Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice

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ZEN ARCHITECTURE The Building Process as Practice

Paul Discoe with Alexandra Quinn

Photographs by Roslyn Banish

In Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice, Paul Discoe shares the result of over forty years of study, design, building, and Zen Buddhist practice. From simple hand sketches to the completion of Zen temples, residential projects, grand estates, and modular structures, this book ...

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ZEN ARCHITECTURE The Building Process as Practice

Paul Discoe with Alexandra Quinn

Photographs by Roslyn Banish

In Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice, Paul Discoe shares the result of over forty years of study, design, building, and Zen Buddhist practice. From simple hand sketches to the completion of Zen temples, residential projects, grand estates, and modular structures, this book illustrates a singular vision influenced by traditional Japanese woodworking, contemporary life, and Buddhism. With a commitment to the environment and a deep respect for wood, his primary building material, Paul Discoe's work incorporates sustainable practices and recycled materials. Experience the architectural process as an embodiment of Zen practice through skillful craftsmanship, ancient woodworking techniques, and the integration of contemporary engineering and living standards.

An ordained Zen Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe studied art history and philosophy as an undergraduate in the United States and Buddhist temple design and construction in Japan. He became a student of Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, and, after four years, Suzuki sent him to Japan to train under a traditional master builder for five years. Upon returning, Discoe founded Joinery Structures in 1988. His projects include the Kojin-an Zen temple in Oakland for Akiba Sensei, the founder's hall and kitchen at Tassajara, the Lindesfarne guesthouse and Wheelwright Center, and the abbot's house at Green Gulch, as well as several prestigious homes and projects internationally. His current project is a system of prefabricated building parts, made of salvaged and recycled materials, that can be assembled in many forms.

The featured Zen architecture of Paul Discoe:

- Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

- Green Gulch Farm

- City Center

- Felsentor

- Kojin-an-Zen Temple

- Occidental Road House

- Wall Road House

- Northern California Guesthouse

- Woodside Home and Garden Complex

- Manhattan Loft

- Rikyu Kit of Parts

- Cardboard Zendo

Alexandra Quinn is a freelance arts management consultant, writer, and editor living in San Francisco. Her publications include Candy Story, translated from the French novel by Marie Redonnet.

Roslyn Banish is a San Francisco-based photographer. She has authored a number of documentary books, combining photographs and text. Roslyn received a master's degree in photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600091
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/10/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

An ordained Zen Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe studied Art History and Philosophy as an undergraduate in the United States and Buddhist temple design and construction in Japan. He became a student of Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, and after four years, Suzuki sent him to Japan to train under a traditional master builder for five years. Upon returning, Discoe founded Joinery Structures in 1988. His projects include the Kojin-an Zen temple in Oakland for Akiba Sensei, the Founder's Hall and Kitchen at Tassajara, the Lindesfarne Guest House and Wheelwright Center, the Abbot's House at Green Gulch, as well as several prestigious homes and projects internationally. His current project is the Sonoma Mandala project on Sonoma Mountain in California, which will be a significant Zen temple complex in North America.

Alexandra Quinn is a writer, editor, and freelance arts management consultant living in San Francisco. Her publications include exhibition catalogs, educational guides to museum exhibitions, and Candy Story, translated from the French novel by Marie Redonnet.

Roslyn Banish is a San Francisco-based photographer. She has authored a number of documentary books, combining photographs and text. Roslyn received a Master's degree in photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

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When we enter these buildings and gardens that emerge from such compassionate effort, we are graciously supported to study everything and to see the truth embodied in all beings. Seeing the truth we are happy.
Paul's work is from beginning to end for the sake of all beings realizing this happiness. Thank you, Zengyu.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 11

1 THE BASICS 21

2 PROCESS AS PRACTICE 43

3 ELEMENTS 51

4 SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER 59

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center 60 Green Gulch Farm 81 City Center 98

5 ZEN TEMPLES 103

The Felsentor 103 Kojin-an Zen Temple 113

6 RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS 121

Occidental Road House 121 Wall Road House 132 Northern California Guesthouse 138 Woodside Home and Garden Complex 144 Manhattan Loft 194

7 MODULAR STRUCTURES 205

Rikyu Kit of Parts 205

Cardboard Zendo 210

8 JOINERY STRUCTURES SHOP 217

9 THE LIFE OF A LOG 239

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