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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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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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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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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
and not enough zen like
not my cup of tea
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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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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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A good Idea. Some interesting ideas.

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

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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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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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Great listen

loved it, very inspirational. the narrator is good too!
it will help you put things into perspective and to accept things you can not change.

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Brilliant and to the point

This is probably one of the best summaries of the Japanese branch of Zen Buddhism I've ever read.