This book offers a clear, straightforward approach to Buddhism in general and awareness in particular. It is about being awake and in touch with what is going on here and now. When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present. In Buddhism Plain and Simple, Steve Hagen presents these uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.
Steve Hagen is a Zen priest, a long-time teacher of Buddhism, and the author of "How the World Can Be the Way It Is." For fifteen years he studied with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri, from whom he received Dharma Transmission (endorsement to teach) in 1989. Steve lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in St. Paul.