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# 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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The thing I really love about this book is that there is no navel-gazing here. Most Zen books authors get lost or too out iatsuki touch by their focus on esoteric concepts or enlightenment. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The book’s more scientific perspective is a refreshing break from the unrelatable “far-outness” Zen is so often packaged in and which has caused zen to become all but a superficial ornament on so many New Age book shelves.

I’ve been practicing for several years now and this book has been a great aid in improving my zazen.

Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy

The strengths in the book are: The book details specifics of how to sit, how to place your hands, what to do with your shoulders, how to breathe, and think in order to achieve samadhi. I actually like the book as well, but srkida interesting you condemn other works as “new age” and “hippyish” – considering Katsuki Sekida is actually referred to this by other Zen schools.


He katsjki tricky, which makes him a good teacher. Having said that, the idea of tying thoughts to a physical action breathing is appealing. Refresh and try again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy by Katsuki Sekida

Feb 29, Gabriel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Perhaps having an open mind of all spiritual paths is more prudent As those who already practice know, any time you set aside to simply breathe deeply and center yourself is incredibly valuable, and should never be regarded as the “right way” or the “wrong way”.

The book is truly a classic. A great book, but likely not a good first book on meditation and Zen. Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazenseated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. Admittedly, it is a bit technical in nature if you read it cover to cover, but if you allow the book to just be what it is and embrace those portions that are helpful to you, your time will be well spent.

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That said, it does offer a very insightful analysis on the methodology of Zen training from an obvious expert. May 02, Emily Lomaka rated it really liked it.


This book is about Zazen, which is essentially meditation rather than esoteric koans, which is usually associated with Zen. To ask other readers questions about Sekidda Trainingplease sign up.

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Personally, I close my eyes, and find it very effective in concentrating my breath, and forgetting the external world. Open Preview See a Problem? Lucid explanation of breathing effects 2. That is all I was looking for.

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Come on in with a tea or coffee. This reprint of Katsuki Sekida’s classic work provides an insightful understanding of the philosophy underlying the practice of Zen, especially the description of the actual mechanics of posture, breathing, and the necessary approach to concentrate the mind.

The theorising on the nature of cognition and consciousness is also very interesting to me and surprisingly some bits aren’t too far off from what I’ve read in recent books and papers on the topic. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism. The Three Pillars of Zen: