Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-zen Writings

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When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as strong today as ever.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen ...

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Overview

When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as strong today as ever.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen.

First published in 1957, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones introduced a generation of Americans to Zen (selling over 600,000 copies). Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics: 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate, The Ten Bulls and Centering.

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"It has stayed with me for the last 30 years, a classic portraying Zen mind to our linear thinking." — Phil Jackson, Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls and author of Sacred Hoops

"This book was my introduction to Buddhism nearly thirty years ago. I am delighted to see this new edition of this wonderful classic." — Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think

"This book has been a steadfast portal through which millions in the West have peered to catch at the very least a glimpse of Zen mind at play in all its thought-shattering dialogue, humor, joy, and wisdom." — Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"Perhaps the first Dharma book I ever read, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, remains a classic, a gem, a gift to us all." — Dr. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804831864
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 212,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Reps, the compiler, was an American who lived in many countries, including India, Norway, and Japan, and studied many of man's efforts to find and realize his true spiritual stature. He was the author of several books of poems and prose. He once said that he felt "the equal of each grass blade and pebble and believe that it is possible to be happy though human and grown up."

Nyogen Senzaki, a Buddhist scholar of international character to whom Reps acknowledged a deep debt of gratitude, was born in Japan. Early in life he became a "homeless monk," wandering the land and studying from Buddhist monastery to monastery. His wanderings eventually took him to America, where for over 50 years he lived in California, with no connection with any sect, denomination, or cathedral, radiating the free and creative spirit of Zen upon all who cared to share his study, meditation, wisdom, and loving kindness.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    This book aims directly toward the heart of zen.

    The Zen Flesh Zen Bones' collection of the most powerful koans and stories is a must for any stage of spiritual understanding. These koans and stories are not puzzles but rather they express the extremely simplicity of zen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    Peace in a Small Book

    This volume is for anyone in need of inner peace, regardless of religious affiliation. Just letting your mind massage these words can be all it takes for a peaceful walk through the thorns of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    The sound of one brain snacking

    There are many ways to explore zen: academic, deep thought, group therapy style, chanting, sudden enlightenment through eating ice cream or playing with a child.... But of the books I've read on the topic, this is the easiest to 'use.' You can absorb small bits of zen detachment or go for a whole big bite of philosophic gooey Japanese sweets. Definitely not for the Suzuki-san academics, but tasty and portable for the rest of us.

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