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Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels and Reformers

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Crazy Cloud is the pen name assumed by Ikkyu who was a Zen poet, calligrapher and wandering teacher. The name itself is a pun on the Japanese word denoting the Buddhist monk whose detachment from wordly life has him drifting like a cloud over water. The "Crazy Clouds" of this book are those innovative, nonconformist Zen masters, the wandering seekers and sages often disgui ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 7th 1991 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published 1991)
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Barry Graham
Feb 12, 2011 Barry Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the U.S.-based Japanese Zen master Nyogen Senzaki was about to die, he didn't write the traditional death poem known as jisei. Instead, he made a tape recording, in which he said:

"Remember me as a monk, and nothing else. I do not belong to any sect or cathedral. None of them should send me a promoted priest's rank or anything of that sort. I like to be free from such trash..."

These words are recorded in this book, and it is a book that I imagine Senzaki might have enjoyed, though I like to
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Richy Ludwick
Aug 04, 2015 Richy Ludwick rated it it was amazing
Ms Besserman and Mr Steger did a phenomenal job. Tying together 'crazy clouds' through a strand of Eastern history; Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers takes a dive into the dichotomy of an independent life, free of religious dogma. In a collection of anecdotal stories, the authors frame individual Zen masters within the context of their unique time periods; from ancient China to Imperialist Japan, all the way to 1980s America. Clearly developing unique flavors of 'Zen', these masters taught as ...more
Jonn
Jul 03, 2013 Jonn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a pretty fascinating book for anyone interested in some of the personalities that have dotted the history of Zen in Japan and America. The authors did a solid job of illustrating the wider picture of Japanese history and culture that surrounded each of the 8 Zen iconoclasts portrayed as they grew up and became teachers, even though this is still significantly less interesting than their individual stories (at least for me). My only critique is that there are so many more Zen radicals the ...more
Jeff Harrington
Apr 04, 2010 Jeff Harrington rated it really liked it
Interesting more for its perspective on Chinese and Japanese history than for its insight into the Rinzai school. It does have a good basic re-telling of many of the more interesting stories surrounding the Zen eccentrics.
Pan_filuta
Dec 29, 2013 Pan_filuta rated it it was amazing
Obzory rozšiřující kniha která si po dočtení okamžitě říká o druhé kolo s poznámkami.
Michael Martin
Jan 02, 2013 Michael Martin rated it liked it
Informative. Liked the historical perspective. I recommend some background reading before tackling "Crazy Clouds." "The Way of Zen" by Alan Watts would provide a good background/survey.
Pan_filuta
Jan 16, 2014 Pan_filuta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kniha plná zvuku tlesknutí jednou rukou
Märt-matis Lill
Jan 26, 2013 Märt-matis Lill rated it it was ok
A strong ideological perspective (that of feminism) makes it quite annoying to read about this otherwise a very fascinating subject.
Gerardo B.
Jun 29, 2015 Gerardo B. rated it it was amazing
Es perfecto: entretenido, anecdótico, liviano y lleno de esos momentos en que bajas el kindle y te quedas mirando el muro para tragar lo que acabas de leer.
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