Having practiced zazen for more than half a century, Robert Aitken sits today as the senior American Roshi, a teacher of broad reputation and consequence, who numbers as his own teachers and associates some of the legendary figures of Japanese and American Buddhism. His serendipitous beginning as a Buddhist resulted from being a civilian prisoner of the Japanese in the SecHaving practiced zazen for more than half a century, Robert Aitken sits today as the senior American Roshi, a teacher of broad reputation and consequence, who numbers as his own teachers and associates some of the legendary figures of Japanese and American Buddhism. His serendipitous beginning as a Buddhist resulted from being a civilian prisoner of the Japanese in the Second World War, where he found R. R. Blythe, the great haiku master, and D.T. Suzuki, the most important and popular chronicler of Zen in English, as fellow detainees. After the war he returned to Japan on several occasions to study in traditional monastic settings. He has been a leader of the contemporary move to establish Zen Buddhism in the West and was a founding member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.With material never before collected in book form, The Morning Star includes writings from his first book, A Zen Wave, and from eight collections of essays and poems published over the last three decades. The introduction to this volume offers Robert Aitken’s latest presentation of Zen practice, addressing the Great Matter from a historical and personal perspective....
|Title||:||The Morning Star: New and Selected Zen Writings|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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The Morning Star: New and Selected Zen Writings Reviews
I'm reading this one right now, really great so far. Aitken Roshi started the Diamond Sangha, the group that I sit with here in Seattle, and I started reading this book at a recent sesshin. It was really perfect - he goes through a lot of the basics of sitting zazen and making it through sesshin with his group, a lay group that mixes Soto and Rinzai practices, but also manages to capture much of the beauty and simplicity of traditional zen koans, commentary, and poetry. Incidentally, he started his Zen group, The Diamond Sangha, in Haiku, Maui, just a couple miles from where I was born, in about 1967. I love the Hawaii connection.
I've been practicing zazen for three months now. This is the first Zen book I've ever read and I loved it. It has so much knowledge, so much wisdom... That my best advice for you is to read it slowly. Don't rush. If you have a guide, you may ask him for guidance, since you'll have a lot of questions as you read on. To me, the best part about reading this book was when I just laughed about the koans. They're a lot of fun! Like a switch that turns your logical side off. Enjoy!!!