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The Way of Zen by Alan Wilson Watts
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Mar 24, 12

bookshelves: 2012, spiritual
Read from February 20 to March 24, 2012

Fascinating introduction into Zen Buddhism. Very dense at times and I will have to read the whole thing again, probably a couple of times, and practice often, to even begin to really understand it. His later chapters on Haiku, calligraphy and landscape painting were extremely instructive and acted as a bright lamp, shining light on dark corners impenetrable concepts.

I am now reading Shinzen Young's The Science of Enlightenment. Young was trained in the Japanese Shingon sect of the vajrayana school of Buddhism, which is more descriptive and prescriptive. Young's writing concentrates on meditation process and intersperses theory with practical instruction. If you find Watts book too abstract, you may prefer Young.

I highly recommend Watt's The Way of Zen, an elegant and thoughtful book.

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02/25/2012 page 61
24.0% "Wow, this is dense. It will take quite some time to read and absorb the many concepts explained in this book, but I like what I read so far. It is stripping me of my misconceptions of Buddhism."

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