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Zen Under the Gun: Four Zen Masters from Turbulent Times

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Sometimes history is cruel: a civilization starts to fall apart and a stable social order starts to unravel; upheaval and uncertainty abound. Tyrants ride high, old notions of justice vanish, and people may feel they have nowhere to turn for relief. In some ways, this is the story of human civilization.

Indeed, this is what happened to the Chinese world in the thirteenth ce
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 13th 2010 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2010)
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Robert Seitz
Jun 24, 2015 Robert Seitz rated it liked it
This book is on remainder now, picked it up for $5 new. It's thin, sparse, a quick read. Four teachers fairly unknown are covered here, selections of quotes followed by the author's annotations. The notes are OK. The first two teachers, Hengchuan and Gulin, are delightful and sincere. Especially with all the staff thumping and student whacking. The last two, Zhuxian and Daian, are not so great. More typical of what you'd read today, cryptic and specious. But, for five bucks, more than worth ...more
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Dec 21, 2010 Ed rated it it was amazing
I needed a new "bedside table/one page a day" book and this is it. Inspiring "Zensights" from four Chinese masters who lived at different periods during the dark times of the Mongol takeover. Great introduction and tranlsations as usual by Cleary. Definitely the bedside go-to book of wisdom for the spring and summer.
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