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Zen: The Art of Simple Living

Written by: Shunmyo Masuno
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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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 Books Ltd
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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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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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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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Rule book of Zen is not my thing

I feel that the best way to learn about zen is through stories, music, paintings. This is a rule book, I agree that it is practically useful. But that is not my way to zen.

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Great Book for Living

This would be one of the memorable book in my life. Thank you Shunmyo Masuno and Adams Sims.

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good one

loved the narration and 100 ways may be too much to remember, good one in zen

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Enthralling Audio Pills

It is designed in such a way that we can take any of the lessons whenever we needed them utmost.
it's Truly Enchanting the way it is structured.

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Simple yet Great !!

Great way to simplify your life. Suitable for todays world and almost for every Individual.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-19

Excellent

Uplifting. Very needed when life seems a little too much to handle. Filled with wonderful tips and advice on how to lead a more fulfilled life.

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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<br />

some sound kniwledge presented in a poor way risking error for the listner maybe, too much western psychology maybe
and not enough zen like
not my cup of tea
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  • Daniel Cartwright
  • 13-05-20

Lovely book

I love this book and have the hard copy. It’s so nice and easy to listen to and sometimes it’s nice to listen to as you drift off to sleep.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-20

Fabulous gem

Fantastic source of wisdom, clear, practical and enjoyable. This is a book that I will listen to many times.

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  • Joe McDermott
  • 14-03-20

Wonderful book

What a wonderful book. I am already starting to listen to it again from the beginning and may well buy a physical copy too. I love the short chapters that just say it how it is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

it was a beautiful and motivating read.

I hope to relisten to it again and again it reminds you that life is fleeting, and it's more important to enjoy each moment, instead of chasing a destination

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  • 03-01-20

Simple Wisdom

Full of simple wisdom which can be listened to many times as it is short and broken down into points.

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  • William J. Overall
  • 22-10-19

Very uplifting and inspirational.

A great listen and very well delivered. A calming soothing voice speaking inspirational words and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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!