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Zen Action: Zen Person Paperback – February 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0824810238 ISBN-10: 0824810236

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824810236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824810238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book I received is missing chapter 3.
Robert
As a mere amateur, who nevertheless found the Kasulis extraordinarily interesting, I'll have to content myself here with describing its contents.
tepi
I've read many studies on Zen - primary readings, secondary readings, contextual studies -- and this book ranks among the finest.
Charles Comer

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By tepi on June 2, 2001
Some years ago I undertook a fairly extensive program of reading in Zen. Most of my Zen books have since disappeared. Only the choicest remain, among which is the Kasulis.
For those who have assimilated their D. T. Suzuki and Alan Watts, who have substantial portions of the Prajnaparamita, Dogen, Hakuin, and Bankei under their belt, as well as a smattering of the great Chinese Masters such as Seng-ts'an, and who are now ready to get their teeth into some really deep analysis, I can heartily recommend 'Zen Action, Zen Person.'
Its author, T. P. Kasulis, is a professional American philosopher who has trained in both Chinese and Japanese, in the Asian thought which preceded the development of Zen, and in Zen practice - essential requirements for anyone who wishes to really come to grips with the profound and sophisticated approach to reality that we refer to as Zen. Although, at just 177 pages, his book isn't a big book, it holds far more in its pages than many a much bigger one.
It would take a professional student of philosophy, someone who was well up, not only on Asian thought, but also on such philosophers as Heidegger, to really do justice to this book. As a mere amateur, who nevertheless found the Kasulis extraordinarily interesting, I'll have to content myself here with describing its contents. The book falls into three parts:
PART I / THE CONTEXT OF NOTHINGNESS. Chapter 1. The Cultural Setting : Context and Personal Meaning. 2. Nagarjuna : The Logic of Emptiness. 3. Chinese Taoism : The Pre-ontology of Nonbeing. 4. No-Mind : The Zen Response to Nothingness.
PART II / PERSONAL MEANING IN ZEN PRACTICE. 5. Zen and Reality. 6. Dogen's Phenomenology of Zazen. 7. Dogen : Person as Presence. 8. Hakuin : The Psychodynamics of Zen Training.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Comer on August 9, 2012
I've read many studies on Zen - primary readings, secondary readings, contextual studies -- and this book ranks among the finest. I have kept this in my cycle of frequently referenced books for well over fifteen years. This is not for the beginner, however, and a solid base in western philosophy, particularly Heidegger, is very helpful. A working understanding of Daoism may also be helpful. I have taught Asian thought for some years now, and the most difficult block for western students is approaching philosophies such as Daoism and Zen -- and really all of Chinese thought -- on their own terms and not through the epistemology and metaphysics common to western philosophy since Plato. Kasulis eases us into this manner of thought through ideas that are more familiar until finally we can understand why, after Zen insight, mountains are really mountains, and rivers are really rivers.
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The book I received is missing chapter 3. Not that it was torn out, it is in perfect condition. Just a misspent POS addition that isn't worth the paper it's made from. Quality control, just buy this one from a real store.
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By Eduardo Cuellar on April 30, 2014
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A philosopher's attempt to present Zen, Nagarjuna's emptiness, and Dogen's and Hakuin's thought. Philosophers will appreciate the methods taken, and those with an interest in Zen will benefit from the very intellectual approach to explaining something typically thought of as "anti-intellectual."
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By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2013
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The most insightful account of Buddhist thought. Opens a door to the western educated, putting the philosophy and psychology into context. 13th century asian thought dwarfs western philosophy for centuries to come.
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