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The Three Pillars of Zen, 25th Anniversary Updated and Revised Edition Paperback – February 27, 1989
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"The Three Pillars of Zen is still, in my opinion, the best book in English that has been written on Zen Buddhism." —Huston Smith, author of The Worlds' Religions and Forgotten Truth
"The Three Pillars of Zen heralded the end of armchair Buddhism. With this practical guide to Zen meditation, Roshi Kapleau ushered in the first wave of American zazen practitioners. It was extraordinarily inspiring. It still is." —Helen Tworkov, founding editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and author of Zen in America
"For over thirty years Roshi Kapleau's Three Pillars of Zen has been the wellspring of Zen teachings for practitioners in the West, remaining as vital and fresh today as it was when it was originally published. It truly ranks among the timeless classics of Zen Buddhism." —Roshi John Daido Loori, Abbot, Zen Mountain Monastery
"For anyone seriously interested in Zen—this book will be invaluable." —The Times Literary Supplement (London)
Text: English, Japanese (translation)
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Then you only need to find your own way to self-realization: there is no you, therefore, be compassionate.
This book clearly explains how zen is practiced and taught.
It also gives modest instruction on meditation and koan study. With diagrams and detailed posture instructions.
A really amazing thing is that it gives actual conversations (dokusan) between students and the roshi! Ive never seen these before. After reading these one understands how zen is practiced in sesshin.
It also gives enlightenment experiences of practitioners.
Also this lineage is both soto and rinzai which is really great because it displays the full arsenal of zen teachings without leaning to hard on just shikantaza or just koans. Oddly enough this makes this school unique but in reality the soto school used to teach more like this but for some reason decided to drop kensho focused koan study in the 1800's.
I fully recommend this book ESPECIALLY as an intro to zen!!!
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Read the first 34 pages and put it away.
First my experiences with zazen.Read more