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A taste of Zen for the seeker and curious alike, here is a compilation of sayings, parables, haiku, koan, poetry, and other words. From both Eastern and Western sources, their maverick spirit points to a different way of looking at the world: directly, openly, joyously.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||4.60(w) x 4.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
David Schiller is an author of eclectic interests whose books include The Little Zen Companion, The Little Book of Prayers, and Guitars, among others. His books and calendars have more than 2 million copies in print. He lives in New York.
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This book doesn't presume to define Zen, but instead to offer a taste of Zen's way of looking at the world: where the best moment is now, where things
Excerpted from The Little Zen Companion. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.
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Fun and intriguing book. A great pocket buddy for everyday life.
Like a word a day- it's 350 japanese koans to meditate on (many from western thinkers). Or you could play the Little Zen Companion game and discuss them with others(I've done it, and now I can achieve mu shin :P) Even more succinct than Nietzsche, the Companion offers short clips that are sometimes "...puzzling- when words are not used to communicate an idea, but as tools to plant a wordless truth," As it says "Sometimes strange things can happen." I tried it with a math friend of mine- showing her "Water to pure has no fish." I took that to mean that ideas crashed when they were introduced to people, much to their creator's dismay, because there was no filter in the real world. But that the ideas themselves had no intrinsic value, they had worth due to the people they were shared with. Adaptation was incredibly important. She said "I'll be sure to never put fish into distilled water." End of story. I laughed. "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few." is the first quote in the book. Some of my favorite memories are of a friend's room, she'd print out quotes and hang them on the wall. We always had something to talk about. It's not a coffee table book, but I keep it there. Tatianna Anne Jindra On YouTube BadFantasyRx https://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-little-zen-companion.html