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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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Great- If you live in a temple

I expected that this book would be full of deeper meanings and spiritual lessons in regards to cleaning, but it really is a surprisingly superficial how-to cleaning guide. If you live in a monastery or have never cleaned a house before this is the perfect book for you.
Stay-at-home-parents cleaning house all day every day and looking for deeper meaning...? I'd pass on this one.

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I love this little book so much.

I listen to it while I clean and I really enjoy the content. I noticed that another review said something to the effect of, this is a cleaning book, not a book on spirituality. I respectfully disagree. It is very spiritual. I appreciate the wisdom and plan to listen to it often. It is also a well written book, fast, easy to listen to, and understand.

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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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Should be titled how to clean a toilet

It might be worth buying for the first part of the book, it starts off great. But it degenerates into trivia of how to clean your house with unhelpful hints and nothing to do with cleaning your mind. I already know how to clean a toilet and how to wash my hands. What was he thinking?

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Loved it!

I got so motivated to clean while listening. Great advice and refreshed my memory of what I know already. Highly recommend, I’m sure I will listen to it again.

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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.

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Glossary on pdf would have been helpful...

Still listening to it, so my rating is just temporary... But by now I already miss not having a glossary of all those Japanese terms... it should have had an accompanying pdf however brief.

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Just okay

I was a little disappointed with this one. it's way overpaid for what you get. I felt that some of the information was a bit vague and brief. The reader did an okay job, but his voice reminded me of a car salesman; it's hearty and a bit overly friendly.