The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment

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Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism.  An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen ...
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Overview

Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism.  An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.
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"The Three Pillars of Zen is still, in my opinion, the best book in English that has been written on Zen Buddhism."--Huston Smith, author of The Worlds' Religions and Forgotten Truth

"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."--Times Literary Supplement (London)
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Everything from classic texts to modern interviews between masters and students. The book that launched a thousand Zen careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385260930
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 245,457
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester Zen Center, has studied and taught Zen for more than 50 years, after first encountering Zen Buddhism as a reporter at the war crimes trials in Japan in 1946. While there he met D.T. Suzuki and in 1950 began to study Buddhist philosophy, completing over sixteen years of study and practice in both Japan and America. Roshi Kapleau lives in Rochester.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Fabulous book on Zen!

    This is definitely one of the best books on Zen Buddhism ever written in English. It contains important historical and theoretical information and it is clearly written. The writing style is very inspiring and it contains practical advice regarding the practice of Zen itself. Being on a path of personal growth towards something close to enlightenment myself, I found this book very very educational. Although not exclusively on Zen, a general book concerning this path that is also an absolutely must read is 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. I recommend these two books for anyone on the path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    Zen Primer

    I first read Roshi Philip Kapleau book on the summer of 1980. I feel it is still one of the most informative books wriiten on Zen Buddhism. I am sure it must be considered a classic by now. I find myself pulling this book off my shelf every few years and re-reading it. I feel that it is one of the few books written that introduce westerner's to the journey along the road of zen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2000

    How much do you want to know about Zen?

    This is one of the more advanced books available on Zen. It is difficult to read, but I highly recommend it for people who are interested in zen theory. It contains a lot of substance. The book has taught me so much!

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    Good Read

    A good read, nothing amazing, but good. Certain parts of the book are better than others, but overall, a good read and one will pick up some things. One of the best aspects of this book is the ending; it has famous zen illustrations with commentary.

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