Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki s The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk invites you to step inside the mysterious world of the Zendo, where monks live their lives in simplicity Suzuki, best known as the man who brought Zen classics to the West, sheds light on all phases of a monk s experience, from being refused admittance at the door to finally understanding the meaning of one s koan Suzuki explains the initiation ceremony, the act of begging, and the life of prayers, meditation, and service


10 thoughts on “The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk

  1. Lori Shinkō Snyder Lori Shinkō Snyder says:

    This was assigned reading for my training as a Zen Buddhist priest There are wonderful passages by Suzuki Roshi that are timeless and insightful for guiding others on the path For this reason anyone interested in the care of spiritual direction in Zen would be interested A great deal of the book deals with monastic life rules and this is great for historical context or reference There is also a glossary of Zen titles and bells which could be helpful including many illustrations of monastery This was assigned reading for my training as a Zen Buddhist priest There are wonderful passages by Suzuki Roshi that are timeless and insightful for guiding others on the path For this reason anyone interested in the care of spiritual direction in Zen would be interested A great deal of the book deals with monastic life rules and this is great for historical context or reference There is also a glossary of Zen titles and bells which could be helpful including many illustrations of monastery life


  2. Catherine Buchanan Catherine Buchanan says:

    A great, classic book on Zen This particular edition was beautifully designed A welcome addiction to my bookshelf.


  3. Eitán Eitán says:

    Muy lindo Simple y did ctico.


  4. Adam Miller Adam Miller says:

    I loved this book, great introduction to the life of a Zen monk This book covers the journey to start training at the Zendo and the life the monks lead in the monasteries It covers the practices to create a life of labor, service, prayer, gratitude, meditation, and humility If you are interested in Buddhism D.T Suzuki has been a favorite of mine for a while The version I read is old, an illustrated version that added to the overall quality in my opinion as they are great and directly relate I loved this book, great introduction to the life of a Zen monk This book covers the journey to start training at the Zendo and the life the monks lead in the monasteries It covers the practices to create a life of labor, service, prayer, gratitude, meditation, and humility If you are interested in Buddhism D.T Suzuki has been a favorite of mine for a while The version I read is old, an illustrated version that added to the overall quality in my opinion as they are great and directly relate to what Suzuki talks about Highly recommended


  5. Nikki Wilson Nikki Wilson says:

    Some of this went over my head and I loved that because it forces me to re read and reexamine the book I think this is one of those books you can read at different times in your life and garner new information about the zen life the zen buddhist monk s life when at the Zendo Some of this went over my head and I loved that because it forces me to re read and reexamine the book I think this is one of those books you can read at different times in your life and garner new information about the zen life the zen buddhist monk s life when at the Zendo


  6. Netanel Miles-Yepez Netanel Miles-Yepez says:

    Excellent look at Zen monastic life and its practices in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


  7. Bob Peru Bob Peru says:

    good account of the daily life of zen monks lots of zen comments from the texts.


  8. Sga Sga says:

    I have the first American edition, 1956, facsimile of the first Kyoto edition, 1934.