Top positive review
One of the best book on Zen for Westerners
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
This is on of those books that were great for its time and still informs and illumines today. A timeless classic. Not only does it go thorough the Buddhist Mahayana teachings from the Zen school but gives practice methods and tips for the Un-monastaried and Un-sanghaed practitioner. If you truly want a beginners work which is shorter and to the point but in the same vein buy The Rinzai Way by Meidro Moore. Both works are very well written, give great advice and a large helping hand on the Zen path.
Note: Soto Zennist's have a tendency to hate both books as they are "critical" of those in the Soto Zen way who misunderstand the phrase by awakened masters who have said "sitting is just it," like Dogen. They account for the lower star ratings. Both books go on to mention the correct understanding from the practice/awaking viewpoint of the true practice of Shikan-taza. So dont let bias form those who do not comprehend fully the depth of the dharma from buying either of these two books.