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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roshi Philip Kapleau Narrator: Bodhin Kjolhede and Sunya Kjolhede Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No other Eastern religious tradition has influenced Western thought more than Zen Buddhism. This collection contains the luminous essays and lectures of contemporary Zen masters, as well as several personal accounts of the experience of enlightenment. Since 1965, this pioneering classic has had a profound impact on the development of Zen in the West, inspiring countless Westerners to undertake Zen practice. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stewart Dorward | 1/16/2014

    " The practical nature of the first part is inspiring. Up to page 161 covers a small group of short talks on very useful points such as delusions that can be experienced in sitting, types of sitting, motivation in sitting and so on. This is followed by a series of transcripts of interviews between teacher and student during a sesshin - it functions like FAQs of zazen. However, the struggles of these students are quite inspiring - real questions, issues and problems and how they are faced or not by the individual. This is followed by a selection of letters that show how the experiences described today are very similar to those of earlier 'sitters'. This pattern is repeated with experiences of those who have gained some degree of enlightenment. My only real criticism is that the focus is almost entirely on those who have been enlightened using koans, especially 'Mu'. This makes the reader feel that the type of full on spiritual warfare described by these sitters is the only way to move forward. Some interviews with those who practice shikantaza would have balanced things a little. Indeed - at the start of the book several types of zazen are mentioned but only the kensho seekers get highlighted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lawrence Barrow | 1/15/2014

    " This classic -- see photos. For a picture of a young Tangen Roshi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Payden | 1/9/2014

    " to write a review on a book about zen, just isn't zen. but philip did an excellent job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Travis Hoopz | 1/7/2014

    " I've read this over and over, and I still need to read it over and over. "

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