Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-zen Writings

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Paul Reps, Nyogen Senzaki
Tuttle Publishing, Sep 15, 1998 - Philosophy - 211 pages
26 Reviews
When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as strong today as ever.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen.
  

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Review: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings

User Review  - Jeremy Tibbetts - Goodreads

A great read. Very solid introduction to Zen thought (if that is even possible). Finished this book feeling I had read a solid basis of zen texts and a desire to learn more. Read full review

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User Review  - Jed Ringel - Goodreads

If you like the notion that "one hand clapping" emits a sound, then you'll love this book which is a series of stories designed to curiously and delicately move the reader out of their normal frame of reference. Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD
11
101 ZEN STORIES
15
A CUP OF TEA
19
IS THAT SO?
22
OBEDIENCE
23
IF YOU LOVE LOVE OPENLY
24
ANNOUNCEMENT
25
THE MOON CANNOT BE STOLEN
27
TIME TO DIE
94
THREE KINDS OF SUCCESS
95
HOW TO WRITE A CHINESE POEM
96
THE LAST RAP
97
THE TASTE OF BANZOS SWORD
98
FIREPOKER ZEN
100
MIDNIGHT EXCURSION
101
A LETTER TO A DYING MAN
102

THE STORY OF SHUNKAI
29
HAPPY CHINAMAN
31
A BUDDHA
32
MUDDY ROAD
33
SHOUN AND HIS MOTHER
34
NOT FAR FROM BUDDHAHOOD
36
A PARABLE
38
THE FIRST PRINCIPLE
39
A MOTHERS ADVICE
40
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND
41
MY HEART BURNS LIKE FIRE
43
ESHUNS DEPARTURE
44
THREE DAYS MORE
45
TRADING DIALOGUE FOR LODGING
46
THE VOICE OF HAPPINESS
47
OPEN YOUR OWN TREASURE HOUSE
48
CALLING CARD
49
EVERYTHING IS BEST
50
MOKUSENS HAND
51
EVERYMINUTE ZEN
52
FLOWER SHOWER
53
GISHOS WORK
54
SLEEPING IN THE DAYTIME
55
IN DREAMLAND
56
JOSHUS ZEN
57
ZEN IN A BEGGARS LIFE
58
THE THIEF WHO BECAME A DISCIPLE
59
RIGHT AND WRONG
60
HOW GRASS AND TREES BECOME ENLIGHTENED
61
THE STINGY ARTIST
62
ACCURATE PROPORTION
63
BLACKNOSED BUDDHA
64
RYONENS CLEAR REALIZATION
65
SOUR MISO
66
52 YOUR LIGHT MAY GO OUT
67
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
68
THE TEAMASTER AND THE ASSASSIN
69
THE TRUE PATH
71
ARRESTING THE STONE BUDDHA
72
SOLDIERS OF HUMANITY
73
THE TUNNEL
74
GUDO AND THE EMPEROR
75
IN THE HANDS OF DESTINY
76
KILLING
77
THE SUBJUGATION OF A GHOST
78
CHILDREN OF HIS MAJESTY
79
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHAT ARE YOU SAYING
80
ONE NOTE OF ZEN
81
EATING THE BLAME
82
THE MOST VALUABLE THING IN THE WORLD
83
THE BLOCKHEAD LORD
84
TRUE REFORMATION
85
TEMPER
86
THE STONE MIND
87
REAL PROSPERITY
89
THE REAL MIRACLE
90
JUST GO TO SLEEP
91
NOTHING EXISTS
92
TRUE FRIENDS
93
A DROP OF WATER
103
NONATTACHMENT
104
TOSUIS VINEGAR
105
THE SILENT TEMPLE
106
THE GATELESS GATE
109
JOSHUS DOG
115
HYAKUJOS FOX
117
GUTEIS FINGER
119
A BEARDLESS FOREIGNER
120
KYOGEN MOUNTS THE TREE
121
JOSHU WASHES THE BOWL
123
A BUDDHA BEFORE HISTORY
124
SEIZEI ALONE AND POOR
125
JOSHU EXAMINES A MONK IN MEDITATION
126
ZUIGAN CALLS HIS OWN MASTER
127
NANSEN CUTS THE CAT IN TWO
128
TOZANS THREE BLOWS
129
BELLS AND ROBES
131
THREE CALLS OF THE EMPERORS TEACHER
132
TOZANS THREE POUNDS
133
THE ENLIGHTENED MAN
134
DRIED DUNG
135
KASHAPAS PREACHING SIGN
136
DO NOT THINK GOOD DO NOT THINK NOTGOOD
137
WITHOUT WORDS WITHOUT SILENCE
138
PREACHING FROM THE THIRD SEAT
139
TWO MONKS ROLL UP THE SCREEN
140
IT IS NOT MIND IT IS NOT BUDDHA IT IS NOT THINGS
141
NOT THE WIND NOT THE FLAG
143
THIS MIND IS BUDDHA
144
JOSHU INVESTIGATES
145
A PHILOSOPHER ASKS BUDDHA
146
THIS MIND IS NOT BUDDHA
147
TWO SOULS
148
MEETING A ZEN MASTER ON THE ROAD
149
AN OAK TREE IN THE GARDEN
150
UMMONS SIDETRACK
151
BODHIDHARMA PACIFIES THE MIND
152
THE GIRL COMES OUT FROM MEDITATION
153
SHUZANS SHORT STAFF
155
BASHOS STAFF
156
PROCEED FROM THE TOP OF THE POLE
157
THREE GATES OF TOSOTSU
158
ONE ROAD OF KEMBO
159
AMBANS ADDITION
160
10 BULLS
163
THE SEARCH FOR THE BULL
168
DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS
170
PERCEIVING THE BULL
172
CATCHING THE BULL
174
TAMING THE BULL
176
RIDING THE BULL HOME
178
THE BULL TRANSCENDED
180
BOTH BULL AND SELF TRANSCENDED
182
REACHING THE SOURCE
184
IN THE WORLD
186
CENTERING
189
What Is Zen?
211
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About the author (1998)

Paul Reps, the compiler, was an American who lived in many countries, including India, Norway, and Japan, and studied many of man's efforts to find and realize his true spiritual stature. He was the author of several books of poems and prose. He once said that he felt "the equal of each grass blade and pebble and believe that it is possible to be happy though human and grown up."

Nyogen Senzaki, a Buddhist scholar of international character to whom Reps acknowledged a deep debt of gratitude, was born in Japan. Early in life he became a "homeless monk," wandering the land and studying from Buddhist monastery to monastery. His wanderings eventually took him to America, where for over 50 years he lived in California, with no connection with any sect, denomination, or cathedral, radiating the free and creative spirit of Zen upon all who cared to share his study, meditation, wisdom, and loving kindness.

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