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Finding the Still Point: A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation

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Through Zen meditation it is possible to find stillness of mind, even amidst our everyday activities—and this practical book-and-CD set reveals how. John Daido Loori, one of America's leading Zen teachers, offers everything needed to begin a meditation practice. He covers the basics of where to sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair), how to posture the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to discover the freedom of a peaceful mind.

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Overview

Through Zen meditation it is possible to find stillness of mind, even amidst our everyday activities—and this practical book-and-CD set reveals how. John Daido Loori, one of America's leading Zen teachers, offers everything needed to begin a meditation practice. He covers the basics of where to sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair), how to posture the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to discover the freedom of a peaceful mind.

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"Loori, the revered and celebrated founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, distills experience and wisdom into a resolute and economical guide for beginners. This book-and-CD package promises to be a graceful gem in the legendary cosmic Diamond net."—Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline

"A famed teacher of Zen—you'll know him from works like The Healing Power of Sound and Zen of Creativity—gives instructions on how to meditate, covering basics like where and how to sit. With a 70-minute CD."—Library Journal 

Publishers Weekly

Loori, the revered and celebrated founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, has authored numerous books on Zen Buddhist practice (The Eight Gates of Zen). In this ultraslim illustrated primer, Loori distills that experience and wisdom into a resolute and economical guide for beginners. It will likely become a classic. Part One addresses the Zen basics such as meditation positions, hara focus, breathing, walking meditation and home practice. This section is particularly friendly for beginners with its concise instructional essays, most under 1,000 words. Loori's deceptively simple prose, arising from decades of practice and teaching, hits its mark as an arrow hits center target: the means and results are evident, but the flight is elegantly invisible. Part Two, a dharma talk on "The Great Way," effectively imparts "a direct expression of the spirit of Zen by the teacher to his . . . students." Tools such as an appropriately short glossary and suggested reading list are complemented by a 70-minute CD (not heard by PW). The CD offers timed zazen sessions of 10 and 30 minutes, plus a brief talk by Loori on the benefits of meditation. This book-and-CD package promises to be a graceful gem in the legendary cosmic Diamond Net. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

A famed teacher of Zen-you'll know him from works like The Healing Power of Soundand Zen of Creativity-gives instructions on how to meditate, covering basics like where and how to sit. With a 70-minute CD.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590304792
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Dharma Communications
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 293,098
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 6.63 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

John Daido Loori (1931–2009) was one of the West's leading Zen masters. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori was an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography formed the core of a unique teaching program that integrated art and wilderness training by cultivating a deep appreciation of the relationship of Zen to our natural environment. He was a dharma heir of the influential Japanese Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and he authored many books.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    Perfect to get you started

    Over the years I have read many intro to meditation books. This short read is a fantastic guide to explain the basics (with a Zen approach) and keep the readers attention.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Finding the Still Point

    It was a ok book to read very short and concise and to the point but I thought that their would be a lot more substance to a hard bound book with this name attached to it. It does have a cd with it that I haven't listed to yet but plan to. It is a good first naritive to very beginners starting to learn Zen and or emptyness etc... I did enjoy the writers style the writer souynds like they did know what they were talking about which is a very good thing:)..

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