Eiheiji Zen Temple | Zen Buddhism
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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Summary At the age of thirty, Kaoru Nonomura left his family, his girlfriend and his job as a designer to undertake a year of ascetic training at Eiheiji, one of the most rigorous Zen training temples in Japan. This book is Nonomura's account of his experiences.
He skilfully describes every aspect of training, including how to meditate, how to eat, how to wash, and even how to use the toilet, in a way that is easy to understand even for readers with no knowledge of Zen Buddhism. This first-person account also describes Nonomura's struggles in the face of beatings, hunger, exhaustion, fear and loneliness, the comfort he draws from his friendships with the other trainees, and his quiet determination to give his life spiritual meaning.
After writing "Eat, Sleep, Sit", Kaoru Nonomura returned to his normal life as a designer, but his book has maintained its popularity in Japan. Beautifully written, and a fascinating insight into a lifestyle of hardships that few people could endure, this is a book that will appeal to all those with an interest in Zen Buddhism and to anyone with an interest in the quest for spiritual growth.
This is the true story of an ordinary man's search for meaning to life at Japan's strictest Zen Temple. It presents a detailed portrayal of everyday life at Eiheiji, Japan's main training temple for Soto Zen. It is beautifully written portrayal of every aspect of Buddhist ritual: how to eat, sleep, sit, bathe, dress, pray, making this book appealing to those with an interest in Buddhism.
Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple
As well as the Buddhist perspective, Nonomura brings his own personal perspective to bear: sometimes sad, sometimes scared, sometimes amused, in the end enlightened, making this a story of redemption that will also appeal to general readers. Bibliographic information. Publication date ISBN Browse related items Start at call number: BQ After writing Eat Sleep Sit , Kaoru Nonomura returned to his normal life as a designer, but his book has maintained its popularity in Japan, selling more than , copies since its first printing in Beautifully written, and offering fascinating insight into a culture of hardships that few people could endure, this is a deeply personal story that will appeal to all those with an interest in Zen Buddhism, as well as to anyone seeking spiritual growth.
At the age of thirty, he decided to put his career on hold to spend a year as a trainee monk at Eiheiji, a monastery famed for its rigid discipline.
Twelve months later, he returned to his design job, and it was during his daily commute on a crowded train that he began to jot down his recollections of his Eiheiji experience. These notes eventually became Eat Sleep Sit , the author's only book.