©1970 Shunryu Suzuki; (P)2006 Phoenix Audio
"It is almost as if the words were originating from within....Beautiful in its utter simplicity." (Vajradhatu Sun)
any interest in eastern thought at all, will suffice to allow this treasure to unveil a serenity you have not experienced or imagined, but yet seems like a old long forgotten friend.
If you like Zen, this is a must. Chapters like "Beginner's mind" can give you something for a lifetime. Peter Coyote's reading is masterful.
My audio copy is tattered from multiple listens, and I'm eager to buy this in paper form. It's truly profound in its simplicity, and a real pleasure to hear. Coyote's reading is very good, but the recording quality is spotty: some sections are loud and clear, while some are muddy, an effect that at first had me examining my speaker connections for a fault.
I have listened to this 3 times now... there is so much wisdom in this book. If you listen to this and don't learn something about the world and yourself you won't learn anything anywhere else either.
I have read many books on Zen and still a beginner in understanding what Zen is pointing to; however, in listening to this book I saw the footprints of the Ox.
The author delivers the message succinctly and purely. I am on my second listening of the book, but it seems that I will be listening to this book many more times.
Really interesting. It is a recording I have had on my IPOD for awhile and listened to it a few times. Gets to the heart of Zen.
This book has been in my life for years. With each read, it awakens something new. It is the perfect gift for thoughtful friends and family members. Listening to the text was an added treat.
This book was excellent. I loved the content. I will listen to it several more times and as I hold the paper copy, likely read it as well. The reader, however, did not do such a great job. I found his voice uneven and speaking too dramatically as if he were trying to be "mysteriously zen." The recording, also, was not of the highest quality. Would I buy the book again, yes. I think, however, that a better recording could be made.
This book does what a religious and philosophical book should, provoke thought.
I've never listened to Peter Coyote before, but I like the calmness in his voice and thought it matched the subject matter very well. I cannot speak to how well he pronounced some of the names since I am not familiar with the author's language or religion.
Enjoyed the book and will read it again.
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