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Dream conversations: On Buddhism and Zen
Dream Conversations is a collection of a renowned Japanese master's written replies to questions about the true nature of Zen. In short, simply worded teachings, Muso Kokushi (1275-1351), also known as Muso Soseki, exposes common misconceptions with unprecedented clarity, offering psychological insights designed to lead the reader into the depths of authentic Zen experienc ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 25th 1996 by Shambhala
(first published August 16th 1994)
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This is my first literal introduction to Zen. I loved the examples used in this book. No matter how long you boil sands, they won't turn into rice. You don't have to fight the second moon in the sky, which will disappear naturally when you remove the pressure off your eyes. Zen teaching is like a woman "calling the maid"; the real intent is not calling the maid for errands, but letting her secret man know she is in her chamber. I find them all confusing, and brilliant.