# Sekida, Katsuki, ^,t«„„«v.^. Zen training: methods and philosophy . / Katsuki Sekida ; edited, with an introduction, by A. V. brimstone. —. 1st ed. Katsuki Sekida (—) was a Japanese lay Soto Zen teacher who studied and practiced Zen in Japan for sixty years. He began Zen. Katsuki Sekida (—) began his Zen practice in and trained at the Empuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto and the Ryutaku-ji Monastery in Mishima, Japan.
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Feb 29, Gabriel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A great read for anyone seriously interested in Zen – be warned, it does tend to be a bit dry at times, but the seiida added enough examples to aid in the reader relating to the topic to keep me interested and turning the pages.
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Enlightenment is a rare event even for Zen monks and anu serious practitioner of Zen should focus on attaining Samadhi first then move beyond afterwards. I mean to return to this book later on and read some chapters in more detail. Perhaps having an open mind of all spiritual paths is more prudent This is the book that helped me to understand how the body breathes–it then informed my pilates and yoga practice.
While I now have had a couple of teachers, the approach to zazen that I learned from Sekida has served me well on this path. A fascinating text, but it is highly technical and so makes for pretty dry reading in some chapters. That said, it does offer a very insightful analysis on the methodology of Zen training from an obvious expert.
The book marked a turning point in Zen literature in its critical reevaluation of the enlightenment experience, which the author believes has often been emphasized at the expense of other important aspects of Zen training. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
Trivia About Zen Training: I’ve been practicing for several years now and this book has been a great aid in improving my zazen.
A very interesting read. You’re always bound to find something new.
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His explanations are semi-scientific and not fit for a medical journal but very intuitive ,atsuki been verified scientifically and if you doubt that review current medical litrature on meditation on a search engine as Pubmed although it will be difficult for non-specialized to understand another good source to verify is Zen and the brain The author provides a straight to the point explanation of Zazen as a technique leading to Samadi.
Emptying the mind is important katshki of Zen but it is not the ultimate goal.
Review “Written by a lay teacher with 60 years of experience in zazan, this book provides everyone from absolute beginner to experienced student with detailed, progressive information and discussion on breathing, posture, distraction, actions of mind, physiology, mood, laughter, kensho, and samadhi. Other than the fact that it’s like trying to read a book to learn to drive a car, this book is fantastic. Trungpa Tulku Chogyam Trungpa.
This book reinforced for me the fact that my daily seemingly lifelong patten ssekida consciousness can be altered and improved by reducing egocentric thoughts and increasing direct perception pure consciousness of the world and people around me.
This includes an explanation of the different kinds of samadhi, satori, thought processes and how to control them, sitting posture, breathing method, and much more — all in incredible detail. Jul 28, Evan Backer rated it really liked it.
Quotes from Zen Training: Easily readable, demystifies the practice of meditation. I’m probably never going to finish this book, because I’m probably not going to progress to a point in Zen kqtsuki where I’d need to read further chapters. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I have read many Zen books with lot’s of beautiful words and philosophy which I couldn’t find useful. It is truly objective as well, so much information, and so much possibility to learn from this book.
Ultimately, however, it is the concentrated and serious spirit of the book that most tellingly establishes its value to those interested in Zen.
Be warned — this is not a beach read. I’m not much of a fan of dogmatic ritual in Zen either; it seems counterproductive in the extreme. I really enjoyed this book’s earlier chapters with detailed instructions on Zazen. Now the authors first language was Japanese, and Ebglish was his second or third language so he wekida the wrong form for words now and then.
But its whatever works for you. About Zen Training Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazenseated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path.