• Zen: The Art of Simple Living

  • By: Shunmyo Masuno
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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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  • Zenzenjen00
  • 05-14-19

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
  • 01-09-20

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
  • 09-16-19

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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  • Eileen Kelly
  • 03-12-21

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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  • Bernie Rowen
  • 12-24-20

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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  • RL2020
  • 08-09-22

A good Idea. Some interesting ideas.

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

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  • PEvans
  • 07-21-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-22

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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  • Ismael Gutierrez
  • 02-11-22

Brilliant and to the point

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

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  • 01-28-21

Daily Soother

I like that this book is short. It's great to listen to pretty much any time of the day and it's a good reminder of mindfulness in your daily life. It really does help me feel more in tune with myself and more calm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-20

succinct

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-21

A simple guide for a peaceful life

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So peaceful, such simple guidelines to follow for full and happy life. I have such gratitude for these teachings and I will listen again and again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-21-21

Simple and succinct

An easy listen, inspiring. I will listen again and again and will probably buy a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-20

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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  • Michael
  • 06-26-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

highly recommended!

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

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  • NJ
  • 09-07-21

Definitely worth the listen

The author in his calm and composed voice takes you on this beautiful ZEN journey of simplicity and finding peace in the here and now. highly recommend it to those that want to learn how to appreciate the simple things in life and get started on the journey to live a life of meaning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-20

AmaZen book you will love

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

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