"This is the clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you're looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you'd better read this."-Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teachings in a single word, he said, "Awareness" - experiencing the whole of reality, seeing what is, and being entirely in the present. In this way, the mind is made free.
In Buddhism Plain and Simple Zen priest and longtime teacher Steve Hagen presents this heart of Buddhist teaching, pared down to its essence and explained in everyday language. It's a true "beginner's mind" introduction to the practice of being awake and in touch with the here and now.
Steve Hagen, Roshi, has been a student and practitioner of Zen since 1967. For fifteen years he studied with Dainin Katagiri, Roshi, from whom he received Dharma Transmission (endorsement to teach) in 1980. He is the founder of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the author of such works as Buddhism Is Not What You Think, Meditation Now or Never and Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense.