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Completely Unassuming Memoir By David Chadwick Is By Far The unassuming memoir by David Chadwick is by far the to my own experience After training for many years at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara by far the to my own
After training many years at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara moved to Japan for a few years to study in the traditional training He herein recounts his experiences with seemingly limitless reserves of alertness humor warmth and accuracy He masterfully conveys the heart of his practice along with its inevitable bewilderment and ives an evocative and entertaining portrait of the life of a Caught on Camera with the CEO gaijin wayseeker in Japan When Eihei Dogen said The life of practice is a continual mistake he surely didn t mean that with a wink like It s not REALLY a mistake The essence of Zen is falling short and by that metric this American Zen failure is a spectacular success Actually 35 stars It s a real flaw in this system that there is no half star option onoodreads in my opinionI enjoyed this book in a casual way It felt a little like reading a blog or two blogs spliced together than a memoir Mr Chadwick alternated between two periods of his life in Japan with little vignettes about either his time at a Zen monastery or his time teaching English and living with his wife He has a entle way of writing and manages to be respectful of Japanese culture while still finding aspects of it absurd I am not sure what I expected from this book after I read the back cover and decided to read it Maybe a travelogue maybe an exploration of Zen Buddhism and how it s practiced in Japan It wasn t particularly a travelogue and it was sort of an exploration of Zen Buddhism in Japan Rather it was a David Chadwick a Texas raised wanderer college dropout bumbling social activist and hobbyhorse musician began his study under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966 In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four year period of voluntary exile and remedial Zen.experience after training
David Chadwick Í 9 DownloadAt I don t understand Interesting memoir of the author s time in Japan I wasn t particularly interested in the zen specific aspects but much of the story is concerned with his own life as well as the folks and situations he encounters in Japan Recommended although his jumping back and forth between his pre and post marital periods was a bit disconcertingThe influence of his teacher Katagiri Roshi plays a significant role in the narrative I d encountered Roshi as she refers to him Chadwick calls Roshi plays a significant role in the narrative I d encountered Roshi as she refers to him Chadwick calls Katagiri in the autobiographical novels by Natalie Goldberg her latest one The Great Failure specifically deals with her feelings about him after his death I would have iven this book 4 stars if not for the length it just really slumps in the middle and I took a break from it However I do feel that this is an
book for interested in Zen and Japan because it Arabian Nights gives a very honest down to earth account of the experience Often times the west isiven a certain view of the east one that only shows the Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place good and in fact romanticizes the east in some cases Mr Chadwick isreat at illustrating the mundane in what is oftenimportant book for
shown as fantastical and without fault Chadwick is entertaining at times but I would ve liked to have ottenas fantastical and without fault Chadwick is entertaining at times but I would ve liked to have otten lot backstory on his entry into the Zen world in the us prior to departing to Japan as well as his mindset in making the decision to make the leap He sort of Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, glosses over these areas in broad strokes A look at Japanese culture particularly Zen from an American Highlights the differences and friction points as well as compromises via scenes from his daily life in and out of the monastery. Ects the bewildered bureaucrats and the frustrating English language students as they worked inexorably toward initiating him into the mysterious ways of Japan Whether you're interested in Japan Buddhism or exotic travel writing this book isreat fu. Eeply personal series of vignettes that highlighted the author s four year stay in Japan part of that time in a Zen monastery The author s tone is simple and very neutral and took me uite a while to sink into It helped when I remembered that a key precept of Buddhism is to observe without judgement which is exactly what he was doing in written form In the end I Always You got to know some characters whose humanityrew on me and I learned a little about the author Than When I Started when I started sentence late in the book rang so
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Plodding Along And That Isalong and that is true light This summer for my ten wedding anniversary I was supposed to o to Japan Obviously that s not happening so I ve decided to read some of my husband s favorite works on Japan Zen and US Americans in Japan Although I don t know how much of this experience still applies Chadwick lived in Japan in the late 80s it was delightful to read especially for insights into Zen practice and Zen temples and the Japanese language Interesting diary of a western zen student in Japan in the 80s a lot of inside baseball that might be hard to follow if you have no background in zen or know some of the figures from the San Francisco Zen Center I recommend reading Crooked Cucumber first This book is just fantastic It s eual parts Buddhist travelogue well a travelogue that takes place within a temple and Japanese cultural analysis The author seems clear eyed and willing to uestion his own conceptions except when it comes to some silly Buddhist orthodoxy and it makes for wonderfully entertaining prose Makes me want to live somewhere th. Education In Thank You and OK he recounts his experiences both inside and beyond the monastery walls and offers insightful portraits of the characters he knew in that world the bickering monks the patient abbot the trotting housewives the ominous ins.