The Way of Zen Book
Score: 3.5
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The Way of Zen


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-02-16
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307784346

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The Way of Zen Excerpt :

In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts ("the perfect guide for a course correction in life" —Deepak Chopra), explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and in The Way of Zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere. “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” —Los Angeles Times

The Way of Zen Book

The Way of Zen


  • Author : Alan W Watts
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2021-07-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473590878

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The Way of Zen Excerpt :

'The perfect guide for a course correction in life' Deepak Chopra If we open our eyes and see clearly it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant An insightful exploration into the origins and history of Zen Buddhism from pioneering Zen scholar Alan Watts. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, Watts explores the principles of Zen and how it can revolutionize our daily life.

The Way of Zen Book

The Way of Zen


  • Author : Alan Wilson Watts
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1974
  • Genre: Zen Buddhism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:234090506

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What Is Zen  Book

What Is Zen


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2010-09-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781577318170

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What Is Zen Excerpt :

A fervent, lifelong student of Zen, Alan Watts shows us that it is both an experience — a singular, powerful moment of realization — and a simple way of life, with an awareness that affects every moment of every day. Adopted by mainstream America in a way that carries only a vague association of its roots in Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts makes it clear that any exploration of Zen must understand and embrace its roots as a form of Buddhist practice derived from its Chinese and East Indian sources. Examining the background of Zen in East Indian religion, Watts shows us its evolution through the religion of China. Zen is a synthesis of the contemplative insight of Indian religion and the dynamic liveliness of Taoism as they came together in the pragmatic, practical environment of Confucian China. Watts gives us great insight into the living moment of satori and the release of nirvana, as well as the methods of meditation that are current today, and the influence of Zen culturally in the arts of painting and pottery.

The Method of Zen Book

The Method of Zen


  • Author : Eugen Herrigel
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1974-07-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780394712444

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The Method of Zen Excerpt :

A precise description of the techniques used in Zen training.

Taking the Path of Zen Book
Score: 5
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Taking the Path of Zen


  • Author : Robert Aitken
  • Publisher : North Point Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466895232

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Taking the Path of Zen Excerpt :

There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism. Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.

The Ways of Zen Book

The Ways of Zen


  • Author : C. C. Tsai
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691220512

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The Ways of Zen Excerpt :

From bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai, a delightfully illustrated collection of classic Zen Buddhist stories that enlighten as they entertain C. C. Tsai is one of Asia’s most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. In The Ways of Zen, he has created an entertaining and enlightening masterpiece from the rich collections of the Zen Buddhist tradition, bringing classic stories to life in delightful language and vividly detailed comic illustrations. Combining all the stories previously published in Tsai’s Wisdom of the Zen Masters and Zen Speaks, this is the artist’s largest collection of selections from the most important and famous Zen texts. The story of the illiterate wood-peddler Huineng, who improbably rises to become the most famous Zen patriarch, is joined by others that trace the development of the five major sects of Zen Buddhism through other masters such as Mazu, Linji, and Yunmen. A shattered antique, a blind man carrying a lantern, sutras set on fire, a cow jumping through a window—each story leads the reader to reflect on fundamental Buddhist ideas. The Ways of Zen also features the original Chinese text in side columns on each page, enriching the book for readers and students of Chinese without distracting from the English-language cartoons. Filled with memorable anecdotes and disarming wisdom, The Ways of Zen is a perfect introduction to Zen Buddhism and an essential addition to any Zen collection.

The Spirit of Zen Book
Score: 5
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The Spirit of Zen


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Pomona Press
  • Release Date : 2008-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 137
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443733519

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The Spirit of Zen Excerpt :

Here is something quite unfamiliar to the West, something which will appeal strongly to all who are trying to find deeper reality in life than philosophy and conventional religion can express. Historically, Zen is an aspect of Buddhism, but in itself it is so vital and elusive that it escapes definition. To be understood it must be lived. As a way of life it is the highest achievement of the Chinese spirit and the inspiration of its greatest art. Through Zen, Chinese culture reinforms our own with new meaning and offers us altogether new possibilities in a world of change. Contents Include: The Origins of Zen The Secret of Zen The Technique of Zen Life in a Zen Community Zen and the Civilization of the Far East

Zen  the Supreme Experience Book

Zen the Supreme Experience


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Collins & Brown
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : 1843337142

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Zen the Supreme Experience Excerpt :

Comprised of Watts’ acclaimed (and never before published) radio transcripts, this remarkable volume offers unique insights. With wit and lucidity, he discusses the nature of the self and the mystery of existence, presenting Zen both from his standpoint as a scholar with a deep understanding of Judeo-Christian traditions and as a Westerner who found meaning in Buddhism.

Zen Book

Zen


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608685882

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Zen Excerpt :

According to Alan Watts, "Zen taste deplores the cluttering of a picture or of a room with many objects." In that sense, this minimalist book embodies the aesthetic of Zen itself. As with brushstrokes in a Japanese ink painting, the words have been used sparingly and arranged precisely, with no unnecessary detail. In seven brief chapters, Watts captures the essence of Zen Buddhism as a religion and a way of life. He explains fundamental Zen concepts, introduces revered Zen thinkers, places Zen within the broader context of Eastern religion, and traces the influence of Zen in the arts. Illustrated with calligraphy and drawings by the author, this reprint of an old classic will delight fans of Alan Watts, while introducing new readers to a legendary author who infused groundbreaking scholarship with literary brilliance.

Zen and the Beat Way Book

Zen and the Beat Way


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Zen Buddhism
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X006048075

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Zen and the Beat Way Excerpt :

The Zen life depicted by Kerouac's Dharma Bums had a strong appeal for the Beat generation. Alan Watts also saw that the Beat way of life could be described in Zen terms - desire for an unencumbered life beyond social constraints. This text is based on talks given by the author in the 1950s.

The Circle of the Way Book

The Circle of the Way


  • Author : Barbara O'Brien
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2019-11-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611805789

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The Circle of the Way Excerpt :

A comprehensive, accessible guide to the fascinating history of Zen Buddhism--including important figures, schools, foundational texts, practices, and politics. Zen Buddhism has a storied history--Bodhidharma sitting in meditation in a cave for nine years; a would-be disciple cutting off his own arm to get the master's attention; the proliferating schools and intense Dharma combat of the Tang and Song Dynasties; Zen nuns and laypeople holding their own against patriarchal lineages; the appearance of new masters in the Zen schools of Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and later the Western world. In The Circle of the Way, Zen practitioner and popular religion writer Barbara O'Brien brings clarity to this huge swath of history by charting a middle way between Zen's traditional lore and the findings of modern historical scholarship. In a clear and often funny style, O'Brien parses fact from fiction while always attending to the greatest interest of contemporary practitioners--the development of Zen doctrine and practice as a living tradition across cultures and centuries.

The Book Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

The Book


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1989-08-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679723004

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The Book Excerpt :

A revelatory primer on what it means to be human, from "the perfect guide for a course correction in life" (Deepak Chopra)—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

In My Own Way Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

In My Own Way


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2011-02-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781577319931

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In My Own Way Excerpt :

In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.

Tao Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Tao


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 1977-01-12
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN 10 : 9780394733111

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Tao Excerpt :

Drawing on ancient and modern sources, "a lucid discussion of Taoism and the Chinese language [that's] profound, reflective, and enlightening." —Boston Globe According to Deepak Chopra, "Watts was a spiritual polymatch, the first and possibly greatest." Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts. "Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, . . . Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit."—Los Angeles Times