About the Author

Jakusho Kwong-roshi

Jakusho Kwong was born in Santa Rosa in 1935 and began studying Zen with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, in 1960. He received ordination at San Francisco Zen Center in 1970, and established Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in 1973 as his...

Customer Reviews for Breath Sweeps Mind

By Jay Pierce
Date Added: Friday 7 February 2014
I was fortunate enough to have spent a week at Sonoma Zen Center about 10 years ago. Kwong-Roshi impressed me then and continues to impress me more as time goes by.

That being said, if you are looking more for a theoretical treatise or historical prospective, I would point you elsewhere (Alan Watts - The Way of Zen is where I started and would recommend)

However, if you have spent time with Kwong-Roshi in the past, or are more interested in 'feeling' as opposed to intellect understanding, this is very good, and very Zen.

Kwong-Roshi is at all times is the embodiment of equanimity, and his very human stories, are both calming and full of humor.

The very title "Breath Sweeps Mind" has been an amazingly useful image (and what led me to purchase it).

Many teachers and books tell you to concentrate on your breath, and refocus every time your mind wanders off. This method can work, but it gave me headaches, and while I did manage it eventually, it was more of an ordeal than it was worth.

But now, we have a wonderful image of "Breath Sweeps Mind" and instead of CONCENTRATING :(, I imaging the breath blowing through the open window of my mind, sweeping out the 'thought leaves'. What a difference! How relaxing!

If your looking for the perfect Morning Cup of Zen, look no further.
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By Rowi
Date Added: Friday 16 August 2013
Beautifully spoken and clear on, for instance, the posture and details of zazen and kinhin. A very helpful guidance.
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By christina O
Date Added: Sunday 7 July 2013
I cannot say more than it is a pleasure to hear from Jakusho Kwong-roshi ... the wisdom and the laughter, both great gifts ... thank you
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By Joanna
Date Added: Tuesday 14 February 2012
Very beautiful talks. He speaks from very open space. I have listened to these CD's many times and find that they support my practice a lot. Highly, highly recommended.
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By Gonnella JEAN
Date Added: Tuesday 1 September 2009
very enjoyable and I am learning a lot. I am on second re listen.
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