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Zen & the Ways Paperback – December 15, 1989
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His presentation always seems more real-world to me than either the new age instant enlightenment types or those who donned the saffron robes and turned away from the outside world. Except to teach the occasional five hundred dollar weekend seminar.
He begins the book by launching into an explanation of koan zen; he compares it to case law and makes some informative distinctions between advanced practice and the necessary first step of understanding the basic principals. It's one of the few such explanations I've ever read that made me feel like I understood something about why koans exist and how they spun out of meditation practice and a search for the truth.
Leggett bases his presentation on concrete examples and life experience. He illuminates a universal quality of zen as a tool to solve problems that seems like a more real bridge between East and West than many of the other books I've read on Asian spiritual practice.
I go to Leggett's books in the same way that I sometimes go to the Bible; when I need a fresh insight or a solid reminder, during times of crisis, of the basic spiritual principles that I want to live by.