s a fascinating journey this author takes you on You really see just how human some of these great teachers are and sometimes it seems like they re just as wrapped up in ego clinging as the rest of us Buddhism is hard work and Zen even so and that s all they get Of course I expect even of Zen practictioners than other Buddhist traditions because their practice is so much intensive I know better than to judge others when this practice is such a personal one but I can t help but wish for shining examples of what is possible