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Actually 35 stars It s a real flaw in this system that there is no half star option on goodreads in my opinionI enjoyed this book in a casual way It felt a little like reading a blog or two blogs spliced together than a memoir Mr Chadwick alternated between two periods of his life in Japan with little vignettes about either his
time at a Zen monastery or his time teaching English and living with his wife has a gentle at a Zen monastery or his time teaching English and living with his wife He has a of writing and manages to be respectful of Japanese culture while still finding aspects of it absurd especially bureaucratic aspects A problem I often have with narratives of Westerners traveling to and living in Asia is their lack of respect for the culture "and inability to recognize the absurdity of their own culture and Chadwick "inability to recognize the absurdity of their own culture and Chadwick to avoid that His friend Norman not so much I had a hard time with NormanAs for the writing style it was fine for my purposes What I mean by that is I read this book before I went to sleep at night and the chapters were short enough and lacking in stress and depth enough that I could easily put it down and go to sleep It s not the kind of book to keep ou up reading or thinking all night As a going to bed book it is excellent As a book to learn or think about deeper issues it s just okayAs a solitary Zen practitioner I do harbor a fantasy of living the monastic life some day and Chadwick s experience helped me understand the reality of it better and also the silliness of Western expectations of practicing in the motherland of our adopted system I would have given this book 4 stars if not for the length it just really slumps in the middle and I took a break from it However I do feel that this is an important book for people interested in Zen and Japan because David Chadwick a Texas raised wanderer college dropout bumbling social activist and hobbyhorse musician began his study under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966 In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four ear period of voluntary exile and remedial Zen. T gives a very honest down to earth account of the experience Often times the west is given a certain view of the east one that only
shows the good and in fact romanticizes the east in some cases Mr Chadwick is great the good and in fact romanticizes the east in some cases Mr Chadwick is great illustrating the mundane in what is often shown as fantastical and without fault Interesting diary of a western zen student in Japan in the 80s a lot of inside baseball that might be hard to follow if ou have no background in zen or know some of the figures from the San Francisco Zen Center I recommend reading Crooked Cucumber "First This Book Is Just Fantastic It S Eual Parts "This
book is just fantastic It s eual parts travelogue well a travelogue that is just fantastic It s eual parts travelogue well a travelogue that place within a temple and Japanese cultural analysis The author seems clear eyed and willing to uestion his own conceptions except when it comes to some silly Buddhist orthodoxy and it makes for wonderfully entertaining prose Makes me want to live somewhere that I don t understand I am not sure what I expected from this book after I read the back cover and decided to read it Maybe a travelogue maybe an exploration of Zen Buddhism and how it s practiced in Japan It wasn t particularly a travelog Chadwick is entertaining at times but I would ve liked to have gotten a lot backstory on his entry into the Zen world in the us prior to departing to Japan as well as his mindset in making the decision to make the leap He sort of glosses over these areas in broad strokes Of all the books I ve read on Buddhism this completely unassuming memoir by David Chadwick is by far the closest to my own experience After training for many ears at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Chadwick moved to Japan for a few ears to study in the traditional training He herein recounts his experienc. Education In Thank You and OK he recounts his experiences both inside and beyond the monastery walls and offers insightful portraits of the characters he knew in that world the bickering monks the patient abbot the trotting housewives the ominous ins. .
Summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ David ChadwickEs with seemingly limitless reserves of alertness "Humor Warmth And Accuracy He Masterfully Conveys "warmth and accuracy He masterfully conveys heart of his practice along with its inevitable bewilderment and gives an
and entertaining portrait of the of a gaijin wayseeker in Japan When Eihei Dogen said The life of practice is a continual mistake he surely didn t mean that with a wink like It s not REALLY a mistake The essence of Zen is falling short and by that metric this American Zen Failure Is A Spectacular is a spectacular Interesting memoir of the author s time in Japan I wasn t particularly interested in the zen specific aspects but much of the story is concerned with his own life as well as the folks and situations he encounters in Japan Recommended although his jumping back and forth between his pre and post marital periods was a bit disconcertingThe influence of his teacher Katagiri Roshi plays a significant role in the narrative I d encountered Roshi as she refers to him Chadwick calls him Katagiri in the autobiographical novels by Natalie Goldberg her latest one The Great Failure specifically deals with her feelings about him after his death This summer for my ten wedding anniversary I was supposed to go to Japan Obviously that s not happening so I ve decided to read some of my husband s favorite works on Japan Zen and US Americans in Japan Although I don t know how much of this experience still applies Chadwick lived in Japan in the late 80s it was delightful to read especially for insights into Zen practice and Zen temples and the Japanese language A look at Japanese culture particularly Zen from an American Highlights the differences and friction points as well as compromises via scenes from his daily life in and out of the monastery. Ects the bewildered bureaucrats and the frustrating English language students as they worked inexorably toward initiating him into the mysterious ways of Japan Whether American Poetry you're interested in Japan Buddhism or exotic travel writing this book is great fu.EVOCATIVE AND ENTERTAINING PORTRAIT OF THE