Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

by Paul Reps

Other authorsNyogen Senzaki (Translator)
Hardcover, 1966




Charles E Tuttle Co. (1966)


With over one million copies sold fifty years after its first printing,Zen Flesh, Zen Bones has inspired countless lives. Hailed as the most profound religious philosophy ever, this far-reaching system of aesthetics truly tackles the question: What is Zen? Zen Flesh, Zen Bones has been sharing wisdom and enlightenment with readers since 1957. An inspirational four-books-in-one volume at your fingertips, this collection of Zen and pre-Zen writings includes: 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth-century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen. A lovely gift, share the inspiration and enlightenment found inZen Flesh, Zen Bones with someone you love.… (more)

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 Black_samvara
Charming and as deep as you want it to be.
LibraryThing member James_Patrick_Joyce
I remember being quite inspired by this book, but details are sketchy. I'll have to give it a re-read, at some point.
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."

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