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The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism

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The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith
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Feb 22, 2000 | ISBN 9780609804667

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"This is the first book I am aware of that draws on the existing body of literature in English by modern Zen teachers to offer a solid reader’s guide to the ABCs of Zen. A practitioner herself, Jean Smith manages to write about Zen simply and succinctly — from the inside."        
— Norman Fischer, coabbot of San Francisco Zen Center

"This book is both a primer and an overview, offering the beginning student clear instructions for where, how, and with whom to practice, as well as, most importantly, why."
— Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

"Jean Smith covers the basics in this carefully crafted and knowledgeable introductory guide to Zen. Her long experience of practice illuminates this ‘finger pointing toward the moon.’"        
— Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center

"In a kind and friendly manner, Jean Smith graciously invites us to visit the world of Zen and make ourselves at home in our own being."
— Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest, author of Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings

Author Essay

It’s hard to believe but up until now there really hasn’t been a one-stop guide for buddding Zen Buddhists. Most of the books by prominent teachers assume a certain degree of familiarity with Buddhism, are about Buddhism in general, or are collections of dharma talks they have given to their serious students. Jean Smith’s book assumes nothing and since it is written by a student, it comes from a prospective student’s point of view, which is very comforting. Here at last is a nuts-and-bolts introduction to a subject of increasing interest in the world today. Try it.
–Toinette Lippe, editorial director of Bell Tower

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