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The Zen Monastic Experience ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Zen Monastic Experience Author Robert E. Buswell Jr. – Thomashillier.co.uk Robert Buswell a Buddhist scholar who spent five years as a Zen monk in Korea draws on personal experience in this insightful account of day to day Zen monastic practice In discussing the activities o Robert Buswell a Buddhist scholar who spent five years as a Zen monk in Korea draws on personal experience in this insightful account of day to day Zen monastic practice In discussing the activities of the postulants the meditation monks the teachers and administrators and the support monks of the monastery of Songgwang sa Buswell reveals a religious tradition that differs radically from the stereotype prevalent in the West The author's treatment lucidly The Zen PDF or relates contemporary Zen practice to the historical development of the tradition and to Korean history generally and his portrayal of the life of modern Zen monks in Korea provides an innovative and provocative look at Zen from the inside.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Zen Monastic Experience
  • Robert E. Buswell Jr.
  • English
  • 13 June 2015
  • 9780691034775

6 thoughts on “The Zen Monastic Experience

  1. Aaron Aaron says:

    This excellent book gives a down to earth account of how Korean Zen Son Buddhist monks live on a day to day basis Far removed from the mysterious to the point of magical accounts from fiction and other literature this point paints of picture of rigorous demanding daily living and the real circumstances of monks at the monastery It also goes into some motivations for becoming monks and many stories of monastic life

  2. Julia Julia says:

    Really interesting read I didn't fully understand what it is that monks did on a daily basis I imagined it to be something like meditating all day with breaks for small meals so this book taught me a LOT about life in a monastery and the different roles that monks must play to keep the organization running Buswell is so passionate about the subject and knows so goddamn much I appreciated his care in integrating his personal experiences with his objective knowledge to gently contradict the way Zen Buddhism is portrayed in the west

  3. Inga Inga says:

    Gets a five from me because it's full of the nitty gritty details of monastic life and explains the otherwise obscure customs and vocabulary particular to that life but I have a feeling that for someone not invested in the study of Korean Buddhist monasticism Buswell's account would fall flat about a chapter and a half in when he mostly abandons the narrative thread and delves instead into the structures of temple life Neither is Buswell concerned here with Seon Zen doctrine as he is in his well known translation of the writings of Korean monk Chinul Rather 'The Zen Monastic' experience is an mixture of memoir ish sentiment and an academic's language that will be of most interest to those concerned with a monastic structures andor b the modern Korean Buddhist tradition

  4. Paulus Germanus Paulus Germanus says:

    A book about Zen yet unlike Sawaki's or Watts' approach to the subject of an anthropological description of monastic life with some brief succulent commentary from the author's own subjective perspective a Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and a former Jogye Order monk himselfWashes away many illusions accumulated over the plateau of 'western' Zen approach A good sobering book for any Zen practitionerenthusiast whether current or prospectiveI've devoured this book in about a week A very well written study of monastery's bloodstream Recommended 55

  5. Grey Sandstrum Grey Sandstrum says:

    It’s no one’s fault that there is no way to make this topic interesting to read

  6. Hunter Hunter says:

    An interesting exploration of a Son Monastery in Korea Buswell's prose is fluid and assists to make the book uite readable

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