The Zen Experience

The Zen Experience

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by Thomas Hoover
     
 

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Library Journal called it, "The best history of Zen ever written."

In this new, updated Millenium Edition of the Thomas Hoover classic, (contained in its entirety - we've added new updated information excluded in previous editions - including a new forward by 14th Dalai Lama.

The truth of Zen has always resided in individual experience rather than in theoretical

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Library Journal called it, "The best history of Zen ever written."

In this new, updated Millenium Edition of the Thomas Hoover classic, (contained in its entirety - we've added new updated information excluded in previous editions - including a new forward by 14th Dalai Lama.

The truth of Zen has always resided in individual experience rather than in theoretical writings. To give the modern reader access to understanding of this truth, THE ZEN EXPERIENCE illumines Zen as it was created and shaped by the personalities, perceptions, and actions of its masters over the centuries.

Beginning with the twin roots of Zen in Indian Buddhism and Chinese Taoism, we follow it through its initial flowering in China under the First Patriarch Bodhidharma; its division into schools of "gradual" and "sudden" enlightenment under Shen-hsui and Shen-hui; the ushering in of its golden age by Hui-neng; the development of "shock" enlightenment by Ma-tsu; its poetic greatness in the person of Han-shan; the perfection of the use of the koan by Ta-hui; the migration of Zen to Japan and its extraordinary growth there under a succession of towering Japanese spiritual leaders.

Rich in historical background, vivid in revealing anecdote and memorable quotation, this long-needed work succeeds admirably in taking Zen from the library shelves and restoring its living, human form.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452253155
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1980
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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