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
May 1st 2014
by New Falcon Publications
(first published 1977)
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 DiscordianismThis 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 seriously, it turns into the Church of the Subgenius, but if you make the mistake of taking it too seriously, it turns into Chaos Magic." Both of these are Great Sins (tm) in my own cult, the Sect of Active Initiates for Discord (SAID).
Benares walks a fine line on the serious side of the street, but does not fall into the trap, perhaps because he understands the need to laugh. Perhaps also because, there being no Chaos Magic per se at the time he wrote, he turned instead to Zen Buddhism for his "serious" spin on Discordianism. What he offers, then, is a series of koans or "Zen jokes" that are designed to open the mind to new approaches while encouraging healthy laughter and play. Toward the end are some meditations and exercises that do start to move toward the proto-Chaos Magic side of things, but might also be useful starting points for someone interested in self-transformation. The result is a minor book of some interest, which could be just the right thing for the right person at the right time....more
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.
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.
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.
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.