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  Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen -- By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen -- By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi


 
In Not Always So, Suzuki Roshi teaches Zen in everyday language, with humor and good-heartedness. While offering sustenance much like a mother or father lending a hand, Suzuki encourages you to find your own way. Rather than emphasize specific directions and techniques, his teaching encourages you to touch and know your true heart and to express yourself fully. Suzuki's words do not seem to come from outside, but awaken a voice arising from your own being.

Topics in this volume include living in each moment, being kind to yourself, and "wherever you are, enlightenment is there." Whether speaking about changing your karma or walking like an elephant ("Slowly, without any idea of hasty gain"), Suzuki's guidance empowers freedom rather than prescribes thought. This extraordinary new collection, chosen and edited by Edward Espe Brown, bestselling author and student of Suzuki's, allows Suzuki's presence to enter your life in the form of a wise, warmhearted friend.

162 pp. Paperback.

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Shunryu Suzuki Roshi came to the United States in 1959, leaving his temple in Yaizu, Japan, to serve as priest for the Japanese American congregation at Sokoji Temple in San Francisco.  In 1967 he and his students created the first Zen Buddhist monastery in America at Tassajara in the coastal mountains south of San Francisco.  Suzuki Roshi died in 1971 at age 67.