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Lo Zen

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Lo Zen : un modo di vita, lavoro e arte in estremo oriente. A cura di Umberto Eco che, nel 1958,aveva 22 anni. Affascinato da Alan Watts,fece tradurre e pubblicare questo suo primo libro.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 1959 by Bompiani (first published 1936)
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Oct 16, 2014 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This introduction to Zen Buddhism is Alan Watts' first of many books on Eastern religion. It's a very satisfying read, written in the eloquent and lucid style that Watts would come to be known for. Watts had a way of simplifying the most complex concepts, as well as capturing the elusive. Here, he captures the elusive spirit of Zen.

The book itself is elegantly designed and a pleasure to hold in one's hands.
Feb 21, 2012 Yuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has interest and little information in buddhism and zen
A very basic (and yet worthwhile and informative) introduction to Zen and Buddhism, recommended for those with some curiosity and little knowledge on the subject.
Aug 18, 2014 Luiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segundo livro do Watts, leitura concisa e prazerosa. Introdução do Zenbudismo para leigos. Abordagem intuitava de conceitos como Koan, Satori, Wu-wei(taoismo), Tao, Dharma, Karma, Samsarra, Nirvana, Budismo Mahaiama. Zen budismo é apresentado como filosofia em que o signo e significado devem estar harmonizados, por isso Watts deixa claro que ele apresenta alguns signos mas a busca do significado dependerá do leitor. E ainda aponta o rumo para isso desapego, observar o fluxo, não oferecer resistê ...more
Kaleb Phillips
Jul 16, 2015 Kaleb Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written introduction to the world of Zen, covering everything from the history of Zen, to the Tea Ceremony, the arts of Ju-Jutsu and Kenjutsu, and the ancient code of Bushido. This book gives a lot of information while giving very little, which is perfect when trying to describe the art of Zen, for Zen is life, and so it can never be truly described or contained, even on paper.
Peter Bourdeau
Apr 18, 2009 Peter Bourdeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zen is for the few.
Watts helped popularized Zen Buddhism in the West with the publication of this seminal work. Easy to read, the book is an excellent primer in the subject of Zen Buddhism.
Arturo Javier
Dec 28, 2011 Arturo Javier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Como una introducción al budismo zen, me parece que el libro tiene éxito. Por supuesto, yo no puedo ser el mejor juez de esto, porque mi entendimiento del budismo es más bien estrecho. Sin embargo, el libro posee varias virtudes de una obra introductoria, como claridad en la exposición, y el recurso a una serie de analogías que iluminan bastante bien las ideas más extrañas del zen. Por supuesto, como el autor enfatiza a lo largo de la obra, el lector no puede esperar obtener un entendimiento cab ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Sergej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good and easy introductory book on Zen Buddhism. Good choice to start with the subject.
Ebenezer Ken-lewis
Amazing. So many overlaps with astronomy.
Evan Cordes
Feb 27, 2016 Evan Cordes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written (Mr. Watts always is…) and easy-to-read introduction to a lot of aspects of Zen.
Oct 29, 2015 Judita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to Zen. Allan Watts offers great insights into the practice of Zen. This book is a very good start for someone interested in Eastern philosophical thought.
Apr 02, 2008 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING. My copy is not from 2006, more like 1966. It's tattered and sections are falling apart. I keep it together pushed together by other books. It's a BIBLE. It's a better codex than the bible!! Although it's not really a code to live by, it explains Buddhism SO SIMPLY that it exemplifies the philosophy of buddhism in the explaining of it. BRILLIANT. And truly underrated--READ IT!...just don't try and borrow my copy. Sorry.
Mar 22, 2009 Jule marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on the sidewalk in New York. Since somebody left it there to be picked up and i love it when books find their own miraculous way into my lap, now it seems has come the time for learning about Zen.
Oct 03, 2010 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of the influence of zen on different aspects of eastern culture. A good read for anyone interested in zen.
Apr 23, 2014 JJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good basic introduction to the history and practice of Zen. Watts was a salient writer and deserves his reputation.
Tracy Rowan
The Spirit of Zen: a Way of Life Work and Art in the Far East by Alan W Watts (1960)
Elizabeth Schlatter
Good. Thorough. But put me to sleep so quickly that it took me a few weeks to finish.
Nov 26, 2010 Amey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Worth a read to get a head start into the world of Zen..
Oct 19, 2014 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way of all Watts.
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Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, who held both a Master's in Theology and a Doctorate of Divinity. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher con ...more
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