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No Beginning No End:
The Intimate Heart of Zen

by Jakusho Kwong

Harmony Books
March 2003
ISBN: 0609610805


What is the sound of one Zen Master dropping the Dharma on his readers? Find out in "No Beginning No End," in which California Zen master, Jakusho Kwong-roshi delivers a series of short Zen Buddhist lessons.

Born in Santa Rosa and raised in Palo Alto, Kwong-roshi found Zen only after working sometime in the commercial art industry. He studied for 10 years, between 1960 and 1970, with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi before he was ordained, and founded the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in 1973.

Reminiscent of the widely-read work of his spiritual teacher, Sunryu Suzuki-roshi,"No Beginning No End" is an amalgamation of Kwong-roshi's zendo experiences, traditional Zen stories, and Zen metaphors, a combination which elucidates the often-bewildering teachings of Zen. Not only does Kwong-roshi illuminate such fundamental Buddhist precepts as the Dharma and the Sangha, he further explains how the practice of zazen and the benefits thereof can be found and incorporated into daily life.

Distilled through 40 years of Zen practice, and interspersed with Kwong-roshi's graceful calligraphic renderings, "No Beginning No End" is a worthy homage to the Suzuki classic, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind." In it, the reader finds the same poetically simple style, but from a uniquely American standpoint.

Kate Montana - Staff Features Writer


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