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Zen and the Sutras

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
An inspiring guide to reading the Sutras, this text is aimed at those who wish to delve deeper into their meditation practice and their quest for self-realisation.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 15th 1999 by Tuttle Publishing
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Pine Cone Boy
Aug 07, 2015 Pine Cone Boy rated it liked it
I appreciated the in-depth look at each sutra, and found the explanations of their underlying philosophy and relation to broader Zen Buddhism accessible even for a layman. I was also pleased to find that the author does not shy away from tackling complex metaphysical notions within Buddhism, rather than watering them down to truisms as I find some authors writing for a Western audience do.

I did find the glossary largely unhelpful, though, and question why the author thought to include in it biog
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James
Jan 06, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you'll need to go back to over and over again--not just because it's well written and understandable, but because it will be so useful in continuing practice.
I don't know much about Buddhism or Zen, but Albert Low is able to explore the more obscure points in such a way that it was easy to follow. This kind of practice can be very challenging, but he makes it feel approachable.

Definitely a good read, and I'm looking forward to more of his work.
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Apr 19, 2010 Seanna added it
His notes on the Vimlakurti sutra are very helpful
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