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Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans…

Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans to Bring You Joy

by John Tarrant

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The book seeks to help the reader study koans without the help of a Zen master. This is a lofty goal and, I'm afraid, the goal was not quite achieved. John Tarrant's writing style was very warm and instructive and reading the book was quite easy. He captured the challenge of working with koans well. Unfortunately, I think individual experiences in working with the koans vary too much for a book to be as much help as an actual person could be. If Tarrant starts a correspondence course for people with Zen Koans, I'll be the first to sign up!This aside, I feel like this book is the probably the best introduction on the subject of koans a person can find! ( )
  catherar | May 5, 2011 |
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ZEN BUDDHISM. "Bring Me the Rhinoceros" is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells fourteen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don't have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or time.… (more)

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