A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Little known fact: Buddhist Monks are amazing at cleaning and tidying. In this one-of-a-kind guide to cleaning your home, Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto reveals how to make your home as spotless as it is tranquil and peaceful.

For Buddhist monks, cleaning well is a cardinal skill, and in A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind, listeners will discover their never-before-shared cleaning pro tips. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, true enlightenment is impossible if your home has even a speck of dust, and as such, Buddhist monks have much to teach us lay people about achieving a truly Zen clean.

A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind features step-by-step instructions on such essential household cleansing tips as:

  • First, air it out: Before cleaning anything, monks first open the temple windows to purify the air and let the crisp morning breeze in.
  • Don't procrastinate: "Zengosaidan" is a Zen expression meaning that one should put all their efforts into each day, so they have no regrets. In the context of cleaning, this means don't put off cleaning those dishes you've left in the sink.
  • Remember to put on your samue: Samue robes are worn by Japanese monks when they perform their daily duties of cleaning and looking after the temple. Easy to move in and to wash and care for, they are the perfect cleaning attire.

From cleaning up everything from your kitchen sink, toilet, and that pile of unidentified stuff in the corner of your garage to your mind, body, and spirit, this book will guide you in creating a home environment that will calm your thoughts and nourish your soul.

©2018 Shoukei Matsumoto (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Changed the way I clean

I am naturally a messy person. This book was helpful in my journey to being a clean and organized person. It explains everything, even how to go to the bathroom. The concept of it is a way of living and we could all use a lesson or two from a Buddhist monk. I learned sweeping my floor is for my sanity, not a task I have to complete on my long to do list. Good book to listen to while cleaning.

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From a hoarder perspective

I really like receiving insight from the monks perspective of cleanliness regarding to connection of mind! I enjoyed listening while cleaning and it felt great and enjoyable like a renewing of spirit! Thx

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Preachy

I know it's religious based, so maybe I should have been prepared for this, but the preachy tone in this book didn't resonate with me. I stopped listening when he said that if you don't feel ashamed of having a stain on your clothes and self conscious about it all day, it's because of a stain on your soul. Not what I was looking for. He also advocates for buying things like special clothes to help you you clean and having new clothes for each season, which again is fine for some, but not what works for me

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could not finish

narrator was not the best for this one but I liked the content...just could not finish

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A special precious gen

Full of gems that will change my life. Simple and yet outstanding. A true treasure of knowledge that once heard brings wisdom to apply daily.