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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Reps Narrator: Peter Coyote Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Zen is a way of life, a religion, and an aesthetic, as well as one of the oldest and most profound religious philosophies in the world. This program presents selections from some of the best-known works in the Zen canon. 101 Zen Stories recounts actual experiences with Zen spanning five centuries. The Gateless Gate is a 13th-century collection of mind problems used in the practice of Zen. 10 Bulls is a 12th-century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment.

What is Zen? Listen to Paul Reps' compilation for the answer. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Osthoff | 2/8/2014

    " I wore out my first copy rereading this over the years, so I bought a second copy to replace it. This collection of Zen and Pre-Zen aphorisms is enlightening and entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helen | 1/31/2014

    " VERY disappointing. Violently abusive masters hypocritically venerated as great teachers! Put it down when one committed murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adil | 1/29/2014

    " "It has been said that if you have Zen in your life, you have no fear, no doubt, no unnecessary craving, no extreme emotion. Neither illiberal attitudes nor egotistical actions trouble you. You serve humanity humbly, fulfilling your presence in this world with loving-kindness and observing your passing as a petal falling from a flower." (p. 18 of the 1970 edition). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/27/2014

    " I have a small pocket version of this text. It is one of the few books that I read over and over again. I love the simple wisdom and the stories that make life so much more clear. I love the sayings that don't make any sense or those that do but only if I don't concentrate very hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/23/2014

    " One of my favorite all-time books. Just read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/21/2014

    " read it long ago...it sticks with you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Pallas | 1/21/2014

    " I have read this book over and over. I actually have a tattoo from the book, the self catching the bull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Davis | 1/15/2014

    " This anthology of Zen stories and quotes was my first exposure to Buddhist ideas. I read it in High School and it had a huge impact on my way of thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/9/2014

    " My first book on Zen and still a great book to just pick up and start reading anywhere. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 12/31/2013

    " ENTERED BY MISTAKE. i DID NOT READ IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobey | 12/29/2013

    " The source of all the good koans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilli | 10/17/2013

    " this is a lovely book of things that make you go hmhmhm... it is a great pocket book to carry along with when you just have a couple of minutes to read a ditty or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Bauer | 9/28/2013

    " one of the most influential books in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Jolly | 6/18/2013

    " Very cool collection of Zen stuff, though it has alot of the same stories as other collections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 2/26/2013

    " Book 61 2012 Reading Challenge -- a terrific collection of Zen stories and koans. Old collections republished. A keeper for my Buddhist Literature shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 2/2/2013

    " Very nice collection. Highly enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 11/15/2012

    " This is another book that I keep in my desk drawer at work. I try to read a few pages each day. If you're new to Zen Buddhism, this is a good place to start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Linzey | 9/4/2012

    " was destroyed in the flood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JuliAnna | 6/9/2012

    " An intriguing book, if not a sound introduction to Zen Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 11/18/2011

    " The hijinks of these crazy monks make good bedtime stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 10/25/2011

    " Loved it full of great stories and lessons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/4/2011

    " This book has not left my side for 12 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 5/1/2011

    " Delightful and baffling in equal measure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " VERY disappointing. Violently abusive masters hypocritically venerated as great teachers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 3/21/2011

    " This is an xcellent exploration of zen thought without being overly philosophical (as many other titles tend to be). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sal | 3/2/2011

    " A great introduction to Zen using stories, anecdotes, koans of Zen literature, and drawings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie | 1/10/2011

    " I like Paul. i worked with him several years at Tassajara, his stories are GREAT. the book is good and worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phopping | 11/20/2010

    " some of the poems are just wonderful but really this seems to be a hard-core zen text. many of the koans are filled with meanings that i am not able to discern. i stuck with it so that i would not miss any of the gems that are present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/7/2010

    " Stories to make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 9/28/2010

    " A small yet great collection of zen writings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/9/2010

    " read it long ago...it sticks with you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celestial | 5/31/2010

    " predictably a bit vague, but some very sharp 'commonsense' in this zen.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/16/2010

    " One of my favorite all-time books. Just read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 11/23/2009

    " Very nice collection. Highly enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/22/2009

    " This anthology of Zen stories and quotes was my first exposure to Buddhist ideas. I read it in High School and it had a huge impact on my way of thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 11/11/2009

    " "to learn zen, first you must empty your cup"
    ommmmmmm..... "

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