# 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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Zen Training

This first half did allude to encountering “pure existence” when one is mature in their practice of meditation, but that read like new-age spirituality and it didn’t make sense.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. While I now have had a couple of teachers, the approach to zazen that I learned from Sekida has served me well on this path. Description Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazen, seated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. Katsuuki addition, Zen Training goes beyond the first flashes of enlightenment to explore how one lives as well as trains in Zen.

Too many schools get attached to the forms and traditions, or to the teachers ideas of what constitutes skida Zen practice.

Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy

I raise this to point out, katsumi “new age trash” is to you, as Sekida is to other Zen schools. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.


Looking for beautiful books? It’s one of the few that tells you specifically what to expect and what to do in ‘zazen’ sekjda sitting meditation, which is where it all begins.

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Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazenseated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. A great read for anyone seriously interested in Zen – be warned, it does tend to be a bit dry at times, katsukj the author added enough examples to aid in the reader relating to the topic to keep me interested and turning the pages. No trivia or quizzes yet. An excellent Zen meditation handbook for western practicioners! Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice.

You’re always bound to find something new. At the same time, I can’t help but believe that some of the kztsuki Zen is ‘westernized’ take it seklda from fundamentals of practice.

Its probably the best way to understand Zen. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Ultimately, however, it is the concentrated and serious spirit of the book that most tellingly establishes its value to those interested in Zen. To ask other readers questions about Zen Trainingplease sign up. The book is truly a classic. Jul 10, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 29, Michael Sypes rated it really liked it Shelves: About Katsuki Sekida Katsuki Sekida was by profession a high school teacher of English until his retirement in It’s one of the few books I’ve come across that deals with the nitty gritty of zazen, or sitting meditation.


Quotes from Zen Training: The strengths in the book are: This is the book that helped me to understand how the body breathes–it then informed my pilates and yoga practice. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Zen Throw Down: ‘Zen Training’ by Katsuki Sekida

Lots of information, though, so I need to read it many more times before it sinks in. It’s a relief to logical thinkers like myself to see how it can work together. Zen, nevertheless, was his lifelong preoccupation.

May 15, Marian rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. Set up a giveaway.

Paperbackpages. If you can get past the irony of learning about ineffable Zen teachings from a book, this is a very good Zen book indeed.

The author also draws many significant parallels between Zen and Western philosophy and psychology, comparing traditional Zen concepts with the theories of being and cognition of such thinkers as Heidegger and Husserl. I’ll probably wind up teaching zen myself someday, and this is the book that I will be giving katzuki my students. Jun 18, Audrey Custer marked it as to-read Shelves: