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Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen (2002)

by Shunryu Suzuki

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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.… (more)
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Lost in translation. ( )
  nfulks32 | Jul 17, 2020 |
This collection of dharma talks was deep and interesting reading. I read one talk nightly while on a seven day meditation retreat. When you cannot get a talk from your own teacher, it can be good to listen to the wisdom of others. ( )
1 vote AzureMountain | Sep 22, 2009 |
Suzuki is the patron "saint" of American Buddhism, and rightly so. This is a collection of his talks at various retreats and sesshins. There is nothing new here, but you get to hear it in different forms. This is not as polished a book as [Zen Mind Beginner's Mind], and I found some parts were not as well thought out as others, as if he were speaking off the cuff and it accidently got recorded. Perhaps it could have used better editing. ( )
1 vote Arctic-Stranger | Jan 4, 2008 |
I bet a fly couldn't land on his head without slipping off ~ zooooo ! ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
I bet a fly couldn't land on his head without slipping off ~ zooooo ! ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
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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.

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« Votre culture est basée sur l’idée de progrès personnel. (…) Vous essayez toujours d’améliorer quelque chose. Peut-être la plupart d’entre vous s’assoient-ils pour améliorer leur zazen, mais les bouddhistes ne font pas grand cas de l’idée de progrès. En pratiquant zazen dans le but de vous améliorer, vous tentez peut-être de vous connaître d’un point de vue plutôt psychologique. (…) Dans le zen, nous comprenons le moi d’une manière bien différente ».
Avec la simplicité, l’humour et le bon sens qui ont fait le succès de Esprit zen, esprit neuf, les causeries réunies dans cet ouvrage invitent à saisir, au-delà des mots, le véritable esprit de la pratique zen. Aussi éclairantes pour les novices que pour les maîtres, elles ne sont jamais dogmatiques mais toujours incitatives: pédagogue exceptionnel, Suzuki s’attarde sur l’expérience, dédramatise les obstacles, sans jamais réduire la pratique à une technique. À travers une approche intime de la méditation, étendue à la vie entière, il nous appelle avec tendresse et fermeté à trouver notre voie. Sage et inspirant, ce livre est un guide formidable our qui cherche la plénitude spirituelle.
Traduit de l’anglais (Etats-Unis) par Daniel RochePréface d’Eric Rommeluère
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