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Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple

6 Ratings: 2.8
A book by Kaoru Nonomura

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. … see full wiki

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Author: Kaoru Nonomura
Publisher: Kodansha International
6 reviews about Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous...
review by . December 16, 2009
I finally finished EAT, SLEEP, SIT. I have been slowly plugging away at it for several months and my neglect at finishing it was not because it was uninteresting or a terrible read (quite the contrary, in fact) but rather because it is such a different reading experience that it took me time to digest it and continue. The writing style of Kaoru Nonomura is very articulate and precise, conveying the message without a lot of indulgence or unnecessary detail and Nonomura's writing does an excellent …
review by . July 23, 2009
"My Year in Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple," the subtitle explains. At 30, weary of the world, Nonomura tells of his year at Eiheiji, founded by Dogen in 1244. It reminded me often of Nancy Klein Maguire's "An Infinity of Little Hours," about five men who entered the Catholic equivalent, perhaps, the Carthusians. Whether Soto Zen or Charterhouse, a monastic life as its most ascetic, like marathon runners or Marines, attracts a few men young enough and driven enough to test their physical and emotional …
review by . April 25, 2009
I did not enjoy my reading experience of 'Eat Sleep Sit: My Year At Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple'. From the description, I expected a bit more reflection and heart, as well some deeper exploration of zen Buddhism. Instead, I felt this book felt a bit detached and read more like an extended description than a reflection of the author's experience with Buddhism.    My main issue with the book is that a majority of it is indeed a description of his experience at Eiheiji and …
review by . March 21, 2009
From Amazon Vine, I received a review copy of the book Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple by Kaoru Nonomura. I expected to find a story about how the writer came to find himself in the peace and serenity of a Buddist temple. Not so much... Yes, he did learn much about himself in the process but it was far from peaceful and serene. Cruel and brutal is closer to the truth.    Nonomura decided at the age of 30 that he was at a dead end in his life. Although …
review by . March 19, 2009
I have considered myself a Buddhist for many years. When I first became interested in Buddhism when I was in my teens my introduction was to Zen. I read about Zen, thought about Zen, ate Zen. After some time I also realized that, although Zen was Buddhist practice, it was most likely a bit too minimalist and too austere for me. I have, however, always wondered what it would be like to live in a Buddhist monastery. I was so pleased to find this book because it does provide a very good picture of …
review by . March 16, 2009
This book was very surprising to me. I have read more than a handful of books about Buddhism, Zen, etc. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what it was all basically about. I was wrong.    I have always thought about Buddhism as being a peaceful, happy, group of people. I was very surprised when my thoughts on that topic were shattered by the violence of hitting, punching, kicking, and slapping for even the most insignificant of offenses or errors. As I read deeper into the …
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