Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu SuzukiNot Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki

Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

byShunryu Suzuki, Edward Espe Brown, Zen Center San Francisco

Paperback | June 2, 2009

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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 off–centre 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 way–seeking 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.

The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki was an unassuming, much-beloved spiritual teacher. Born the son of a Zen master in 1904, Suzuki began Zen training as a youngster and matured over many years of practice in Japan. After continuing to devote himself to his priestly life throughout the Second World War (when priests often turned to other occ...
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Title:Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of ZenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“Indeed something very special . . . [Brown] has edited transcriptions of Suzuki’s talks that both read well on the page and capture the style, humor and solid grasp evident in [Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind]. This will prove highly valuable to anyone, rank novice or Zen master.”