Philip Kapleau


Born
in New Haven, The United States
August 12, 1912

Died
May 06, 2004

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A teacher of Zen Buddhism in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition, a blending of Japanese Soto and Rinzai schools.

Average rating: 4.1 · 5,571 ratings · 156 reviews · 15 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Three Pillars of Zen

4.12 avg rating — 5,328 ratings — published 1965 — 30 editions
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Contemporary Zen Classics: ...

4.21 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 1998
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Zen: Dawn in the West

3.94 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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To Cherish All Life: A Budd...

4.18 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1982 — 6 editions
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The Zen of Living and Dying...

3.59 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Zen: Merging of East and West

3.83 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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Awakening to Zen: The Teach...

3.72 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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Straight to the Heart of Ze...

3.85 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2001
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The Wheel of Life & Death

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1989 — 6 editions
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The Wheel of Death

3.50 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1974 — 10 editions
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“If you fall into poverty, live that way without grumbling - then your poverty will not burden you. Likewise, if you are rich, live with your riches. All this is the functioning of Buddha-nature. In short, Buddha-nature has the quality of infinite adaptability.”
Philip Kapleau Roshi, The Three Pillars of Zen

“You must realize that no matter how intently you count your breaths you will still perceive what is in your line of vision, since your eyes are open, and you will hear the normal sounds about you, as your ears are not plugged. And since your brain likewise is not asleep, various thought forms will dart about your mind. Now, they will not hamper or diminish the effectiveness of zazen unless, evaluating them as "good", you cling to them or, deciding they are "bad", you try to check or eliminate them.”
Philip Kapleau Roshi, The Three Pillars of Zen

“The truth is that everything is One, and this of course is not a numerical one.”
Philip Kapleau