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10 thoughts on “Ambivalent Zen : One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

  1. 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 or fourth time, my all time favorite memoir of spiritual practice, Ambivalent Zen, by Lawrence Shainberg.Shainberg has published fiction and non fiction, including an excellent monograph on his favorite writer, Samuel Beckett, in addition to this memoir In a way this seems a book not only about his teacher and his practice, but his whole life And he organizes it so that he shuttles through various time periods, which skillfully comment on one another It s a virtuoso performance.Shainberg followed his father s interest in spiritual matters the elder Shainberg made his money as a Memphis businessman, then spent the rest of his life in an anguished but very sincere kind of seeking, reading spiritual lit...


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    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 book.Zen is very strict, even dogmatic, and it is laser focused on eraticating ego It certainly makes one wonder what it would be like to really commit oneself to this practice in a serious way, and that s what this man did He really went whole hog in the practice, but his persistent ambivalence always made him worry that his sincerity was compromised, along with the quality of his practice I d say it had, since doubt is called one of the five hinderances in Buddhism.Nonetheless, it s a fascinating journey this author takes you on You r...


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    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 meditativ...


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    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 teac...


  5. says:

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


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    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 interestin...


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    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 ends in the mid 90s practices with and meets a number of well known figures in the Zen world, and his portraits of them here are not all flattering, so there s a bit of ...


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    I m newly exploring Zen this book made me a little worried not enough to stop exploring but 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...


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    This book was recommended as a resource to learn about meditation and zen, but what I really took from it was the frustrations and dangers that come from the process of seeking As a memoir, it was certainl...


  10. says:

    it was a good book, i just found others i became obsorbed in.


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Ambivalent Zen : One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path BOOKS Ambivalent Zen One Man S Adventures On The Dharma Path Lawrence Shainberg Bandcamptomp3.co.uk Seeking Help With His Basketball Game, Shainberg Embraced Zen Buddhism In 1951 And Was Catapulted On A Life Long Spiritual Journey Alternately Comic And Reverential, Ambivalent Zen Chronicles The Rewards And Dangers Of Spiritual Ambition And Presents A Poignant Reflection Of The Experiences Faced By Many Americans Involved In The Zen Movement.