The three pillars of Zen: teaching, practice, and enlightenment

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Beacon Press, 1970 - Philosophy - 363 pages
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Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism. An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.

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Good introduction to Zen Buddhism. - Goodreads
It provides stories and excellent explanations. - Goodreads
great introduction to zen buddhism. - Goodreads

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A great book to read and as an introduction to Zen Buddhism Read full review

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A fairly good book on Zen, especially as it focuses so much on the practice of zazen. Nonetheless, it is a bit long and repetitive for how much it emphasizes the uselessness of discursive intellect. Read full review


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Philip Kapleau's classic "Three Pillars of Zen" has sold an estimated five hundred thousand copies. He is the author of "Awakening to Zen, Zen: Merging of East and West, The Wheel of Life and Death," and "The Zen of Living and Dying." Kapleau was the first Westerner to be ordained a roshi. He established the Rochester Zen Center in 1966. He lives in Rochester, New York.

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