- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Weatherhill; 1st edition (July 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0834802724
- ISBN-13: 978-0834802728
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Zen Eye: A Collection of Zen Talks Paperback – July, 1993
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Sokei-an comes across being completely authentic, yet at the same time, unpretentious, without any airs. He seems utterly at home in America.Read more ›
His kind of Zen may have vanished from the earth; or may linger in obscure temples in Japan. He talks about himself, his early life, his training and his spiritual experiences frankly and directly, always calling to mind the long-vanished Japan chronicled by Lafcadio Hearn. Sometimes his attitudes are disturbing: a phenomenon often noticed when Japanese speak frankly to Westerners. (No doubt the converse is equally true.)
These are Dharma Talks given to New Yorkers interested in Buddhism, not records of Zen instruction strictly speaking. A variety of subjects are covered; only a part of the book could be labelled "Meditation" or even "Buddhism." But among the casual talk are some teachings that move me as deeply as anything I have ever read. If you want to sample the book, read the chapter called "The Transcendental World".
"The Zen Eye" grows with reading and re-reading. When you put it down you have the sense of emerging from a corona of light. I don't know if Sokei-an was "Enlightened", but I can tell he lived in a place I would like to get to, from which I'm always eager to hear messages. This quiet book would suit those beginning on Zen, but I recommend it to anyone, at any level.
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Sokei-an has a knack for taking abstract, eastern concepts and translating them into something that western minds can understand. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Steven L. Gatlin