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A monk's guide to a clean house and mind

Author: Shoukei Matsumoto; Ian Samhammer; Kikue Tamura
Publisher: [London], UK : Penguin Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional cleaning techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul.'We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks that need to live this way.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shoukei Matsumoto; Ian Samhammer; Kikue Tamura
ISBN: 9781846149696 184614969X
OCLC Number: 1016933527
Notes: Translated from the Japanese.
Description: 129 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Understanding Cleaning --
Useful Items --
1. The Kitchen, Bathroom and Toilet --
2. Other Parts of the Home --
3. Personal Items --
4. Repairs and Maintenance --
5. Outside the Home --
6. Body and Mind --
When the Cleaning is Finished
Responsibility: Shoukei Matsumoto ; translated by Ian Samhammer ; illustrated by Kikue Tamura.

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Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional cleaning techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul.'We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks that need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world today needs it.The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this book, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples, while sharing what it's like to be a monk in training.This book will improve the condition not just of your own mind, but also the people around you. I hope readers will discover that cleanliness is an opportunity to contemplate oneself.'

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A bestseller in Japan, this charming book offers practical cleaning tips as well as fascinating insights into the Buddhist approach to life, which counters the wastefulness of modern society with a Read more...

 
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