Zen and the Comic Spirit

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Westminster Press, 1974 - Wit and humor - 192 pages
In Zen as in no other religious movement are the principal records, the techniques for spiritual realization, the art and aesthetics, and the portrayal of the spirit and style of its masters so intimately intertwined with the comic spirit and perspective. In the sayings of Zen masters one soon discovers that the object of laughter is really oneself, trapped in the predicament and folly of mankind. The purpose of wit, in Zen teachings, is to reveal the rational approach as a false trail. The author of this study surveys Zen literature to reveal the profound perception and direct experience of reality beneath the seeming playfulness and lightheartedness of Zen Buddhist writers and techers.

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