A flower does not talk; Zen essays

by Zenkei Shibayama

Book, 1970



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Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle Co. [1970]

Physical description

264 p.; 19 cm

Local notes

The former abbot of Nanzenji Monastary in Kyoto, the Reverend Zenkei Shibayama, understood Western ways, and, in the early 1970s, prepared these introductory essays for English speakers.

In A Flower Does Not Talk, the author describes the basic characteristics of Zen, the training it calls for, and the Zen Personality, before presenting three typical Zen writings accompanied by informative notes. This book is beautifully illustrated with drawings, photographs of Zen inspired flower arrangements, and paintings by Zen Master Hakuin, is a classic introduction to the core of Buddhist teachings, which provide the basis for the happiness of mankind.


User reviews

LibraryThing member dbsovereign
A wonderful book, by an author whose humility shines through throughout. So many books about Zen can be a bit pretentious, this one is very readable. Provides a nice overview. Sings the praises of meditation - something we can all benefit from no matter our religious preference.
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