"Zen masters call a life that is lived fully and completely, with nothing held back, 'the supreme meal,' " Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields have written. This meditation-a-day paperback compiled by Jean Smith (Everyday Mind, Breath Sweeps Mind, and Radiant Mind) presents a tasty smorgasbord of wisdom dishes from Japanese Soto and Rinzai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean Zen traditions. Those familiar with this path of spiritual development will rejoice to be able to once again savor the insights of Charlotte Joko Beck, Shunryu Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Aitken, Danin Katagiri, Seung Sahn, and others.
While perusing these pages, you will encounter the riches of Zen with its emphasis upon non-conceptual, intuitive insight; its respect for mindfulness and cosmic interrelatedness; its critique of separateness; its clarity about the true self and the normal mind; and its celebration of the integrity of practice. Here's an example from Philip Kapleau: "The deeply aware person sees the indivisibility of existence, the rich complexity and interrelatedness of all life. Out of this awareness grows a deep respect for the absolute value of all things, each thing. . . . To truly practice Zen therefore means not leaving lights burning when they are not needed, not allowing water to run unnecessarily from the faucet, not loading up your plate and leaving food uneaten."