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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is the best-selling collection of the most popular enlightenment stories, anecdotes, and koans of Zen literature, which introduced a generation of Americans to Zen. Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics: 101 Zen Stories —anecdotes and enlightenment stories of the great masters The Gateless Gate —forty-eight Zen koans to awaken the enlightened Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is the best-selling collection of the most popular enlightenment stories, anecdotes, and koans of Zen literature, which introduced a generation of Americans to Zen. Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics: 101 Zen Stories —anecdotes and enlightenment stories of the great masters The Gateless Gate —forty-eight Zen koans to awaken the enlightened mind The 10 Bulls, or "Ox-Herding Pictures," depicting the ten stages of awareness Centering—a four-thousand-year-old Sanskrit text that may well be one of the roots of Zen thought


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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is the best-selling collection of the most popular enlightenment stories, anecdotes, and koans of Zen literature, which introduced a generation of Americans to Zen. Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics: 101 Zen Stories —anecdotes and enlightenment stories of the great masters The Gateless Gate —forty-eight Zen koans to awaken the enlightened Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is the best-selling collection of the most popular enlightenment stories, anecdotes, and koans of Zen literature, which introduced a generation of Americans to Zen. Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics: 101 Zen Stories —anecdotes and enlightenment stories of the great masters The Gateless Gate —forty-eight Zen koans to awaken the enlightened mind The 10 Bulls, or "Ox-Herding Pictures," depicting the ten stages of awareness Centering—a four-thousand-year-old Sanskrit text that may well be one of the roots of Zen thought

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay Gautam

    It's one of my all time favorites. I have read and re-read this book countless times. And I absolutely loved it every time I read! Zen Flesh and Zen Bones is a compilation of zen koans, and stories. A Koan is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning; and provoke enlightenment. What is the sound of clap by one hand? From a rational or intellectual perspective, it’s not easy to make sense of such a puzzle. Some It's one of my all time favorites. I have read and re-read this book countless times. And I absolutely loved it every time I read! Zen Flesh and Zen Bones is a compilation of zen koans, and stories. A Koan is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning; and provoke enlightenment. What is the sound of clap by one hand? From a rational or intellectual perspective, it’s not easy to make sense of such a puzzle. Some people would say a single hand not clapping against another could hardly make a sound. But practitioners of Zen would say trying to answer this question from an intellectual perspective would completely miss the point of this Zen koan. The question is to be experienced and dwelt on in a much more open, meditative manner that bypasses intellectual or realistic thought. Once you are able to not look at this as merely a question to be answered in a rational way, you may come close to finding your own answer. ................................................. The book is divided into four parts: 1). 101 Zen stories, transcribed by Nyogen, Senzaki, and Paul Reps: Its a miscellaneous collection of stories, parables, small statements. 2). The Gateless Gate by Mumon, transcribed by Nyogen, Senzaki, and Paul Reps: Is a collection of 48 Zen koans compiled in the early 13th century by the Chinese Zen master Mumon. Each koan is accompanied by a commentary and verse by Mumon. But this edition includes a 49th case composed by Anwan. 3). 10 Bulls by Kakuan, transcribed by Nyogen, Senzaki, and Paul Reps: Is a series of short poems and accompanying pictures used to illustrate the stages of a practitioner's progression towards the purification of the mind and satori (enlightenment). The 10 Bulls depict a journey, the goal of which is enlightenment. The bull is the eternal principle of life; one's true nature. 4). Centering by Paul Reps: It is the rendering of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra- a key text of the Trika school of Kashmir Shaivism. In this book it is cast as a discourse between the god Shiva and his consort Devi or Shakti; it briefly presents 112 meditation methods or centering techniques. These include several variants of breath awareness, concentration on various centers in the body, non-dual awareness, chanting, imagination and visualization and contemplation through each of the senses. It was introduced to the west by Swami Lakshman Joo, whose western associates included Paul Reps. .......................................... Highly Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Interpreting the meaning of Zen is difficult at the best of times, and from what I know of it, I’m not even sure that intellectualising it is the best way to go anyway. Therefore, I’m just going to list a couple of my favourite Zen kōans from the 101 Zen Stories, and then try to explain how they affect the way in which I attempt to live my life. The Moon Cannot be Stolen Ryokan, a Zen Master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the Interpreting the meaning of Zen is difficult at the best of times, and from what I know of it, I’m not even sure that intellectualising it is the best way to go anyway. Therefore, I’m just going to list a couple of my favourite Zen kōans from the 101 Zen Stories, and then try to explain how they affect the way in which I attempt to live my life. The Moon Cannot be Stolen Ryokan, a Zen Master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal. Ryokan returned and caught him. ‘You may have come a long way to visit me,’ he told the prowler, ‘and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.’ The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. ‘Poor fellow,’ he mused, ‘I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.’ Comment: This kōan is an example of the notion that only material earthly goods can be stolen, whereas spiritual and mental goods cannot. For example, a jealous man may kill another more talented man in order to steal his collection of authored books, but he will not be able to steal that man’s talent at writing these books. Bertrand Russell elaborates upon this notion quite adequately in his wonderful little book Political Ideals, where he attempts to explain his personal belief in the importance of discouraging possessiveness and encouraging creativity, so that people may be less likely to be enticed by acquiring transient goods which can be stolen from them, and instead be more focused upon acquiring meaningful goods and skills which cannot be stolen from them. Muddy Road Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. ‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. ‘We monks don’t go near females,’ he told Tanzan, ‘especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?’ ‘I left the girl there,’ said Tanzan. ‘Are you still carrying her?’ Comment: This kōan is excellent at dramatising just how focus and discipline are necessary for staying within the moment – thus avoiding distractions and temptations – and why it is so beneficial to do so. By regretfully ruminating upon things which have already happened and cannot be changed – including holding grudges against others for their alleged wrongdoing against one’s ego – one is unnecessarily wasting away one’s present moments.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sabio

    Zen is allusive. Zen uses too many unnecessary contradictions. But their hopes are that such techniques awake the deluded mind. Nonetheless, I think people just get heady about the writings and forget how simple buddhist psychology is. Thus they get intellectual and cute and use that as another blanket of self-deception. This has lots of fun stories, but it is not the Buddhism I am most fond of. I must say I have been tempted by such trips though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hákon Gunnarsson

    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a collection of three zen works, 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate and Ten Bulls. And one chapter from the pre-zen Rudrayamala Tantra. I think this is probably a good book for people that are interested in Zen Buddhism, and I do like reading it, but I don’t think I got a lot out of it. The first two works are Zen koans. I enjoy reading those, some I find funny, others interesting and understandable (which most likely means I got them wrong), but there is always a part of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a collection of three zen works, 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate and Ten Bulls. And one chapter from the pre-zen Rudrayamala Tantra. I think this is probably a good book for people that are interested in Zen Buddhism, and I do like reading it, but I don’t think I got a lot out of it. The first two works are Zen koans. I enjoy reading those, some I find funny, others interesting and understandable (which most likely means I got them wrong), but there is always a part of them which I find completely baffling. Still I go back to them now and again, just because I find some of them quite beautiful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    "My review/What I learned from this book?" I think the most appropriate answer would be "nothing". I think it's on my shelf if you want it. "My review/What I learned from this book?" I think the most appropriate answer would be "nothing". I think it's on my shelf if you want it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JT Neville

    One of my all time favorites. Every copy I own is well worn. I love how the stories don't state anything, but leave it up to you to interpret. The moon can not be stolen and A Parable are two of my favorites. http://books.google.com/books?id=m9CC... One of my all time favorites. Every copy I own is well worn. I love how the stories don't state anything, but leave it up to you to interpret. The moon can not be stolen and A Parable are two of my favorites. http://books.google.com/books?id=m9CC...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    One of the most influential books in my life. A treasure if you read it at the right time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikmaack

    Oh my god, this crap gets tiring really quickly. That which is up is down. That which is down is up. The pinecone is not a raspberry, unless the raspberry is also a pinecone. Does my fart have the Buddha nature? And so on. It reads like Monty Python you're meant to take seriously. "No, no -- it's not gibberish. It's DEEP." I think part of the problem is that it's so old. These stories are from another culture, another time. So it becomes a little self defeating. "Here, read this ancient Japanese Oh my god, this crap gets tiring really quickly. That which is up is down. That which is down is up. The pinecone is not a raspberry, unless the raspberry is also a pinecone. Does my fart have the Buddha nature? And so on. It reads like Monty Python you're meant to take seriously. "No, no -- it's not gibberish. It's DEEP." I think part of the problem is that it's so old. These stories are from another culture, another time. So it becomes a little self defeating. "Here, read this ancient Japanese parable. Okay, now, in order to understand this, I'm going to have to explain all of Buddhism and some ancient Chinese and Japanese history." Nope. Do it over. Take the parable and re-tell it in a modern context. Yes, this stuff has its value, but if you want to learn about zen and buddhism, this book isn't going to do it. It starts off as a light, enjoyable read. Then it slips into pretentiousness. And then I just couldn't keep reading. I gave up at around the BULL section, where each short section has an explanation following it. "What is zen?" is a section at the very back of the book. It gives a few different answers, and then says, "Another answer:" and leaves a big blank space. Ha ha, funny. Ha ha, profound. Ha ha, screw you. "Ah, but that you are so infuriated indicates that the book is working!" No, it doesn't. What does failure look like, in that case? Maybe the surest proof that this book is a success is if no one takes it off the shelf.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. really enjoyable koans that open your mind. My favorite is Temper; I have transcribed it below, sorry for any mistakes: A Zen student came to Bankei and complained: "Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it?" "You have something very strange," replied Bankei. "Let me see what you have." "Just now I cannot show it to you," replied the other. "When can you show it to me?" asked Bankei. "It arises unexpectedly," replied the student. "Then," concluded Bankei, "it must not be your own true nat really enjoyable koans that open your mind. My favorite is Temper; I have transcribed it below, sorry for any mistakes: A Zen student came to Bankei and complained: "Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it?" "You have something very strange," replied Bankei. "Let me see what you have." "Just now I cannot show it to you," replied the other. "When can you show it to me?" asked Bankei. "It arises unexpectedly," replied the student. "Then," concluded Bankei, "it must not be your own true nature. If it were, you could show it to me at any time. When you were born you did not have it, and your parents did not give it to you. Think that over."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Niamh

    This was a strange one. I found the Zen tales at times amazing - one sent shivers down my spine and utterly stopped my mind. The rest of the time I was puzzled, bemused and oddly infuriated! I loved the Kashmiri Shaivism text at the end - beautiful, concise, a lifetime's worth of wisdom teachings :) This was a strange one. I found the Zen tales at times amazing - one sent shivers down my spine and utterly stopped my mind. The rest of the time I was puzzled, bemused and oddly infuriated! I loved the Kashmiri Shaivism text at the end - beautiful, concise, a lifetime's worth of wisdom teachings :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nikolai

    Master Okama shows his student a walking stick. -Master: What is this? -Student: A walking stick? Master Okama cuts off the student's hand. -Master: Go away and darken my towels no more. Commentary: There is no stick. There is no hand. Whoever sees this clearly will play golf with Buddha today in The 34th Heaven. Master Okama shows his student a walking stick. -Master: What is this? -Student: A walking stick? Master Okama cuts off the student's hand. -Master: Go away and darken my towels no more. Commentary: There is no stick. There is no hand. Whoever sees this clearly will play golf with Buddha today in The 34th Heaven.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    I like it so far..., but I'm not to attached to it. I like it so far..., but I'm not to attached to it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    This was a great collection of Zen writings, which may or may not enlighten you on the subject. It did contain classic Zen stories and koans, and I really enjoyed reading it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Joyce

    I remember being quite inspired by this book, but details are sketchy. I'll have to give it a re-read, at some point. I remember being quite inspired by this book, but details are sketchy. I'll have to give it a re-read, at some point.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chetan Narang

    I finally understand why people like Alan Watts and Osho used to rave about this book being one of the best books on Zen. It’s a marvellous collection of ancient Zen texts - short, meaningful and often amusing stories, parables and conversations; and much more! An absolute delight!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ted

    18th book of 2020. An interesting collection of Zen writings, including: 101 Zen Stories - Such as: A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt. On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: 'After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.' Nobunaga ent 18th book of 2020. An interesting collection of Zen writings, including: 101 Zen Stories - Such as: A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt. On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: 'After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.' Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered a silent prayer. He came forth and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily. 'No one can change the hand of destiny,' his attendant told him after the battle. 'Indeed not,' said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way. The Gateless Gate -Such as: A monk told Joshu: 'I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.' Joshu asked: 'Have you eaten your rice porridge?' The monk replied: 'I have eaten.' Joshu said: 'Then you had better wash your bowl.' At that moment the monk was enlightened. 10 Bulls - Such as: I hear the song of the nightingale, The sun is warm, the wind is mild, willows are green along the shore, Here no bull can hide! What artist can draw that massive head, those majestic horns? Finally, Centreing (112 Shiva answers to Diva's Questions) - Such as: 50. At the point of sleep when sleep has not yet come and eternal wakefulness vanishes, at this point being is revealed. 101. When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question, but remain centred.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joan DeArtemis

    You do not need to be a Buddhist for this book to work its magic on you. All you need is an open mind, and the desire to find a more peaceful way to be in the world. Here is how I use this book: Every morning, before I even get dressed, I light a stick of Japanese incense and read a single koan. I sit and meditate on that koan for some period of time (often only 5 minutes), and then I go about my day. But, I try to remember that koan, and I think about it all day. I try to find ways that this day You do not need to be a Buddhist for this book to work its magic on you. All you need is an open mind, and the desire to find a more peaceful way to be in the world. Here is how I use this book: Every morning, before I even get dressed, I light a stick of Japanese incense and read a single koan. I sit and meditate on that koan for some period of time (often only 5 minutes), and then I go about my day. But, I try to remember that koan, and I think about it all day. I try to find ways that this day's koan is manifest in my life. I have read this book 3 times. Every time, I come out the end as a healthier, more balanced individual. I know some people become frustrated with this book because, they say, it doesn't make any sense. Yes it does. Just assume it does, and assume that you don't understand it YET. That is how it works. BTW, I actually finished this months ago, I just forgot to update Goodreads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    W.B.

    Start anywhere and begin losing. It feels so healthy after a while. Thank you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandman

    Wonderous and allusive, like Zen itself.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Atul Pandey

    Either it's the simplicity or my immaturity ....some of the stories resonated but others just flew by still i haven't internalized but i will give time for the seed to mature !! Either it's the simplicity or my immaturity ....some of the stories resonated but others just flew by still i haven't internalized but i will give time for the seed to mature !!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Robertson

    One does not move without zen in that zen moves within you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    If you want to dive into actual stories of Zen masters, to understand what they think, what their experience is, you'll read this one more than once. If you want to dive into actual stories of Zen masters, to understand what they think, what their experience is, you'll read this one more than once.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suba

    This book has in one way or another whispered itself into American culture with its Zen stories and pithy teachings. The very first story we get is a cup too full – how are we to receive when we are filled with opinions and beliefs. Another classical story from this collection is of the two monks walking down a path and one helps a lady. After a while the other monk asked the first why he touched the pretty lady, and the first monk replies, I left the girl back there, "are you still carrying her This book has in one way or another whispered itself into American culture with its Zen stories and pithy teachings. The very first story we get is a cup too full – how are we to receive when we are filled with opinions and beliefs. Another classical story from this collection is of the two monks walking down a path and one helps a lady. After a while the other monk asked the first why he touched the pretty lady, and the first monk replies, I left the girl back there, "are you still carrying her?" (34). To me this is an amazing teaching as it helps us see how we hold onto things. Even if we screw up, there is no point in carrying the weight, it is best to acknowledge what happen and then move on. I can go on about all the beautiful stories in this book and how they have impacted my life, but I suggest you buy the book and find out for yourself. Below are some things I have learned from reading these stories: Be open Be true no matter what Honesty Simplicity Giving Selfless Letting Go Living life fully Doing what we are doing Being fully present and aware: in other words, paying attention to everything we do Don't worry about the past or get fixated on the future, be here now Empty mind – free from distractions, getting caught up, rippled, and so on Stop striving, searching, reaching, grasping, clinging, obsessing, attaching Don't give up Trust See depths and heights within the mundane Genuinely wishing others well Be light and have humor: enjoy life Have compassion, free oneself of judgment Heaven and hell are a states of mind Thankfulness Emptiness and Materiality are states of mind Even the Buddha is an obstacle – cut him down (116) Don't cling to the teachings, the finger (119) Mind/Body are one and the same The right moment is right now Let things arise and fall as they naturally do – don't interfere A Good Day (43) Start fresh, meditate and center yourself Eat in a balanced way Moderation and simplicity No difference between being alone or with company Impeccable with the word Do what you say Don't miss opportunities, think before acting No regret Be fearless and loving When sleeping, sleep deep and sleep well When waking, rise like a child on Christmas

  24. 5 out of 5

    Goran Powell

    A collection of classic short pieces on Zen – often no more than a paragraph or two – which offer a good insight into the enigmatic nature of Zen writing. The book begins with 101 brief Zen stories, followed by the ‘Gateless Gate’ a further collection of thoughts, anecdotes, parables and Koans (Zen puzzles) designed to attune the student’s mind to enlightenment. The classic ‘10 Bulls’ is also featured – an illustrated account of a bull-hunt that symbolises the ascending stages of awareness – as A collection of classic short pieces on Zen – often no more than a paragraph or two – which offer a good insight into the enigmatic nature of Zen writing. The book begins with 101 brief Zen stories, followed by the ‘Gateless Gate’ a further collection of thoughts, anecdotes, parables and Koans (Zen puzzles) designed to attune the student’s mind to enlightenment. The classic ‘10 Bulls’ is also featured – an illustrated account of a bull-hunt that symbolises the ascending stages of awareness – as is a translation of an ancient Sanskrit text in which Shiva offers 112 ways to open the invisible door of consciousness. The book ends with the question: ‘What is Zen? In one answer, a fish goes to a queen fish and asks ‘I have always heard about the sea, but what is this sea? Where is it?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Admittedly: I would NEVER have picked this book up on my own. Never. But one of my good friends at school gave it to me to read and told me it was one of his favorites. We are in the habit of talking about books a lot and reading similar things so I read this as an act of friendship. As a Christian, there is an immediate, significant worldview dissonance with Zen/Buddhism so there's really no way this reading could have gone well for me. But just generally speaking, I found it to be a very unenj Admittedly: I would NEVER have picked this book up on my own. Never. But one of my good friends at school gave it to me to read and told me it was one of his favorites. We are in the habit of talking about books a lot and reading similar things so I read this as an act of friendship. As a Christian, there is an immediate, significant worldview dissonance with Zen/Buddhism so there's really no way this reading could have gone well for me. But just generally speaking, I found it to be a very unenjoyable reading experience-- I had NO IDEA what anything meant for about 80-85% of the book. It literally just felt like random words and sentences strung together.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Just as the subtitle says, this book is divided into four parts, each expressing Zen Buddhist writing in a different format. I have read a fair amount of writing on or about Zen, and this is probably the only book I would strongly recommend to everyone interested. The only other book on this caliber would be The Zen Monastic Experience, but that was not about Zen literature but Zen monks' lifestyle and practice. One of my former coworkers gave this to me as a going away gift, saying it changed h Just as the subtitle says, this book is divided into four parts, each expressing Zen Buddhist writing in a different format. I have read a fair amount of writing on or about Zen, and this is probably the only book I would strongly recommend to everyone interested. The only other book on this caliber would be The Zen Monastic Experience, but that was not about Zen literature but Zen monks' lifestyle and practice. One of my former coworkers gave this to me as a going away gift, saying it changed his life when he first read it decades ago. It held up well for him, and I can see why.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer R.

    I am not a student of Zen, but I enjoyed this collection. I recently took it on a bike tour with my partner, and we read from the 101 Zen Stories and The Gateless Gate together in the evenings. What we read left us both in a state of wonder and curiosity - and sometimes laughter and puzzlement. There aren't any interpretations in this book. No philosophical musings, no preaching or teaching. There are stories of book burnings, cat heads, irritable nuns, clueless intellectuals, and stingy artists I am not a student of Zen, but I enjoyed this collection. I recently took it on a bike tour with my partner, and we read from the 101 Zen Stories and The Gateless Gate together in the evenings. What we read left us both in a state of wonder and curiosity - and sometimes laughter and puzzlement. There aren't any interpretations in this book. No philosophical musings, no preaching or teaching. There are stories of book burnings, cat heads, irritable nuns, clueless intellectuals, and stingy artists. You might like it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Darrah

    Sometimes less is more. This collection of stories, koans, and teachings provides a glimpse of Zen to English readers without adornment. Elegant and confounding in its simplicity, this book shares the experiences of Zen, stages of awareness, and mind puzzles to prompt awareness beyond words. The editors have wisely refrained from attempting to draw universal conclusions providing their insights or personal directives. The book is a treasure. It's only 224 pages long but provides material for a li Sometimes less is more. This collection of stories, koans, and teachings provides a glimpse of Zen to English readers without adornment. Elegant and confounding in its simplicity, this book shares the experiences of Zen, stages of awareness, and mind puzzles to prompt awareness beyond words. The editors have wisely refrained from attempting to draw universal conclusions providing their insights or personal directives. The book is a treasure. It's only 224 pages long but provides material for a lifetime.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Malley

    Not that Zen fits in a book, but this is the best work I've ever found on the subject. The hardcover, boxed-set presentation seems a bit much for me, but maybe that's just because I still remember the battered old paperback edition I carted around everywhere until some long-ago girlfriend 'borrowed' it. There was something lovely and humble about that paperback, more fitting with the book's parables and lessons. Not that Zen fits in a book, but this is the best work I've ever found on the subject. The hardcover, boxed-set presentation seems a bit much for me, but maybe that's just because I still remember the battered old paperback edition I carted around everywhere until some long-ago girlfriend 'borrowed' it. There was something lovely and humble about that paperback, more fitting with the book's parables and lessons.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    Great bathroom reading for those times you want to contemplate lessons of the mind and right living. It is arranged in tiny vignettes and dialogues. The book is densely packed with insight. Many of the little stories will be familiar such as "The Muddy Road" (I put her down on the road, why are you still carrying her.), "A Cup of Tea" (You can't fill a cup that is already full.) "Trading Dialogue for Lodging" (gestalt of meaning / distorted perception) Highly recommended. Great bathroom reading for those times you want to contemplate lessons of the mind and right living. It is arranged in tiny vignettes and dialogues. The book is densely packed with insight. Many of the little stories will be familiar such as "The Muddy Road" (I put her down on the road, why are you still carrying her.), "A Cup of Tea" (You can't fill a cup that is already full.) "Trading Dialogue for Lodging" (gestalt of meaning / distorted perception) Highly recommended.

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