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Ambivalent ZenOne Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Seeking help with his basketball game Shainberg embraced Zen Buddhism in 1951 and was catapulted on a life long sp. 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 his experience with the r shi Kyudo Nakagawa who led the Soho Zen Buddhist Society in Manhattan He covers a lot of other ground as well family relationships the business of Zen history of Buddhism We see him balancing his frustrations and ambitions and these colliding too which Shainberg describes for us with a masterful mix of wit and wisdom A great book to read again

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Iritual journey Alternately comic and reverential Ambivalent Zen chronicles the rewards and dangers of spiritual a. 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 are inseparable and always bothered by trying to be inseparable Many Dharma memoirs fall into the pit of overemphasizing the folly of the author this one doesn tI loved the portrait of his parents and was relieved when LS found a decent Zen master Gloom Town like a road sign at all zendoors I can t share his uinze dias love of Beckett but that is beside the point Shainberg Cheating for the Chicken Man lets us see and feel how his meditative accomplishment and his humannness are inseparable and always bothered by trying to be inseparable Many Dharma memoirs fall into the pit of overemphasizing the folly of the author this one doesn tI The Last Runaway loved the portrait of his parents and was relieved when LS found a decent Zen master

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Mbition 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 re

  2. says:

    After sesshin this year I felt an urge to read books about Zen usually I want to read anything but not dharma books but memoirs of Zen experience First I turned to a book that only a sideways look at Zen by a man who practiced reluctantly Bones of the Master A Journey to Secret Mongolia by George Crane Then I reread for the third

  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 exper

  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 accomp

  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 teachers and authority figures and people's willingness to surrender to authority figures even when the

  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 captured the relentless struggle and courage of maintaining a Zen practice If you think such a pra

  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 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 practic

  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 the early 50s and over the course of the next four decades the book end

  10. says:

    I'm newly exploring Zen this book made me a little worriednot enough to stop exploringbut mostly left me feeling a huge distaste for the author I feel like the book ended abruptly I'm sure there's something very Zen about the way he wrote the book and meant to make it unsettling but I was just left cold

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