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Zen Without Zen Masters

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Presents a collection of contemporary Zen parables. For the novice, this work is an introduction to the baffling world of meditation, Eastern thought and the galaxy of philosophies that make up the expanding horizon of human awareness, and for the veteran, it integrates the inner quest with the experience of daily life.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by New Falcon Publications (first published 1977)
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Jun 24, 2010 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Discordians, Setians, anarchists
Recommended to Michael by: Robert Anton Wilson
This is one of the more obscure books of the Discordian canon. Camden Benares was part of the original cabal, known as PoEE, that invented the Discordian religion in the late 1950s-early 1960s, a joke religion dedicated to Eris, Greek Goddess of Chaos and Discord. Benares was the only person in on the joke who was "serious" enough to legally change his name to the "holy name" he chose for himself as a Discordian. I have stated elsewhere that "when you make the mistake of not taking Discordianism ...more
Jul 24, 2008 Elguapo rated it really liked it
i have been looking for years for a copy of this book. for years i have heard these stories and often use them in everyday life when talking and getting to know folks, and now i got one and i love it. it makes me laugh,cry, poo, and brings the lightning of chaos to my clouded mind.
Cathy Hasty
Aug 12, 2012 Cathy Hasty rated it liked it
Interesting verging on bizarre...with some wisdom in between some crazy ideas. I found it in a second hand shop so it was worth the .25 I spent and the time...
Dec 05, 2015 lifelike rated it liked it
ZEN Without Zen Masters feels like it's by Robert Anton Wilson. The only clue that it might be by someone else is that it's a very short read. Four sections of jokes/koans - Guides & Lovable Fools, Personal Work, The Zen of Sex, and the Reality of Illusion, with a fifth section of meditations and exercises. Some joke-koans are parodies of other koans. Others feel like moments from a diary. Nothing earth-shattering here. If you want to read everything R.A.W. ever contributed to, or if you nee ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Nikmaack rated it really liked it
Fun, simple, practical. A little basic. Some Zen parables followed by descriptions of meditation exercises. A very short but interesting book. The exercises and overall attitude of the book is, hey, maybe this will work for you. If not, try something else.

Very light and sweet. If you're all old Zen pro you might find it too light and all too familiar.
Apr 18, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Another Zen favorite. This is one of the better Zen books out there. Very fun to read.
Jan 17, 2015 Kamila added it
Easy and fun read with lots of easy exercises to do :)
Geoff Gander
Oct 22, 2013 Geoff Gander rated it it was amazing
A very readable approach to western Zen. The parables contained within the book are arranged thematically, and I find it's best to give it a read-through once, then go back to re-read specific parables when seeking inspiration or just a different interpretation on whatever happens to be going on in your life at that moment.

Each time I read this book, I find something new. The forward by Robert Anton Wilson is also entertaining.
Nov 27, 2012 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book long time ago, and unfortunately don't have it anymore, but I remember so much of it. Many of the stories are still like good friends and pop up in my memory when I need a little cheering up, or something to ponder on.

Humorous, intelligent, thought-provoking. Read!
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Feb 16, 2012 david blumenshine rated it liked it
"you may become free from the urge to change yourself"

hail eris!
Steven Otero
Good example of Crazy Wisdom
David Townsend
Jan 19, 2014 David Townsend rated it really liked it
Cute and Fun, somewhat dated
Aug 05, 2013 Ivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, chaos
Good, good.
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