• Title: Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice
  • Author: Kosho Uchiyama Jisho Warner Shohaku Okumura Thomas Wright
  • ISBN: 9780861713578
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Opening the Hand of Thought Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice This book offers with infused and wise humor an eminently practial presentation of meditation and with clarity shows how Zen Buddhism can be an ever unfolding path of inquiry
    This book offers with infused and wise humor, an eminently practial presentation of meditation, and with clarity shows how Zen Buddhism can be an ever unfolding path of inquiry.

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    1. Reading about Zen is alot like reading about food. There are those glossy coffetable books that show off the aesthetic of fresh food or the creativity of the author/photographer and there are solid books filled with recipies that make your mouth water. It`s theory and practice. There are a lot of Books on Zen and Buddhism that are like those glossy tomes, all theory and aesthetics but no practical information on how to actually achieve the results pictured there. Opening the hand of thought is a [...]

    2. Highly recommended, but don't feel bad if you skim the second half.The book's early chapters offer the most specific and practical guide to zazen that I have read in print -- the method, its goals, and what the meditator can reasonably expect to achieve. It clarifies the relationship between zazen and thought beautifully.After that, Uchiyama Roshi heads off into the weeds, offering chapter after chapter of opinions on modern life and religion, the state of Zen in Japan, on and on ad nauseum. Unc [...]

    3. The clearest thing I've read on zen practice and the dharma--maybe ever. Uchiyama is funny, human, and totally simple in his explanations of terms and practices that can often seem exotic or esoteric when taken up by other writers. He actually provides a hilarious diagram of "The Mind of Zazen" that clarifies things for me immensely--this is after four years of practicing zazen! It's so simple and so clear that I'm inclined to give my parents a copy and say, "This is what I'm doing, or at least [...]

    4. This is an elegant guide to Zazen that does not pander to current fads but cuts to the vital heart of the practice of "wholeheartedly sitting in the middle of your life" xiiiPlease refer to my daily updates for some wonderful quotes.I was also glad to have articulated my vague unease with the goal oriented approach to meditation that western medicine has pounced upon and many doctors now promote. Mindfullness and meditation may very well be viable solutions to life's woes, but KU clearly differe [...]

    5. This is a delightfully frank, clear study of Zen practice. I understand it is widely considered one of the best books on Zen, specifically zazen, which is why I turned to it in the middle of a brief course I am taking at the Chapel Hill Zen Center in North Carolina.Kasho Uchiyama was somewhat unique in that he began his studies focused on Western philosophy and Christianity before deciding to become a Zen priest and eventually serving as the abbott of a Zen temple near Kyoto. As a consequence, h [...]

    6. I read this book in a busy time of exams and final papers. Uchiyama brings passion and sincerity in the practice of Zazen. A unique teacher who is really accessible and yet point to a sincere practice that takes vow of commitment from those who sit zazen. A great advocate of Shikantaza, a just sitting approach to Zazen.To my surprise, he quoted a lot of Christian Scriptures. He studied Western Philosophy and Christian Theology before becoming a Buddhist Zen monk.

    7. Uchiyama Roshi was a Soto Zen iconoclast, and these teachings for modern practitioners are direct and no-bullshit. This book contains down-to-earth discussions about and instructions for zazen, Zen meditation. Thoroughly contemporary and rock solid.

    8. Trích dẫn từ sách:- Chúng ta thường không nhận ra những khoảnh khắc hiện tiền như là cảnh trí mở phơi bên trong tự thân đại đồng. Thay vào đó, chúng ta phân tích cái bây giờ. Chúng ta tự đặt mình bên trong dòng chảy hư ảo của thời gian, từ quá khứ tới tương lai và trở nên bị trói buộc bởi những mối tương quan của chúng ta với kẻ khác, bị trói buộc bởi sức mạnh của những thói que [...]

    9. This is my first recommendation for a book on zen meditation, it's very practical and direct, but also deep and useful.

    10. A no-nonsense introduction to zazen practice and everything it embodies and produces. Personally i still have my doubts about the method, especially the sesshins, since there is a considerable risk of dissociation and other pathologies, for which there is little support in zen circles, to my knowing.My biggest critique and the reason i did not give 5 stars is the lack of teaching on how to integrate zazen into daily life, especially for people who have to work hard and support children, etc. I'm [...]

    11. The Shurangama Sutra tells us that the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon; or in plainer language, the Diamond Sutra says that "the dharma cannot be spoken". And yet, it was recently pointed out to me the irony in the sheer volume of words that have been written about something that cannot be described. And I've read a lot of them (as evidenced by my Buddhism bookshelf), too many probably. But Uchiyama's book was a recommendation from my teacher, and is indeed different than most. He do [...]

    12. Another one that's worth putting near the top of my list. Like Everyday Zen, this is one of those no-nonsense, no-gimmicks books that gives you feeling of being very much the real thing. The thing I found most helpful here was Uchiyama's explanation of how to do zazen, particularly his ZZ' line. The man's parting words were quite helpful to me too. Finally, I always appreciate it when people point out all the places where you can get the wrong idea about Zen (e.g. you shouldn't think of it as a [...]

    13. Opening the hand if thought is an important book on the foundation of Zen Buddhism  This is no light weight book on meditation but the real deal. The book breaks down the true essence of the method of practicing zazen in the correct form. The book gives a good translation and meaning of various text for us westerners. I found it heavy going midway through, with some parts I had a hard time understanding. This is a book that I will appreciate more as I gain more understanding and sit.

    14. If I had to pick one book to recommend as an introduction to Zen meditation, this would be it. Uchiyama's writing is bright and concise, and he does a fine job giving instruction in the nuts and bolts of Zen meditation. But I wouldn't describe this book as only suitable for novices; there is so much here for the experienced Zen student as well.

    15. This was recommended to me by a zen-savvy friend as a good resource for getting started with meditation. That portion of the book is very good, and I have found it helpful. There is much more to be found here though, and while interesting and well handled, it's very deep and heady stuff. This is not a book you will fully digest in one sitting. I expect to revisit it over time.

    16. Fantastic book. A lucid explanation of Zen Buddhist practice, or Zazen. I gained a number of refreshing and encouraging insights in the process of reading it. It has been thoroughly underlined and will be a go-to in the future.I will be able to write more the next time I read through it.

    17. This was my MIB -- Most Important Book of the year. Uchiyama Roshi is wise and humble, and has a delightful mastery of use of metaphor to illuminate the difficult and profound zen teachings of Dogen for the modern reader.

    18. Closest similarity to my own belief/practice than any other I've read. Probably a bit "dense" for those who are not already familiar with the basics of Buddhism or are not philosophically inclined.

    19. So far so good half way through and remains mostly understandable! There are a few convoluted places but none too daunting!

    20. Uchiyama gets to the point, straight to the point. He presents the teachings and practice in a way the western mind can grasp. A must read!

    21. Life changing I highlight every 3rd sentence. That's a sign that a book is full of wisdom. Essential reading for anyone interested in meditation.

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