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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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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 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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Very simple and insightful

the principles discussed in the book are very useful to change our thinking about life. Need to listen repeatedly to have an impact.

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Life lessons

great narration.
book has great lessons to practice and then to contemplate.
need to revisit and reflect regularly.

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Great art of living

Zen is a simply great system of life as how you can spend it ideal way.
This great efforts by Audible bringing me to initiate few simple steps in my life.
Thanks for exploring simple life lesson.

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good listen to pass idle time.

book is okay..has simple steps which you can include in your life. good for listening to when you're occupied with something else. doesn't need your devoted attention.

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MY DREAM OF WHAT LIVING IS ! ✨

It's now a total life changer since I'm now 18 and wanna live the simplest but most happiest life👣
Mode ICHIGYO ZAMMAI activated !
# stay simple and discover the better u 🐼 A long way to goo.. since this is my 1st ever 📖 💬

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  • 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<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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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!