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Not Always So : Practicing the True Spirit of Zen



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Great cheap book  February 14, 2011

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Practising the true spirit of Zen. Not Always So is based on Shunryu Suzuki's lectures and is framed in his own inimitable, allusive, paradoxical style, rich with unexpected and offcentre insights. Suzuki knew he was dying at the time of the lectures, which gives his thoughts an urgency and focus even sharper than in the earlier book. In Not Always So Suzuki once again voices Zen in everyday language with the vigour, sensitivity, and buoyancy of a true friend. Here is support and nourishment. Here is a mother and father lending a hand, but letting you find your own way. Here is guidance which empowers your freedom (or wayseeking mind), rather than pinning you down to directions and techniques. Here is teaching which encourages you to touch and know your true heart and to express yourself fully, teaching which is not teaching from outside, but a voice arising in your own being.

Table of Contents

Calmness of Mindp. 5
Express Yourself Fullyp. 8
Freedom from Everythingp. 12
Jumping off the 100-Foot Polep. 16
Changing Our Karmap. 21
Enjoy Your Lifep. 25
Walk like an Elephantp. 29
Letters from Emptinessp. 35
Brown Rice is just Rightp. 40
The Zen of Going to the Rest Roomp. 42
Caring for the Soilp. 47
Everyday Life is like a Moviep. 49
Resuming Big Mindp. 53
Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mindp. 58
Supported from Withinp. 65
Open Your Intuitionp. 69
Find Out for Yourselfp. 72
Be Kind with Yourselfp. 77
Respect for Thingsp. 81
Observing the Preceptsp. 85
Pure Silk, Sharp Ironp. 89
Not Always Sop. 95
Direct Experience of Realityp. 99
True Concentrationp. 103
Wherever I Go, I Meet Myselfp. 107
The Boss of Everythingp. 111
Sincere Practicep. 115
One with Everythingp. 120
Wherever You Are, Enlightenment is Therep. 127
Not Sticking to Enlightenmentp. 131
The Teaching Just for Youp. 134
Stand Up by the Groundp. 139
Just Enough Problemsp. 143
Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddhap. 146
Sitting like a Frogp. 151
Notes about Editing the Lecturesp. 155
Further Readingp. 159
Acknowledgmentsp. 161
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