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AWAKENING TO ZEN: The Teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau Hardcover – March 11, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (March 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

You could call him the first patriarch of Zen in America, and American he is. The beauty of Awakening to Zen is Philip Kapleau's attention to the concerns of a Western seeker. Using examples as diverse as Vladimir Horowitz, the Rocky Mountains, and a common wristwatch, Kapleau answers questions about Zen in a compassionate, readily accessible way. His decades as head of an American Zen monastery, not to mention his broad-reading and sharp intellect, yield an abundance of valuable guidance for a Westerner who struggles with Zen's foreignness.

From Library Journal

This book would be a significant addition to any library for three reasons. First, it is a collection of teachings on Zen (previously published but in specialized works without broad exposure) by Kapleau, whose Three Pillars of Zen (LJ 6/1/66) became a classic. Second, the wide range of subjects covered makes it especially useful for understanding the perspective of Zen on several issues of great interest, including sex, drugs, dying, our relationship with animals, and common impediments to Zen practice. Third, Kapleau's presentation of Zen concepts and their implications is so interestingly and clearly done that the reader is able to understand some basic but complex Zen concepts. Major points are illustrated by stories, examples, or koans, which make for engaging reading. Highly recommended for any library wishing to enrich its collection on Zen Buddhism.?David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernadino
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was prepared to not like "Awakening to Zen" when it was given to me by one of my students. I was happily suprised to find the best book I had ever read on Zen Buddhism. Kapleau-Roshi addressed the concerns of the Western Zen Sangha, while stil maintaining a traditional Zen outlook. On a scale of 1-5, this could only be rated a ten!! Extremely Highly Recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Kapleau Roshi has out done himself."Three Pillars of Zen" has always been the Zen Bible. "Awakening to Zen"is a perfect companion. Easy to understand, The Roshi writes for everyone, so everyone can be touched by the beauty of a Zen life. Thank you Sir!
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By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2014
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This is a great book with content that any person could appreciate and apply to thirty life, I see myself buying plenty of copies for friends and family members.
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By Bill Thompson on December 23, 2012
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A great book for deepening your understanding of Zen. An excellent companion to Kapleau's The Three Pillars of Zen and Aitken's Taking The Path O Zen.
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I'm familiar with the author from my colleges days and purchased these additional titles to read this fall and winter. The Three Pillars of Zen was read in college as part of a core curriculum on World Religions. I adhere to my Zen practice and believe these titles will enhance more understanding.
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