Review of “Nothing Special: Living Zen”

“Nothing Special: Living Zen” by Charlotte Joko Beck

This book has been around for years, but I only got around to reading it recently.

“Nothing Special” is decidedly Western in approach. It is designed in short segments, each relating to a specific idea and all pointed toward applying zen in a practical way to your daily life. There is very little of that obtuse zenspeak stuff about “no-self” and “suchness.” And there is refreshing lack of Sanskrit and Japanese words to stumble over. It’s written by a Westerner, for Westerners. Continue reading “Review of “Nothing Special: Living Zen””