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  • Written by: Shunmyo Masuno
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (792 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Zen by Shunmyo Masuno. 

Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally best-selling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen.

Drawing on centuries of wisdom, renowned Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno applies the essence of Zen to modern life in clear, practical, easily adopted lessons - one a day for 100 days. 

Discover how:

  • Lining up your shoes after you take them off can bring order to your life
  • Putting down your fork after every bite can help you feel more grateful for what you have
  • Spending time barefoot can strengthen your body
  • Planting a flower and watching it grow can teach you to embrace change
  • Going outside to watch the sunset can make every day feel celebratory

In Zen: The Art of Simple Living, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes - to what you do, how you think, how you interact with others and how you appreciate the present moment. With each task, you will open yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.

©2019 Shunmyo Masuno (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Practically explained

Some of the methods mentioned in this book are very practical. I have picked couple of points to implement in my life.

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Great book on Zen Philosophy

Excellent summary of 100 principles for simple living. Short and simple book but with deep insight.

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This does improve your lifestyle !

Before downloading this audio book, i went through the review section and there i saw a guy saying that he could actually use a few tips from this book to his lifestyle, same happened with me. A few learnings have changed my lifestyle to an extent and i feel refreshed and i can feel things now !
Tue narrator is just awesome, made sure that i listened to him whenever the audio was on.

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Good Spiritual Read

This is a good spiritual read- very simple and concise. Every lesson is given a crisp title that sums up the teaching. But a brief given by the Zen Monk helps with a better understanding of the lessons of life. As you read, you experience an inner awakening and you feel inspired by the parables that further enrich the meaning.

Hailing from a different country and culture, It felt good to learn a little about the Japanese culture and people. It teaches you how similar every culture is when it teaches you lessons of life.

Truly a wonderful spiritual journey!! Shunmyo Masuno has done a fabulous job of enriching our life with valuable lessons.

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Very practical without being too preachy

Very well written and well read. Easy on the ears and the mind, as a Zen book should be.
I would have liked a little more background about the Zen philosophy, before getting into its teachings. Nevertheless an excellent book.

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awesome. brief and engaging thoughts

great
commentary was precise and engaging. language was simple and easy to understand. very deep thoughts explained like a breeze. thank you

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overall narration is cool and soothing.

while narrating,we are under peace and love with nature and felt under peace and harmony. one must play Audioable recording many times and cultivate habit of Zen a way of living.

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Simple yet powerful & meaningful

Short chapters with specific message. Motivates to change outlook towards life. Encourages to follow simple things to celebrate life!

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Amazing

Simple habits to live an ordered life. My go too book, when if feel life is getting the better of me. 😊

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fine book

loved it absolutely worth listening you will love listen every morning for 100 days

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  • Sk
  • 14-01-23

Master piece

Simple too good
Can read , hear it a 100 tines
Every chapter is a Oscar

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  • Zenzenjen00
  • 14-05-19

Absolute gem

Refereshing, uplifting and enlightening. A book for every household. Easily digestible and perfect for picking up when feeling a little blue or anxious. A great reminder of the profound beauty in the simple things in life. Thank you

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  • R. Millington
  • 09-01-20

The Blatantly Obvious

100 very obvious ways to improve your life. Nothing new here - all rather shallow I'm afraid. Good performance by the narrator though.

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  • robin
  • 16-09-19

how not to complete the zen journey

some sound kniwledge presented in a poor way risking error for the listner maybe, too much western psychology maybe
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not my cup of tea
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  • Eileen Kelly
  • 12-03-21

Super interesting

Very wise words from a lovely narrator. I liked how the chapters were only a few minutes long but gave you a lot to think about.

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  • Bernie Rowen
  • 24-12-20

Simply life enhancing

I listened to this book once, but I know that I will return to it many times. The sincerity in which it was both written and read is both heartwarming and refreshing.

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  • Karen R. ford
  • 30-01-23

Beautiful book, beautifully read

I really enjoyed this book of wisdom. The tone of the narrator voice was clear and yet restful. I listen to this book whilst working and it made a mundane task into a mindful experience. Thank you

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  • Arturo Fermin
  • 07-12-22

Simple and thus beautiful

Zen capsules, bite size lessons of subtle beauty. Very useful and inspiring. If you are new to Zen philosophy, this is a perfect starter.

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  • RL2020
  • 09-08-22

A good Idea. Some interesting ideas.

A good book. Nice idea simple to follow. Well worth a read or listen

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  • PEvans
  • 21-07-22

Accidentally what I needed

Surprising to find this book super enlightening and I’ll probably purchase a copy as I’m probably come back to it’s advise.
I learnt and applied a lot whilst listening and felt better for doing so. More aligned and free.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-22

Brilliant - just what I needed

A simple format that flows easily. A great book for people trying zen for the first time, I found alot of these things I had already been doing for ages. Since practicing Zen I am definitely more calmer.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-01-21

Daily Soother

I like that this book is short. It's great to listen to pretty much any time of the day and it's a good reminder of mindfulness in your daily life. It really does help me feel more in tune with myself and more calm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-20

succinct

succinct, provocative. lovely voice to listen to. easy processes and instinct training
A way forward for human nature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-21

A simple guide for a peaceful life

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So peaceful, such simple guidelines to follow for full and happy life. I have such gratitude for these teachings and I will listen again and again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-21

Simple and succinct

An easy listen, inspiring. I will listen again and again and will probably buy a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-20

Nice

I enjoyed learning the things in this book. Not too difficult to process the information the reader is nice and clear

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  • Michael
  • 26-06-20

Very simple and effective.

Perfect narration and writing. Short but potent lessons to follow that will make your life much more peaceful and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-19

Simply beautiful

I loved this book for its’ simplicity, elegance and practicality.

The narrator has a calming voice and I feel such at ease now after listening to it in a few short hours!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-19

highly recommended!

Loved it easy to follow. Raising your self awareness in creating small changes that become a habit.

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  • NJ
  • 07-09-21

Definitely worth the listen

The author in his calm and composed voice takes you on this beautiful ZEN journey of simplicity and finding peace in the here and now. highly recommend it to those that want to learn how to appreciate the simple things in life and get started on the journey to live a life of meaning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-20

AmaZen book you will love

Absolutely loved this book. Thankyou Shunmyo Masuno for 100 ways of living in the present.

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