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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • 禅、シンプル生活のすすめ
  • Shunmyō Masuno
  • English
  • 26 December 2016
  • 9780241371831

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禅、シンプル生活のすすめSimple one pages chapters with surprising insight Sure there’s a lot of basic stuff but uite a few nuggets in there as well Worth the uick read and even a reread Zen is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life In clear practical and easy to follow lessons one a day for 100 days renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to show you how to apply the essence of Zen to modern lifeYou will learn how to exhale deeply to eliminate negative emotions to arrange your house simply to clear your thinking to line up your shoes at night to bring order to your mind to plant a single flower and watch it grow to worry less about what you cannot control and so much You will even make time to think about nothing at allSimplify your life with the art of Zen and learn how to feel relaxed fulfilled and with a renewed sense of peace This book consist of short chapters filled with insight It takes time to read because you need to stop and think after reading a chapter Short and inspiring Written by Shunmyo Masuno a Zen Buddhist monk based in Yokohama also renowned as a designer of Zen gardens Each chapter is one short page that gives mostly practical advice about applying Buddhist principles to everyday life It's a translation from a Japanese original and is a window into Japanese culture as well as Zen thinking Some of the chapters are very straightforward and easy to relate to Others are enigmatic or even contradictory which adds some spice to the mix I would sayI can think of some ways to improve this book particularly the illustrations and presentation I understand there is an attempt to keep the design sparse with a simple line drawing by Harriet Lee Merrion at the start of each chapter These are OK but I would do I would at least have the Japanese kanji for each chapter name As a beginning student of Japanese I would enjoy seeing the kanji for things like savor the morning air feel instead of think etc If the author is going to explicitly reference Japanese kanji characters I would actually show those characters For example in chapter 73 he talks about the concept of ishiki or mental consciousness and mentions a contrast between the first character i and the second character shiki But I missed actually seeing those characters This happens in a couple of other placesSimilarly in chapter 8 he mentions the indescribable intensity in the calligraphy of the Zen monk Ikkyu I suppose a Japanese reader knows what this calligraphy looks like but a Western reader could really use an illustration On the whole I think much of the interest and beauty in this book comes not only from the Zen principles but from the way these principles are woven and integrated into the beautiful and ancient culture of Japan I could imagine it being fleshed out into a much larger graphically appealing formatAs is it's an interesting and inspiring little book which I enjoyed reading in a single evening Be Kind and Un wind Shunmyō Masuno's terse and straight to the point book is densely packed with beginner level lessons or like power points on the simple living of a Zen lifestyle I found some talking points as real solutions to life's stressful problems while others seemed far too much into the Monk lifestyle walking barefoot in the snow lining your shoes holding hands together to prevent angry inclinations etc for my liking as a non monk I would say there is enough here to chew on for the average reader but be wary of expectations This was the best time ever to read this book I would listed to it on audio every time my mind got wrapped up with worry and anxiety which lately has been often Here are a few points that I took away but honestly I could probably listen to this book on repeat for the next several weeks as a form of therapy You decide that you want to do something pursue it as if your life depends on it Live how you want to die Just delicious bite size pieces of Japanese wisdom Loved it Let me pick some nits first1 A lot of the prescriptions in this book are repetitive and are found again and again in several places The one about clearing or emptying your mind for instance The 100 in the 100 ways then is as Carlin would put it a purely marketing decision2 I find something easier to learn or remember if it fits neatly in a framework that follows the MECE principle And well yes that was missing Everything was all over the place and the apportioning of the content into the different parts did not make any logical sense to meAfter all this book is about Zen It is hard to teach something so abstract There is obviously no clear formula or a magic principle or a set of them The book does list a lot of good things that are in my opinion worth practising everyday and things we have forgotten or take for granted Like meditation or appreciation for nature or keeping your calm in a tough situation Yes this does sound like commonsense wisdom but how many of us actually practice these things? The path to a good and peaceful life is well lit but we are blind I felt a little bit betrayed by this book I felt like some of the lessons were differently worded versions of previous lessons earlier in the bookBut nonetheless I did note down the following as most important these one spoke straight to my heart don't leave what you can do today for tomorrow don't think of unpleasant things before you go to bed don't be troubled by things that have not yet happened take pleasure in your work cast away greed anger and ignorance the three poisons I would probably list through this book again but reading it in one sitting was not satisfying I am not a Buddhist I am not becoming a Buddhist however this book has some simple life practices that are just good to be reminded of Also it puts some things in a perspective that I might not of thought of Overall good little read I would have been done with this sooner had I not had to return it to the library and wait to check it out again 🙂 It’s not a book that you read in order to finish but one from which you enjoy small parts every day You might find out that you are already following some of the concepts in your everyday life without knowing they are part of the Zen way of thinking A nice and easy reading