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Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Mitchell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Somebody comes into the Zen center with a lighted cigarette, walks up to the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. You are standing there. What can you do?” This is a problem that Zen Master Seung Sahn is fond of posing to his American students who attend his Zen centers. Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a delightful, irreverent, and often hilariously funny living record of the dialogue between Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn and his American students. Consisting of dialogues, stories, formal Zen interviews, Dharma speeches, and letters using the Zen Master’s actual words in spontaneous, living interaction with his students, this book is a fresh presentation of the Zen teaching method of “instant dialogue” between Master and student which, through the use of astonishment and paradox, leads to an understanding of ultimate reality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reissue edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in Zen? Read this book!!!! 14 Jun. 1999
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After reading this book about a year ago, I finally made the decision to really find out what all this zen stuff was all about. Though as someone "philosophically inclined" it took me some time to wrap my self around his "just don't know" and the like. But never for a moment was I anything but totally engrossed by his presentation. And he's funny too! What more could you want?!? A Stand-up Zen master...exactly what I've been waiting for! For a more complete presentation, check out Seung Sahn's "The Compass of Zen".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 25 Jan. 1999
By A Customer
A well written book on Zen. Along with "Three pillars of Zen", I've made this book a gift to many of my students. I most like the chapter "The Zen Circle". It is a fine way to desribe "the mind" to anyone interested in this subject matter.
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It'd be impossible for me to say enough good things about this book. From the first time I read it in 1997 - I keep reading bits over and over again. One can never exhaust it... Impossible. In my opinion this is THE best introduction to zen. And in the great tradition of zen, Seung Sahn is ALWAYS entertaining. He's the perfect teacher: he reveals us to ourselves. Amazing man, amazing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 25 Oct. 1996
By A Customer
Great introduction to Korean Zen, which is more
light-hearted than some other flavors. This book is
responsible for me becoming interested in Buddhism. And it's
really funny. too! Highly reccomended.
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