Nothing Holy About It

The Zen of Being Just Who You Are
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

According to legend, when the founder of Zen Buddhism was asked about the main principle of his holy teaching, he replied that there was "nothing holy about it!" Now, a millennium and a half later, Tim Burkett reveals how and why the wisdom of nonholiness is the key to a joyful heart. You don't need to go looking for something sacred - the happiness you seek is right where you are.

In this book a concise summary of Zen teachings unfolds within the ordinary comedies and tragedies of everyday life, beginning with the delightful nonholiness Burkett experienced in the presence of his original teacher, Shunyru Suzuki.

©2015 Tim Burkett (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Nothing Holy About It

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    54
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful words

Taught me so much about zen practice and being comfortable just where you are. Loved it!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RJ
  • 11-18-16

Thank you

Thank you for writing this book. It's has had an impact on my understand and practice.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

"A" For Content, "C" for Performance

Considering the number of technical terms in Buddhism, wouldn't it behoove a professional narrator to brush up on their pronunciations? This was embarrassing to listen to. Fortunately, the author knew his stuff. That makes up for a lot.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for zenja
  • zenja
  • 01-29-16

thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I expect to listen again to this book. I had to ration myself so as to make it last longer I found it so engaging.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-18

Brilliant straightforward book on Zen.

Nice human story from the author. Works as a great introduction to Zen and accompaniment to Zen Mind Beginners Mind.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for john Hall
  • john Hall
  • 03-20-18

To share a life

Tim not only gives us in sight into the life and teaching of Suzuki but allows us to share his life with us. The narrative is beautiful the teaching concise and as a bonus the narration warm and engaging.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Carl Chivers
  • Carl Chivers
  • 03-01-17

Insightful

One of the better Zen books I've ever read/listened to. Well presented and written in my opinion.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-15-16

really enjoyed the book,

really enjoyed the book, really well narrated, will listen to it again, and looking forward to reading more about buďdhist and Zen :))

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cameron
  • Cameron
  • 01-11-17

Not bad but not great

The content is decent but the narrators voice can get monotonous and I found myself not taking anything in or finding other things to do instead of listen to the audiobook.