Shoukei Matsumoto – A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind


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"I have a Zen monk as a colleague, which is very handy for sniff-testing books claiming to be Zen derivatives. When reading A Monk’s Guide to Clean House
and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto (Penguin Books), for instance, I was able to grill my monk about whether monks do indeed use special signals in monastery bathrooms or if he really does have to shave his head with a razor and wear white underwear. Granted, the answers to these and other questions have little practical application in my life, but they do speak to this book’s authenticity and are rife with meaning. I was attracted to this book because it’s zeitgeist-ish— tidying being the new decorating—and being a lifelong tidier myself I’m always interested in upping my game. (“Clean” I can take or leave.) A Monk’s Guide to Clean House and Mind possesses the means to instruct as well as enlighten. It’s a fun and fast read, and you’ll be rocking a monastery aesthetic in no time if you heed its advice."

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Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional meditative techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but also, your soul.

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