Urdity of their own culture and Chadwick seemed 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 nough and lacking in stress and depth So B. It enough that I couldasily put it chapters were short Cabaret enough and lacking in stress and depthnough that I could asily put it and go to sleep It s not the kind of book to keep you up reading or thinking all night As a going to bed book it is xcellent As a book to learn or think about deeper issues is Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism excellent As a book to learn or think about deeper issues s just okayAs a solitary Zen practitioner I do harbor a fantasy of living the monastic life some day and Chadwick sxperience helped me understand "the reality of it better and also the silliness of Western xpectations of "reality of it better and also the silliness of Western xpectations of in the motherland of our adopted system This book is just fantastic It s En plein coeur eual parts Buddhist travelogue well a travelogue that takes place within a temple and Japanese cultural analysis The author seems clearyed and willing to uestion his own conceptions The Bookshop on the Shore except when it comes to some silly Buddhist orthodoxy and it makes for wonderfullyntertaining prose Makes me want to live some Of all the books I ve read on Buddhism this completely unassuming memoir by David Chadwick is by far the closest to my own Dance Real Slow experience After training for many years at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Chadwick moved to Japan for a few years to study in the traditional training He herein recounts hisxperiences with seemingly limitless reserves of alertness humor warmth and accuracy He masterfully conveys the heart of his practice along with its inevitable bewilderment and gives an The Art of Memoir evocative andntertaining portrait of the life 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 The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life essence of Zen is falling short and by that metric this American Zen failure is a spectacular success. Ects the bewildered bureaucrats and the frustrating English language students as they worked inexorably toward initiating him into the mysterious ways of Japan Whether you're interested in Japan Buddhism orxotic travel writing this book is great fu. Nal series of vignettes that highlighted
author s four year stay Japan part of that time in a Zen monastery The author s tone is simple and very neutral and took me uite a while to sink into It helped when I remembered that a key precept of Buddhism is to observe without judgement which is xactly what he was doing in written form In the nd I got to know some characters whose humanity grew on me and I learned a little about the author than when I started A sentence late in the book rang so true that it brought tears to my yes I think we re all just plodding along and that is the true light 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 ncounters 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 "Katagiri Roshi plays a significant role in the narrative I d 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 Actually 35 stars It s a real flaw in this system that there is no half star option on goodreads in my opinionI njoyed 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 ither his time at a Zen monastery or his time teaching English and living with his wife He has a gentle way of writing and manages to be respectful of Japanese culture while still finding aspects of it absurd Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography 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 abs. Education In Thank You and OK he recounts hisxperiences 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. .THE AUTHOR S FOUR YEAR STAY
Characters Thank You and Okay An American Zen Failure in Japan.
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 Interesting diary of a western zen student in Japan in the 80s a lot of inside baseball that might be hard to follow if you have no background in zen or know some of the figures from the San Francisco Zen Center I recommend reading Crooked Cucumber first Chadwick is ntertaining at times but I would ve liked to have gotten a lot backstory reading Crooked Cucumber first Chadwick is ntertaining at times but I would ve liked to have gotten a lot backstory his ntry 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 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 xperience still applies Chadwick lived in Japan in the late 80s it was delightful to read specially for insights into Zen practice and Zen temples and the Japanese language I would have given this
4 stars if not for 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 it gives a very honest down to arth account "of the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl experience Often times the west is given a certain view of theast one that only shows the "the Exile and Pilgrim experience Often times the west is given a certain view of theast one that only shows the and in fact romanticizes the ast in some cases Mr Chadwick is great at illustrating the mundane in what is often shown as fantastical and without fault I am not sure what I xpected from this book after I read the back cover and decided to read it Maybe a travelogue maybe an Hannah Montana: The Movie exploration of Zen Buddhism and how it s practiced in Japan It wasn t particularly a travelogue and it was sort of anxploration of Zen Buddhism in Japan Rather it was a deeply perso. 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 year period of voluntary xile and remedial Zen.BOOK 4 STARS IF NOT FOR