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Zen and Zen Classics Vol. 1

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211 pages
Published (first published 1960)
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Jesse
Mar 23, 2011 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I wrote in my Journal while reading this book:
"I don't understand Zen. Here's what I think: Doing something with the whole self involved 100% is the Way of Zen. Reading about Zen is probably no the Way. The Way of Zen is like floating in the sea and letting the waves take you wherever. I know more about the Way of Haiku, which I like. I'm not sure if it's the same as the Way of Zen. It's probably a little different. The Way of Zen is neutral. I bet the Way of Zen would be easier to
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Eric
Dec 16, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
(This review is based on just Vol. 2-3) A great summary of the history of Chinese Zen thinking, presented as a selection of koans featuring the great masters followed by the author's interpretations. The result is the ancient wisdom filtered through a lens of modern philosophical thought (mainly Christian mysticism and existentialism). Probably the closest writing I've found to my own worldview. Unfortunately, this series is long out of print (my copies are from the early '70s). I'm trying to ...more
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Reginald Horace Blyth was an English author, interpreter, translator, devotee of Japanese culture and English Professor, having lived in Japan for eighteen years.
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