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Breath Sweeps Mind

The Intimate Heart of Zen

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In a poetic reflection from an awakened insight, the 13th-century Zen master Keizan Jokin wrote, "Most people want to have pure clarity, but sweep as you will, you cannot empty the mind."

On Breath Sweeps Mind, Jakusho Kwong-roshi presents his inspired response to this Zen teaching to offer you a "Zen that lives with you in your everyday life." You can practice this right now. Join this dharma successor to the late Shunryu Suzuki-roshi as he opens you to the world as seen through the eyes of a true Zen master, and the liberation we find in just sweeping.

A Return to Your Original Nature

The enso, or Zen circle, demonstrates the intimate heart of Zen, illustrating how the spiritual journey is actually already complete no matter where you begin. From this perspective, Zen practice is not so much about learning something new, but simply returning to the wisdom or light that you originally possess: your Buddha nature.

Through clear instruction in zazen meditation, in walking and bowing practice, poetry, story, and likewise, Jakusho Kwong-roshi invites you to return to your own profundity, a depth that is always with you in the richness of this very moment

A Zen Retreat in Your Own Home

Recorded live at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in California, Breath Sweeps Mind is a complete nine-session curriculum of dharma talks you can revisit time and again. With nearly 50 years of traditional Zen practice, Jakusho Kwong-roshi exemplifies the presence of an authentic roshi (Zen master): sometimes serious, sometimes playful, and open to the experience at hand.

Join him for a refreshing and easily accessible transmission of Zen to help you "turn your radiance inward," and bring the gifts of wisdom, compassion, and love to yourself, your family and friends, and all of society and humankind.


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Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by Lamees M

I bought three of this program because I bought it when it was in cassette form and I loved the whole program and specially Jakusho Kwong Roshi and how person friendly he was. I had listened to it in the past over and over. I bought these for gifts plus a copy for me to keep in CD form.

I recommend this highly and I recommend listenning to it over and over.

(Posted on 4/24/2014)

Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by Jay Pierce

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.

(Posted on 2/7/2014)

Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by Rowi

Beautifully spoken and clear on, for instance, the posture and details of zazen and kinhin. A very helpful guidance.

(Posted on 8/16/2013)

Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by christina O

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

(Posted on 7/7/2013)

Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by Joanna

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.

(Posted on 2/14/2012)

Review for Breath Sweeps Mind Review by Gonnella JEAN

very enjoyable and I am learning a lot. I am on second re listen.

(Posted on 9/1/2009)


Audio Download

Contents Audio download (6 hours, 43 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-62203-059-1
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-059-0
Product Code AF01163W


Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 43 minutes)
Date Published April 01, 2003
ISBN-10 1-59179-594-X
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-594-0
Dimensions 6 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches
Product Code AF01163D