A comprehensive look at Zen, one of the most popular forms of Buddhism for Western minds. Chapters include the birth of Zen, the nature of Zen, the fruits of Zen, Zen technique, satori (enlightenment), Zen in English literature, & Zen for the West. Contains many quotations from Zen texts. A lively, lucid book by an eminent Buddhist.Ó The author presents a very comprehensive idea of Zen in all its aspects.Ó The process of Zen is a leap from thinking to knowing . . . Christmas Humphreys expounds with great clarity an often misinterpreted way of life.Ó First published in 1949.
Did I mention he's pretentious? The author's overly-pedantic writing style was enough to have me contemplating just dropping the course I read this for altogether. I ended up sticking it out, which was rewarding, as we moved on to more worthwhile analysis and explanation of Zen later in the course.
I put the book down last year, and picking it up today can feel no joy when holding it in my hand. So, I'm sending it on it's way. I can't rate it as I've read only 46 pages, but have no appetite for any more. Another book on Zen will, no doubt, comfortably find it's way into my hand at some point.