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Zen Master Raven: Sayings and Doings of a Wise Bird Paperback – October 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st edition (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804834733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834735
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this book as a gift, and read it cover to cover in about forty minutes.
John F. Jamele
I love this book it's the perfect addition for anyone interested in Zen as well as eastern culture.
Carey Kneer
I go back to this book again and again and always feel like I've learned something new.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ken Baker on November 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a delight. ... Finest value for my dollar of any purchase I can recall making. I am now on my fourth reading, and see no reason to stop. Aitken Roshi has given us a compendium of dozens of original American koans--or as the animals say, "turning points." Raven hears the story of Shakyamuni's realization when looking up to see the morning star from beneath the Bodhi tree. Raven somehow feels something is missing. What?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Thiesen on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
How to comment on a book of Koans? For me it seems this book contains the essence of Aitken Roshi's teachings. This is not a soft Zen book, musing about the Zen-of-whatever. It is something quite different, a work book pointing "beyond the beyond".

The little drops in my eyes bow to Raven and Porcupine and thank them, with a smile, for sharing the punch line.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I appreciate Robert Aitken much more after reading this unique little creation of his. And I think you will, too, if you have some familiarity of Zen practice. The book consists of connected succinct stories that refreshingly present key realizations in Zen Buddhism -- without the usual old Chinese or Japanese monks.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in Zen - This book is excellent.
If you are not interested in Zen - This book is hilarious.
If you want to confuse you philosophy professor - This book is perfect.
If you are stoned outta your phreakin mind - This book makes PERFECT sense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Huntington Zen on January 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Appropriately raw, weird, and compelling, this is the one of the most pure and authentic texts to emerge from the nascent Zen tradition of the West. On the other hand, it may be complete nonsense. Either way, this stays in the book pile next to my bed for a few years at least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simone Blomberg on February 7, 2007
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This is a beautiful little book. I've read a few Zen books by Japanese, Korean, and American Zen teachers, and I think this book captures the spirit of Zen as much as any book can. It doesn't take long to read, but it shows how Zen can become the practice of a lifetime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Rosage on January 11, 2007
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I greatly enjoyed this little book and often return to it, randomly picking a page or two to reread. I am new to Zen, but I find it complements my Taoist philosophy and this book is both enjoyable and challenging in a very natural way. A 'wise bird' indeed.
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