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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
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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His notes on the Vimlakurti sutra are very helpful
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