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Zen: The Art of Simple Living

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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highly recommended!

Loved it easy to follow. Raising your self awareness in creating small changes that become a habit.

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Nice

I enjoyed learning the things in this book. Not too difficult to process the information the reader is nice and clear

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AmaZen book you will love

Absolutely loved this book. Thankyou Shunmyo Masuno for 100 ways of living in the present.

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succinct

succinct, provocative. lovely voice to listen to. easy processes and instinct training A way forward for human nature.

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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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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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-2019

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
  • 27-08-2019

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
  • 09-01-2020

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
  • 16-09-2019

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 cu

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-2020

an eye opener

easy to listen to and full of some great bits of wisdom to help you out

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  • 07-07-2020

A useful read.

A humbeling rendition of a more noble way of living. Informative and engaging with a straight forward approach to the zen lifestyle.

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  • Daniel Cartwright
  • 13-05-2020

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
  • 27-04-2020

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
  • 14-03-2020

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
  • 12-02-2020

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