Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

by Paul Reps

Other authorsNyogen Senzaki (Translator)
Hardcover, 1966




Charles E Tuttle Co. (1966)


Zen Flesh, Zen Bonesis the best-selling collection of the most popular enlightenment stories, anecdotes, and koans of Zen literature, which introduced a generation of Americans to Zen. Included here are four Zen and pre-Zen classics:101 Zen Stories-anecdotes and enlightenment stories of the great mastersThe Gateless Gate-forty-eight Zen koans to awaken the enlightened mind The10 Bulls,or "Ox-Herding Pictures," depicting the ten stages of awarenessCentering-a four-thousand-year-old Sanskrit text that may well be one of the roots of Zen thought

User reviews

LibraryThing member antiquary
Very stimulating collection of Zen stories which may mock
anything including other Zen traditions Some tales are interesting as stories as well as for their religious content.
LibraryThing member Arctic-Stranger
Three Zen Buddhists call into a bar....no, not those kinds of stories, but these are tales of wisdom and sometimes stupidity, but only the wisest of stupidities.

Perhaps if you wanted to "Learn" zen this is the best way...you can only do it by these stories, not by theory.
LibraryThing member gmicksmith
p. 18, #14

Muddy Road

This is an interesting tale about monks and females and how to treat them; it is one of my favorite tales and one I remember to relate as the occasion arises.
LibraryThing member dbsovereign
"'You live, move, and have your being in the sea. The sea is within you and without you, and you are made of sea, and you will end in sea."
LibraryThing member Black_samvara
Charming and as deep as you want it to be.

Local notes

boxed book


Page: 0.192 seconds