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
This is a deep insight to Zen buddhism. - Goodreads
As for being a good writer, he is not. - Goodreads
It provides stories and excellent explanations. - Goodreads
great introduction to zen buddhism. - Goodreads

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Living in a trailer and determined to face the looming despair of actually having to grow up and make a living, this book truly opened reality for me. As a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, this book ... 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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