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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings (1957)

by Paul Reps, Mumon Ekai, Kakuan, Lakshmanjoo, Nyogen Senzaki (Translator)

Other authors: Tomikichiro Tokuriki (Illustrator)

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  FreeBeard | Jul 26, 2013 |
Very stimulating collection of Zen stories which may mock
anything including other Zen traditions Some tales are interesting as stories as well as for their religious content. ( )
3 vote antiquary | Jan 4, 2008 |
Charming and as deep as you want it to be.
  Black_samvara | Oct 17, 2007 |
Three Zen Buddhists call into a bar....no, not those kinds of stories, but these are tales of wisdom and sometimes stupidity, but only the wisest of stupidities.

Perhaps if you wanted to "Learn" zen this is the best way...you can only do it by these stories, not by theory. ( )
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Paul Repsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ekai, Mumonmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kakuanmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lakshmanjoomain authorall editionsconfirmed
Senzaki, NyogenTranslatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Tokuriki, TomikichiroIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to enquire about Zen.
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When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question, but remain centred.
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If Zen had such things as scriptures, this collection of Zen and pre-Zen writings might claim to constitute them

Here in one volume are gathered the experiences of Zen, the mind problems and the stages of awareness, together with similar teachings which are centuries older than Zen. These passages take the reader deep into everyday living towards the very source of being.

The first book, "101 Zen Stories", shadows the experience of Zen masters and students during the past seven hundred years in their search for satori or enlightenments. The second book, "The Gateless Gate", is the famous Mumonkon, a collection of problems used by Zen teachers to guide their students towards release, while "Ten Bulls", which is illustrated by one of Japan's leading woodblock artists, contains a commentary on the stages of awareness along the path to enlightenment. "Centering", the fourth book, is a transcription from Sanskrit of an ancient teaching which still survives in Kashmir and may well be the origin of Zen.
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When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as strong today as ever.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen.

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With over one million copies sold fifty years after its first printing, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones has inspired countless lives. Hailed as the most profound religious philosophy ever, this farreaching system of aesthetics truly tackles the question: What is Zen? Zen Flesh, Zen Boneshas been sharing wisdom and enlightenment with readers since 1957. An inspirational four-books-in-one volume at your fingertips, this collection of Zen and pre-Zen writings includes: 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen. A lovely gift, share the inspiration and enlightenment found in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones with someone you love.… (more)

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