I think that the value of this book lies in its ability to make Zen complex enough to understand (sounds ridiculous but its true).
This is one you can really take something from, it has inspired me to stop just reading about Zen and actually start practicing on daily basis.
I have read many books on the subject of Buddhism and Zen and this one, by far, is the most accessible, most encompassing book you'll find.
I find myself returning to this book again and again. On a difficult day, it is a balm to my troubled mind. Bluntly, it is not evident why this book would have a soothing effect. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Foolish Perfectionist
possibly the best book i've ever read. so comprehensive, revolutionary, intelligent, practical.Published 7 months ago by Sean
This is a book of philosophy, mostly dealing with western philosophical history and then moving to Buddhism which the author seems to think is a cure for the faults of western... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Walker
In To Meet the Real Dragon, Gudo Nishijima, Zen priest and translator of Master Dogen's Shobogenzo, writes a deceptively simple guide for the Western student of Buddhism. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eileen Corder
Gives a very in depth understanding of various ideologies . Do not take this as a typical buddist book , this has theories more than that .Published on April 8, 2013 by Ravindra Uttaravalli
Very well written and clear. I am a 15 year practitioner and this made me think.I wish I'd found it earlier in my practice - I think it would be great for beginners to this... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Anne V. Weisbrod
This is what the sages and patriarchs warned about when they stated:"Great doubt great enlightenment, small doubt small enlightenment". Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Master Jason Argos
This book and along with Kosho Uchiyama's "Opening the Hand of Thought" (in my opinion) are the only 2 books one has to read to truly understand Zen. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Tony H.
I loved this book, I have read many books on Zen Buddhism but, this is my favorite at the moment. I highly regard Master Nishijima and his clear and lucid writing. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by IslandZen