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  1. says:

    An excellent entertaining and dare I say enlightening memoir by Lawrence Shainberg that I've been meaning to re

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    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 practic

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    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 exper

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    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 that is beside the point Shainberg lets us see and feel how his meditative accomplishment an

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    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 authority figures and people's willingness to surrender to authority figures even when their behavior doesn't seem to justify it I found his time with Bernie Glassman fascinating and and at the same time disappointing and was left with the nagging feeling that his real teacher was right under his nos

  6. says:

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

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    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 t

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    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 fou

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    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 Shainberg

  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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Iritual journey Alternately comic and reverential Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spiritual a. 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 authority figures and people s willingness to surrender to authority figures even when their behavior doesn t seem to justify it I found his time with Bernie Glassman fascinating and and at the same time disappointing and was left with the nagging feeling that his real teacher was right under his nose all along Perhaps there is something about the desire to build large communities that is essentially corrupting regardless of the spiritual tradition

Summary Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Seeking help with his basketball game Shainberg embraced Zen Buddhism in 1951 and was catapulted on a life long sp. 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 and confound way worse than this sentence likely does for you Had I read the book when it came out I would ve long ago realized I m not alone Though while I ve barely scratched the surface of Zen Shainberg went in deep and in Ambivalent Zen recounts his spiritual pursuits over decades his endless effort to sit zazen correctly with the perfect posture and his experience with the r shi Kyudo Nakagawa who led the Soho Zen Buddhist Society in Manhattan He covers a lot of other ground as well family relationships the business of Zen history of Buddhism We see him balancing his frustrations and ambitions and these colliding too which Shainberg describes for us with a mas

Free download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Lawrence Shainberg

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