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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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Stephen Perkovic
Only "negative" comment, which is quite minor, was the description on the back described Alan Watts as going into the influence of Zen in art and culture within Japan and the tea ceremony, military, etc. Although this was not the direct purpose of the book (since it could be a book in itself), it was only briefly mentioned at the end in a couple of pages. A very minor observation, but perhaps it's the description/publisher's fault. Other than this, superb, especially as one of the books i'm read...more
Luiz
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
Yuri
Feb 21, 2012 Yuri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Arturo Javier
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
Paige
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.
Jule
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.
Peter Bourdeau
Apr 18, 2009 Peter Bourdeau rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Zach
Good overview of the influence of zen on different aspects of eastern culture. A good read for anyone interested in zen.
JJ
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.
Amey
Worth a read to get a head start into the world of Zen..
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