Elements of Zen
Elements of Zen
The Zen way to self-knowledge is through an understanding of one's own true inner self, achieved through meditation and the study of koans -- startling paradoxes which cannot be solved through rational thought. This book clearly describes the essence of Zen and how it developed; its meditation and unique teaching methods; the koans and stories of the Zen masters that expre...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Element Books
(first published 1992)
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I was looking for a book to help me understand what Zen was all about. I don't really have a desire to dedicate myself to Zen, but I did want to understand it better. This book took me through the basics of za-zen and more. It's a good introduction to Zen philosophy, but will not satisfy your palate for anything beyond that. It's an easy read, though a bit dry now and again. I think it accomplishes what it set's out to do: help you become familiar to the elements of Zen.
Wanted to get a background on the history and practice of zen. This book was similar to a philosophical textbook with confusing metaphors and anecdotes. Regarding the actual practice of zen, this book does give a nice overview for an introduction. Would recommend to those wishing to understand the practice, but to learn the history/purpose of zen I would look to other sources.
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