The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Here is a comprehensive introduction to Zen Buddhism for those who don't know how or where to begin, nor what to expect once they have started practicing. It includes the fundamentals of meditation practice (posture, technique, clothing), descriptions of the basic teachings and major texts, the teacher-student relationship, and what you will find when you visit a zendo, plus a history of Zen from the founding of Buddhism to its major schools in the West. In addition to answering the most frequently asked questions, it offers a listing of American Zen centers and resources, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary.

Jean Smith's enormously practical approach ensures that The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism will become the book teachers and students alike will recommend.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Jean Smith

See more books from this Author
Jean Smith is the editor of four well-established and much-admired collections of Buddhist teachings-Breath Sweeps Mind, Everyday Mind, Radiant Mind, and 365 Zen. She divides her time between New York City and the Adirondack Mountains.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Harmony. 208 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

It's hard to imagine that Buddha envisioned different schools to disseminate his teachings, but two great traditions have emerged: Mahayana (encompassing Tibetan and Zen Buddhism), growing north out of India, and Theravada or Vipassana, known in the West as Insight Meditation, which developed sou...

| Read Full Review of The Beginner's Guide to Zen B...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Smith shies away from calling Zen a religion, sugarcoating the more religious aspects of Zen practice, such as making offerings or paying respect to one's teacher, in an effort to make them palatable to the Zen consumer.

| Read Full Review of The Beginner's Guide to Zen B...

Spirituality & Practice

Smith presents an overview of basic Buddhist major texts, a history of Zen, answers to frequently asked questions, a listing of American Zen centers and resources, and a glossary of terms.

| Read Full Review of The Beginner's Guide to Zen B...

Reader Rating for The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism
89%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 19 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×