The Compass of Zen

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The Compass of Zen is a simple, exhaustive?and often hilarious?presentation of the essence of Zen by a modern Zen Master of considerable renown. In his many years of teaching throughout the world, the Korean-born Zen Master Seung Sahn has become known for his ability to cut to the heart of Buddhist teaching in a way that is strikingly clear, yet free of esoteric and academic language. In this book, based largely on his talks, he presents the basic teachings of Buddhism and Zen in a way that is wonderfully ...
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Overview

The Compass of Zen is a simple, exhaustive—and often hilarious—presentation of the essence of Zen by a modern Zen Master of considerable renown. In his many years of teaching throughout the world, the Korean-born Zen Master Seung Sahn has become known for his ability to cut to the heart of Buddhist teaching in a way that is strikingly clear, yet free of esoteric and academic language. In this book, based largely on his talks, he presents the basic teachings of Buddhism and Zen in a way that is wonderfully accessible for beginners—yet so rich with stories, insights, and personal experiences that long-time meditation students will also find it a source of inspiration and a resource for study.
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"An entertaining and even amusing survey of the varied flavors of Buddhism appears in The Compass of Zen, by Seung Sahn. Based upon his talks, this book presents the basic questions in many short, accessible chapters woven around anecdotes and dialogues. From the Four Noble Truths to the Five Human Dreams, this book seems to cover the whole mathematics of insight."—Michael Sims, Bookpage

"Like two arrows meeting in the air, this extraordinary book meets the mind point. Please relax and enjoy it."—Joan Halifax, author of The Fruitful Darkness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623295
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 382,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927–2004) was the first teacher to bring Korean Zen Buddhism to America, having already established temples in Japan and Hong Kong. In 1972 he came to the United States and started what became the Providence Zen Center, the first center in what is now the Kwan Um School of Zen, which now includes more than eighty centers and groups worldwide. His students called him Dae Soen Sa Nim, "Great Honored Zen Teacher," and he was the 78th Zen master in his line of dharma transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. His books include The Compass of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, Only Don't Know, and The Whole World Is a Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    This book always makes me think of the Laughing Buddha! Sahn bri

    This book always makes me think of the Laughing Buddha! Sahn brings humor to a practice that many seem to find solemn today. This reinforced my learnings from much admired teacher many years ago. Highly recommend.

    -Jim

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    Excellent!

    As a member of the KUSZ (founded by Seung Sahn) this book meant even more to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it opened my eyes to new things. You wont be dissapointed!

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