The Three Pillars of Zen

The Three Pillars of Zen Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen teaching practice and enlightenment Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism An establish

  • Title: The Three Pillars of Zen
  • Author: Philip Kapleau
  • ISBN: 9780385260930
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen teaching, practice, and enlightenment Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip KapleaThrough explorations of the three pillars of Zen teaching, practice, and enlightenment Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.

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    1. Must read for meditation practitioners. The book clearly explains in details all things about Japanese Zen. It is very useful, helpful for people who are learning and practicing Zen / Buddhism meditation.I will have to re-read it. As I can't consume everything in the first read. It's great though.PDF for Vietnamese edition is here:thuvienhoasen/a15561/ba-tr

    2. First of all, language is conceptual, dividing the world up into categorical separations. The most basic instructions given for Zen practice should be sufficient to experience this simple, delicate, easy task. Yet we as westerners have been trained to reason, deduct, and to ask 'why?', at least that seems to be the common obstacle for western practitioners. Sadly you can go into all of the logical explanations, but never touch the very simple experience that is Zen, and become lost in the discus [...]

    3. There is a famous Zen koan (a Zen paradox which the student of Zen must resolve on the path to enlightenment) known as Mu. As recounted in this book (page 82) it goes like this: "A monk in all seriousness asked Joshu "has a dog Buddha-nature or not?" Joshu retorted "Mu!"There is a great deal in Philip Kapleau's book discussing the Koan Mu and its role in Zen -- or some forms of Zen. Kapleau was trained as a court reporter and served as a court reporter after WW II for the war crimes trials in Nu [...]

    4. The practical nature of the first part is inspiring. Up to page 161 covers a small group of short talks on very useful points such as delusions that can be experienced in sitting, types of sitting, motivation in sitting and so on. This is followed by a series of transcripts of interviews between teacher and student during a sesshin - it functions like FAQs of zazen. However, the struggles of these students are quite inspiring - real questions, issues and problems and how they are faced or not by [...]

    5. "The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there" (Robert Pirsig)Aquella frase leída en la solapa de una librería de viejo en la cansina ciudad de Montevideo fue el puntapié para leer este libro. Lo tomé a pie juntillas.Así, lo llevé en mi mochila y lo fui leyendo entre los descansos (exiguos) y las nocturnas noches. El libro -han pasado años de aquella experiencia- lo recuerdo modoso, vitalista, con varios pasajes de sabiduría oriental (usualmente conoci [...]

    6. The editor of this book was one of the first Zen teachers outside Asia, and seems to have mainly intended this book as a sort of teach-yourself manual for people who couldn't find someone to teach them. Since I wasn't really considering becoming a Zen student before reading it, and am definitely not considering it now, I don't fall into the target audience. All the same, I found it an illuminating explanation of a religion that is radically different from typical European/Western Asian religions [...]

    7. Clear, careful, detailed exposition of Zen practice (as opposed to Zen philosophy) and the varieties thereof. For those who aren't familiar with the author (Kapleau), he was the founder of the Rochester Zen Center--one of the earliest Zen institutions to be established in America.

    8. Michael Singer, who wrote The Untethered Soul, described in another of his books, The Surrender Experiment, how he read The Three Pillars of Zen in his youth was was motivated to leave grad school for the woods to meditate and to wander. Naturally, I had to see what it was all about.So sorry for the long review/notes. If you want to skip all that, just read this and you will know all: “Mu.” Big Ideas:+ The three pillars of Zen are: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment.+ The purpose of enlig [...]

    9. Today it seems the west is in a big backwash of Zen related themes. The Zen of Gardening, the Zen of Grooming your Pet, the Zen of brushing your teeth etc. Most of these accounts are by people who wouldn't know Realization if it jumped up and bit them in the rumps. It's due to these circumstances that Philip Kapleau's account of Zen is truly refreshing. Roshi Kapleau traveled back to Japan after having been stationed there post World War II to study Zen and stayed for 13 years. When he came back [...]

    10. I have a feeling that this is a great book, badly organized. At least, I couldn't follow any clear progression of thought -- the 'lectures' seemed random to me. But maybe that's because I'm not enlightened enough. It seemed to be everything you need to know about Zen crammed into one place. Nonetheless, the section on zazen is very useful; the illustrations of posture are excellent, and the questions and answers helpful to the novice. A good book for dipping into, hunting for specific informatio [...]

    11. There are many spiritual moments in this book. It is inspirational and long lived in history as well as individual lives. By the time you are finished you come to realize that in the bottom foundation, there is not much difference between Christianity and Buddhism. It is about the human search for peace and spiritual knowledge of being. This is ancient spirituality. Pretty cool for someone who is curious and open minded to all perspectives of achieving a purposeful and "good" life.

    12. A fairly good book on Zen, especially as it focuses so much on the practice of zazen. Nonetheless, it is a bit long and repetitive for how much it emphasizes the uselessness of discursive intellect.

    13. To a large extent this book mostly just served as a checksum to other books on Zen that I'm reading and have read: much of the content was not new, but said in a different way, from a different perspective which helped to clarify that the accounts I had read were accurate. This is one of the books that sought to clarify what Zen actually was for the english speaking world circa 1954-1966. So this would have been passed down from person to person for awhile, keeping a perspective formed just afte [...]

    14. Hands down, one of my favourite books on Zen Buddhism. You won't find any flowery poetry, philosophy or mind games in this book. Instead, you are given the basics of meditation, Zen life on retreats, and a feel for the Japanese flavour of Zen Buddhism. The lectures from YR are invaluable. The author has done a great job here. I'm also glad he pointed out the shallow nature of some other schools/authors that is passed off as "Zen", and which normally involves zero practical work. This idea is cor [...]

    15. Wonderful book. After having read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, I was drawn to this book in order to learn more. One of my favorite aspects is that it gives you a peek into monastic life and practice, shesshin, and Dokusan as if you were a little fly in the room, giving you a glimpse of such intimate conversations. The stories of enlightenment by Western and Eastern individuals were really touching. And, of course, Kapleau's explanations as to the basics of Zen are elucidating. The part about zazen [...]

    16. This is a far-reaching examination of numerous Zen traditions, lectures, personal essays, and advice taken from periods ranging from the 1200s to the modern era. It's dense, informative, but I wouldn't recommend it for beginners since the concepts and terminology can be difficult for those first coming to the practice.

    17. This is really a collection of lectures, letters, commentaries, and essays, compiled by the founder of the Rochester Zen Center in an effort to introduce Zen Buddhism to the Western mind. Highly recommendable for the breadth of information it contains and its accessibility. Whatever your level of interest in Zen, this is a worthy read.

    18. Một quyển sách rất hay cho những ai quan tâm tới Thiền và tu tập Thiền mà chưa có điều kiện đi học một khóa học nghiêm túc. Cuốn sách cung cấp cho bạn đọc những khái niệm cơ bản nhất về thiền đồng thời một số kinh nghiệm thiền và kinh nghiệm chứng ngộ của một số cá nhân.

    19. In high school I became fascinated with Zen Buddhism. This was the first book I really latched onto - as I discovered the mystery of a religion that offered something so unique compared to western practice. For years I sought enlightenment with the help of the books about Zen on my list.

    20. When I sewed my rakuso, I was interested in the four squares that are sewn in the corner of the box inteiror, he said alguine are lod Pillars of Zen, which led me to search among the books on these ,. I found this book on the pillars of zen what siginfico something very important in my way. I came to understand easily the Depths of its meaning in my life, in my prática. Thanks to the book to its author. Excellent.

    21. I'm giving this book five stars for two sections that I've found invaluable, as a meditator. The first is a series of dialogues between Zen students, some of them western, some of them Japanese, and a master. It's great to get inside these conversations, to find that Zen is actually compassionate and flexible. For example master the tells some students to try harder, and others, to relax and not try as hard. The second part that I loved was a section that shared the enlightenment experiences of [...]

    22. A pretty good introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism for westerners. The focus is on the practice of Zen (ie; meditation - or "zazen") rather than on religious or philosophical theorising. Indeed, an argument could be made that Zen Buddhism is not a religion as most westerners understand it, though Kapleau does argue that it is, in that a degree of faith is required on the part of its adherents. Nevertheless, the author makes the point that it is perfectly possible to practice zazen without expec [...]

    23. Good Advice-Boring Read: I hate saying it, because Philip Kapleau is so full of the good teachings that helped Zen "take" here in the USA, but this book was very boring. I understand many of his students perhaps have written the reviews here and such, and that Roshi Kapleau is in fact, a very good teacher. As for being a good writer, he is not. That said, the words on each page are accurate and concise. It is the delivery that leaves much to be desired. Let us keep in mind that when this book wa [...]

    24. This was my first introduction to Zen and Buddhism in general, and I found it a fantastic read.The book is divided into 3 sections, and each can be read on it's own, however I just read the book from cover to cover in a few days. I will re-read it after consuming a few other books though, as there is more wisdom in this book than can be digested in 1 pass.I really enjoyed the Authors writing style. For the most part was easily accessible for someone without even the basic understanding of the su [...]

    25. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to actually practice zen meditation in the form of zazen, right down to pictorials of how to sit with correct posture. It is also a good breakdown of the various factions of zen buddhism and how they differ. I wouldn't say it was much use for people with a passing interest in zen or buddhism who just want to read about it-its quite heavy going and quite rightly focused on practice, which is what i like.I would however, take with a pinch of salt the [...]

    26. This book is a primer on Zen Buddhism. It's well written and does what it aims to do.Roshi Philip Kapleau had hoped to clear some misrepresentations of Zen in the West with this book, and from it's continued publication, I suppose it has succeeded somewhat.This book is split into three general parts. The first part is a collection of letters and talks that were printed to give a general idea of what Zen Buddhism is. It contains guidance on the practice of zazen and shikan-taza, which are techniq [...]

    27. This is a relatively large book, but no page is wasted. It is a fairly all-encompassing study of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Rinzai differs from Soto Zen in that it is a bit more rigid in its structure and it focuses more on the pursuit and attainment of satori, or enlightenment. As everything from the basics (such as how to sit for meditation) to more complex ideas are discussed, this is a book appropriate for people with a mild interest, beginners, experienced practitioners, or anyone in between. My [...]

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