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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto, read by Adam Sims. 

We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks who need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world needs it. 

The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this audiobook, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples while sharing what it's like to be a monk in training. 

This book will improve the condition of not just your own mind but also the people around you. I hope listeners will discover that cleanliness is an opportunity to contemplate oneself.

Audio updated as of March 2018

©2018 Shoukei Matsumoto (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A good book.

This book seem like a good entrypoint to a calm mind.
it unfortunately ends abruptly.

The narrator was excellent.

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Short and cut out before the end

I would not recommend this book. It was very short and the end of the book on audible came in the middle of a description of a breathing exercise. I would say this book could be useful for a monk learning how to look after a temple, but it really didn’t offer much for a normal householder like me.

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Not what I'd hoped for

Beautifully read but not exactly what I hoped for. I was expecting more about cleaning as a form of meditation and taking pleasure in simple things. There was more culturally specific facts about the superiority of traditional Japanese tools and investing money in good quality Japanese handmade objects. There were a few tips - such as cleaning windows with newspaper and remembering to close kitchen cabinets. Things I knew already.

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Robotic voice; finished abruptly without any conclusion, please fix

This is peaceful and relaxing book with good advice. However as I have already mentioned in the headline, the reading voice is robotic and so not very pleasant. The last chapter just stops unexpectedly.

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  • SAMARA
  • 14-01-18

delivers what it promises

Would you listen to A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind again? Why?

yes, the lessons are worth listening to again

Any additional comments?

I like how it ties observations about buddhism with the suggestions on how to clean. It opened up my mind to a different way of approaching everyday tasks. Peaceful and encouraging read.

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