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Elements of Zen (Elements Of Series)

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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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Erica
If you're looking to study the beginnings and nature of Zen this would be a good book to pick up. It seems to be mainly for study though it reads like a textbook. I think the purpose of this is to help anybody to understand the nature and what it means to bring. This book tries to take away the assumptions that come with many people thinking that by practicing Zen they can make a major change in their life (i.e. become a better person, release anxiety, enduce happiness) when this book stresses, ...more
Hollie Gordon
Jul 30, 2016 Hollie Gordon rated it it was amazing
Fantastic introduction to the concepts and practices of Zen Buddhism.
Andrea Ratti
Feb 19, 2014 Andrea Ratti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piccolo manuale introduttivo al vasto mondo dello Zen; il tema del Buddismo Zen viene affrontato da un punto di vista leggero e scorrevole, facilmente comprensibile da qualunque "occidentale medio". L'impronta data dal testo, sicuramente orientata alla corrente Soto, mantenendo comunque alcune tracce fondamentali di Rinzai. Tuttavia, come ogni manuale, "Lo Zen" deve essere considerato come una semplice introduzione, lasciando a testi pi specifici e profondi lo studio ulteriore del Buddismo Zen. ...more
Zia
Sep 23, 2014 Zia rated it liked it
A decent summary of main principles and ideas, according to my opinion quite suitable for someone who never heard of them but is interested.
Chris Mower
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.
Morgan.elizabeth
Oct 20, 2013 Morgan.elizabeth rated it it was ok
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.
Adriana Scarpin
Edição de Elementos do Zen com figuras e tudo com figuras é mais bacana.
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