The way of Zen

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Vintage Books, Aug 28, 1989 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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The Way of Zenbegins as a succinct guide through the histories of Buddhism and Taoism leading up to the development of Zen Buddhism, which drew deeply from both traditions.  It then goes on to paint a broad but insightful picture of Zen as it was and is practiced, both as a religion and as an element of diverse East Asian arts and disciplines.  Watts's narrative clears away the mystery while enhancing the mystique of Zen. Since the first publication of this book in 1957, Zen Buddhism has become firmly established in the West.  As Zen has taken root in Western soil, it has incorporated much of the attitude and approach set forth by Watts inThe Way of Zen, which remains one of the most important introductory books in Western Zen. "No one has given us such a concise . . . introduction to the whole history of this Far Eastern development of Buddhist thought as Alan Watts, in the present, highly readable work."  --Joseph Campbell

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A clear and simple introduction. - Goodreads
It's too bad that Watts had such a tragic ending. - Goodreads
Fascinating introduction into Zen Buddhism. - Goodreads
... or maybe it's just a great overview. - Goodreads
Fantastic introduction to Zen. It left me wanting more. - Goodreads
A little hard to read, but worthwhile. - Goodreads

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Alan Watts, see the movie "Her" then read this. Read full review

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ego ⊊ consciousness Awareness ∈ Brahman ∴ Ego is a classification of consciousness. Consciousness is a product of awareness. then, you are not you. You never were, nor ever will be. Awareness does ... Read full review


The Origins of Buddhism
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