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The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment Paperback – 27 February 1989
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"The Three Pillars of Zen heralded the end of armchair Buddhism. With this practical guide to Zen meditation, Roshi Kapleau ushered in the first wave of American zazen practitioners. It was extraordinarily inspiring. It still is." —Helen Tworkov, founding editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and author of Zen in America
"For over thirty years Roshi Kapleau's Three Pillars of Zen has been the wellspring of Zen teachings for practitioners in the West, remaining as vital and fresh today as it was when it was originally published. It truly ranks among the timeless classics of Zen Buddhism." —Roshi John Daido Loori, Abbot, Zen Mountain Monastery
"For anyone seriously interested in Zen—this book will be invaluable." —The Times Literary Supplement (London)
From the Publisher
- Publisher : RHUS; Revised, Updated, Anniversary edition (27 February 1989)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385260938
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385260930
- Item Weight : 431 g
- Dimensions : 13.08 x 2.41 x 20.27 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book deals mostly in the how the practice of zazen works, the codes of conduct, the methods to practice, as in the 'way' of Zen, some parts deal with history of Zen derived from the author's experience (some from the D.T Suzuki's works) and second half of the book mainly deals with philosophy of Zen, which is usually tricky to grasp, as they are over-contemplation of 'koans' and the origin of such and such. (Zen is a complex philosophy of 'the core of simplicity' anyways, explaining Zen would defeat the purpose of truly being mindful of it. So one may treat any Zen texts delicately, to incorporate in daily life; rather than a tool of intellectual conquest)
Book's quality: Very good, feels original.