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The Book of Zen
by Eric Chaline
The Book of Zen offers a history and overview of Zen, as well as an introduction to its method and ideas. This enlightening and enjoyable book is enhanced with more than 200 illustrations, most of them in color.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Barron's Educational Series
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The first half explains the history of Buddhism and how it travelled from India to China and Japan and Korea. It sketches the various trends over the last 2500 years. The second half is more concrete and lists various methods for gaining enlightenment. I am a bit of a skeptic but I think there is a place for emptying the mind and gazing at the universe with minimal bias. I could never be a monk, but there are some insights into human consciousness that may be of help. Now, to understand the soun ...more