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Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons

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An indispensable guide to koans, teaching the reader about the importance of lineage, the practice of “just sitting,” and koan practice as paths to awakening.

“This marvelous book opens the treasure house of Zen and yet, happily, does not dispel its mystery. James Ford, an excellent storyteller and longtime Zen practitioner, presents a detailed and beautiful description of
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Wisdom Publications
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Mike Zickar
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always a delight to read a new book by Roshi James Ford. He brings a unique perspective to Zen studies, a scholarly approach that combines the best of both ancient Buddhist texts plus a wide range of contemporary Buddhist scholars and teachers. In addition, he has a penchant for clarifying Buddhist traditions and practices to help make sure that Buddhism continues to thrive in the US, in ways that can help individuals but also maintain the rigor of traditional Buddhism practice.

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Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

I always thought Zen Kians were silly riddles to fool fools. This book - (to quote Don Juan) - is ‘a path with heart.’
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