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Zen Stories: The Staff and Shout of the Venerable Ones (Traditional Chinese Culture Series)
Part of the Traditional Chinese Culture series, this book is an illustrated adaptation of the early Zen Buddhist classics of the 13th century. Collected and popularized by the immensely popular Chinese illustrator Tsai Chih Chung, the book includes over 100 Zen tales for the reader of today, bringing to life the spirit and philosophy of Zen through cartoon panels with a te ...more
Published June 2005 by Modern Press
(first published 2005)
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Part of a wonderful series on traditional Chinese philosophy, this book lucidly explains the basic concepts of Zen (aka Chan or Ch'an) Buddhism in the comic format by illustrating the traditional stories/koans (aka gong'an or kung-an). The drawings are simple, but the truths profound. I would give this four stars if it weren't for a number of errors in editing, such as putting the wrong speech in the wrong bubble (errors of translation, as the book was originally written in Chinese by a Taiwanes ...more
Tsai Chih Chung (蔡志忠) is a world-renowned cartoonist and popularizer of Chinese classics whose books have sold more than 40 millions copies worldwide. He first came to prominence through his award-winning animated movies and his immensely popular daily comic strips. When he turned his hand to the classics after a prolonged period of self-education, they were acclaimed by critics and shot to the to ...moreMore about Tsai Chih Chung...