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N a life long spiritual journey Alternately comic and reverential Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spi. Simply outstanding I found myself drawn into the story as if it was a novel and identified with the author s ambivalence around teachers and authority figures and people s willingness to surrender to authority figures even when their behavior doesn t seem to justify it I found his time with Bernie Glassman fascinating and and at the same time disappointing and was left with the nagging feeling that his real teacher was right under his nose all along Perhaps there is something about the desire to build large communities that is essentially corrupting regardless of the spiritual tradition

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Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Seeking help with his basketball game Shainberg embraced Man's Adventures Kindle #216 Zen Buddhism in and was catapulted o. An excellent entertaining and dare I say enlightening memoir by Lawrence Shainberg that I ve been meaning to read since it came out in 1995 Took me so long to get around to it because Zen and its philosophy its contradictions like perfect imperfection maybe but not maybe maybe stuff like that twist up my mind and confound way worse than this sentence likely does for you Had I read the book when it came out I would ve long ago realized I m not alone Though while I ve barely scratched the surface of Zen Shainberg went in deep and in Ambivalent Zen recounts his spiritual pursuits over decades his endless effort to sit zazen correctly with the perfect posture and

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Ritual ambition and presents a poignant reflection of the experiences faced by many Americans involved in the Zen movement. This is a spiritual autobiography by a cranky neurotic Zen student He starts with descriptions of his father another spiritual seeker who was reading Krishnamurti and Buddhist books and going to an analyst in the late 40s Encouraged he pursues his own spirituality through Zen martial arts monastic and lay Buddhist practices I found his descriptions of Bernie Glassman s Zen organization in New York in the 60s interesting it sounds like Glassman fell into the same megalomania that Richard Baker did at the San Francisco Zen Center though I know he s doing of work with the homeless and peace projects now Anyway I liked this realistic look at the Zen path


10 thoughts on “Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

  1. says:

    An excellent entertaining and dare I say enlightening memoir by Lawrence Shainberg that I've been meaning to read since it came out in 1995 Took me so long to get around to it because Zen and its philosophy—its contradictions like perfect imperfection maybe but not maybe maybe—stuff like that twist up my mind and con

  2. says:

    After sesshin this year I felt an urge to read books about Zen usually I want to read anything but not dharma b

  3. says:

    This was such a fun and fascinating book I was ambivalent about Zen myself but I committed myself to it for six months and decided it's not for me so I thought this would be a good memoir to help me make sense of my experience Indeed there were many concerns I had that were confirmed from reading this bookZen is very strict even d

  4. says:

    An honest even bracing and humorous memoir that endears Larry S to me and also even helped my meditation on the cushion Watch out for your mind should be posted like a road sign at all zendoors I can't share his love of Beckett but that is beside the point Shainberg lets us see and feel how his meditative accomplishment and his humannness

  5. says:

    Simply outstanding I found myself drawn into the story as if it was a novel and identified with the author's ambivalence around teac

  6. says:

    Very honest warts and all memoir of one man's struggles with his Zen practice

  7. says:

    Shainberg has a strange and deft touch in this memoir of his life through a succession of teachersNo one that I've read has

  8. says:

    This is a spiritual autobiography by a cranky neurotic Zen student He starts with descriptions of his father another spiritual seeker who was re

  9. says:

    This takes a different approach from most Zen books it's much of a memoir of the author's life in which Zen practice plays a huge part than a discussion of the usual Zen issues Which is totally refreshing Shainberg got involved with Zen in t

  10. says:

    I'm newly exploring Zen this book made me a little worriednot enough to stop exploringbut mostly left me feeling a huge d