The Zen eye: a collection of Zen talks by Sokei-an

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Weatherhill, Jul 1, 1993 - Religion - 167 pages
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Sokei-an (1882 - 1945), the first Zen master to settle in America, once remarked that "Bringing Zen to America is as uncertain as trying to plant a lotus by holding it to a rock." Thanks to the efforts of Sokei-an & other pioneering monks, the lotus has taken root & blossomed vigorously on the side of the Pacific. For many, such as Alan Watts, it was Sokei-an's weekly lectures that provided a first taste of Zen. From the notes taken at these meetings, the talks were reconstructed by Sokei-an's disciple, the late Mary Farkas. Appearing in print for the first time, the direct transmission of Zen wisdom to America that the first generation of teachers accomplished with such wit & vigor is complete at last. Sokei-an's talks reflect his vivid personality, his enthusiasm for America & Americans & particularly for his adopted home, New York City. In these lectures, clear as a bell & penetrating as a beacon, Sokei-an reaches out to shape American Zen with wisdom & compassion that makes THE ZEN EYE a Zen classic as pivotal as D.T. Suzuki's ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM & as powerful as Shunryu Suzuki's ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND.

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One of the best books on Zen that I've found. Sokei-An had a knack for taking ancient eastern concepts and translating them in a way that modern western minds can easily comprehend. This book is a series of informal talks given by Sokei-An in the early 1930's at his Zen Center in New York (which is still there today). Thi These talks were copied down by his students and later edited into this book.
Highly recommended for any serious student of Zen.

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pretty standard pointing toward the More. none of the phrasings seemed particularly interesting/exciting. maybe they will at another time. Read full review


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