The Zen Experience

The Zen Experience

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by Thomas Hoover
     
 

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(New American Library,1980)


“The best history of Zen ever written.”


Library Journal


Beginning with Indian Buddhism and Chinese Taoism it shows Zen as it was created by the personalities, perceptions, and actions of its masters over the centuries.


Gradual and sudden enlightenment, shock enlightenment, the koan, the

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(New American Library,1980)


“The best history of Zen ever written.”


Library Journal


Beginning with Indian Buddhism and Chinese Taoism it shows Zen as it was created by the personalities, perceptions, and actions of its masters over the centuries.


Gradual and sudden enlightenment, shock enlightenment, the koan, the migration of Zen to Japan. With anecdote and memorable quotation, th

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011089237
Publisher:
Thomas Hoover
Publication date:
08/19/2010
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Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
45,841
File size:
3 MB

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Live in New York City. Have published nine books. All available from Smashwords or my web site.

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Zen Experience 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
Prochade More than 1 year ago
A wonderful insight into the origins, and the ebb and flow of thousands of years of Zen evolvement. I never knew such a written record existed until Hoover compiled and organized this scholarly, insightful, comprehensive, and entertaining account of the personalities and times which gave us the Zen we know today. I applaude the author with one hand clapping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be heavy reading, especially because the topic covered such a large period of time and so many of the zen ancestors. However, the writing was so well done that I wanted to get back to reading it. The chapters are short so that you can easily pick it up and put it down. I highly recommend this book.
Tim Wolski More than 1 year ago
This book slides through hundreds of years of history focusing on the lives of key individuals with only minor attention given to the development of zen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be a great read for anyone interested in learning how Zen Buddhism came into being. This history traces Buddhism from the time it arrived in China, through it's evolution into what eventually made it's way into Japan, and the final changes it underwent there to become the Zen known today. What impressed me the most was the clear indications made between historical knowledge of the patriarchs of Chinese Buddhism, and what was most likely written to embellish their stature.
leroyneal More than 1 year ago
A fascinating history of the major influences on the evolution of Zen. A real eye opener for anyone who is interested in studying the history of buddhism. Great entertaining tales of monks achieving an enlightened epiphany through various methods such as being shouted at and undergoing beatings by their teachers. I was literally laughing out loud.
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Thomas Hoover has written a concise, easily accessible history of Zen. He does this in the way that Zen has been passed down since it's beginning, as a series of stories. In stead of Koans Mr. Hoover uses stories from the history of Zen, which have made the paradoxes and complexities of Zen philosophy accessible to the non-scholarly reader.
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Nice book
AllenNY More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call it the 'best Zen book' written, but it is a fascinating, if not a touch confusing (to me), history of the development of Zen. More of a knowledge of the history of China would probably have helped me understand the background to the historical movement called Zen.
Blackiron More than 1 year ago
A very in depth look at the history and progression of Zen throughout its known conception. A must for those inquisitive of its origins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so happy i got this. It is an added bonus that it was free. Just full of wonderful history and very well written.
WindchimesandPeacocks More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about Zen until I got this book and I'm having a wonderful reading it... it is a delight and I love it!... and it was free!... Thank you so very much...
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