Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery

Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery


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Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery by Jack Maguire

An essential guide to what it's like to spend a week inside a Zen Buddhist monastery.

The notion of spending days at a time in silence and meditation amid the serene beauty of a Zen monastery may be appealing—but how do you do it, and what can you really expect from the experience?

Waking Up provides the answers for everyone who's just curious, as well as for all those who have dreamed of actually giving it a try and now want to know where to begin.

Jack Maguire take us inside the monastery walls to present details of what it's like: the physical work, common meals, conversations with the monks and other residents, meditation, and other activities that fill an ordinary week. We learn:

  • What kind of person resides in a Zen monastery?
  • Why do people stay there/ And for how long?
  • Must you be a Buddhist to spend time there?
  • What do the people there do? What is a typical day like?
  • How does the experience affect people's spiritual life once they're back home?
  • How can I try it out?

A detailed "Guide to Zen and Buddhist Places" and a glossary of terms make Waking Up not only a handbook for the curious seeker, but an excellent resource for anyone wanting to know more about the Buddhist way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893361133
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Series: Week inside Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 981,046
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jack Maguire is a Zen student and author of more than twenty books. He lives in the town of Highland in New York's Hudson River Valley. His books include Essential Buddhism (Simon & Schuster) and Dhammapada: Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Paths).

John Daido Loori, Roshi, is abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery and author of numerous books, including Two Arrows Meeting in Mid-Air and Making Love with Light.

Table of Contents

1Coming Home to a Zen Place7
2Who Goes There?35
3Gates and Barriers on the Training Path57
4The Weekly Schedule: Being in the Moment91
5Teachers and Teachings129
6Beginning Your Own Journey149
Appendix AA Directory of Zen Places159
Appendix BRecommended Reading171
Appendix CChants and Precepts173
About SkyLight Paths193

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