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The Way of Zen Paperback – Illustrated, January 26, 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 817 ratings

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After D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts stands as the godfather of Zen in America. Often taken to task for inspiring the flimsy spontaneity of Beat Zen, Watts had an undeniably keen understanding of his subject. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1957 classic The Way of Zen, which has been reissued. Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism's course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism's marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen's unique expression in Japanese art and life. As a Westerner, Watts anticipates the stumbling blocks encountered with such concepts as emptiness and no-mind, then illustrates with flawlessly apt examples. Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts' time, but few have been able to muster the rare combination of erudition and clarity that have kept The Way of Zen in readers' hands decade after decade. --Brian Bruya

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“Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’”
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  • Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0375705104
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375705106
  • Product Dimensions : 5.17 x 0.51 x 7.96 inches
  • Publisher : Vintage; Illustrated Edition (January 26, 1999)
  • Language: : English
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