- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; 25th Anniversary Ed edition (1 Dec. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385260938
- ISBN-13: 978-0385260930
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Three Pillars of Zen (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition) Paperback – 1 Dec 1996
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be hard to find. The subject is enormous, many varied,
contradictory, and complex discussions abound. All views
may be valid, indeed, complimentary, but they may need years
of experience to verify. There are also the simplistic
explanations. These are wonderful, but they might not be
fulfilling to those with real curiosity. Roshi (Japanese
for "venerable teacher") Philip Kapleau's book fills this
gap masterfully. The book is both scholarly and anecdotal.
With teachings from historic and modern masters; as well as
the authors first hand account of his study of Zen.
The book is informative, inspirational, and practical.
This is the book that turned the corner for me. I went from
being interested in Zen, to feeling Zen.
I think what makes this book different from the rest is that it offers concrete, practical guidance on how to begin Zazen meditation oneself. There is of course no substitute for a reputable Zen teacher, but the fact of the matter is that in the West most people live many miles away from such support.
The guidance in Three Pillars allows those interested in Zen to begin practice themselves; those who benefit from the experience can then take it from there and join a Zen group or practice with a teacher.
Including practical advice in a book on Zen sounds deceptively simple and common-sense, but anyone who goes on to read other Zen books will see how rare this is. There are hundreds of books about Zen psychology, Zen philosophy, the Zen `way of life', but practically none on something as elementary as how one should sit!
Don't read those other books - they simply muddy the waters and lead to confusion. If you want to reach the heart of Zen then sit down, shut up, get meditating and discover it for yourself. This book will help you do that.
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The zen approach to sitting and practice is very succinctly detailed in this book. Chapter I effectively has the beginners' "how to" guide (Yasutani's introductory... Read morePublished 3 months ago by anglotaff
I ordered this book as it was recommended by the Buddhist Group I attend. The book was clear and concise.The delivery time was quicker than I expected which was goodPublished on 22 April 2013 by Nangpa J
I purchased a beginners buddism book before this one and this one is in more depth with I guess nearlly everything you will ever need. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Moonshine
Quite simply a masterpiece. If you are a beginner to Zen or a regular reader or sitter of Zazen please read this book. Its a real beauty...if there were 10 stars I'd give it ten. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2012 by Tao
In a sense this is very much a hands on book not just for the writer but also for the reader.The three pillars of the title being, teaching, practice and enlightenment Roshi Philip... Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2009 by inch worm
As the title above says this is for the thirty fifth anniversary edition sourced from Amazon.com.Same book but with a new afterword. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2008 by Foxylock
I first read Roshi Philip Kapleau book on the summer of 1980. I feel it is still one of the most informative books wriiten on Zen Buddhism. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2007 by M. A. Ramos
But first you must...
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Then, if you have done this well, you can truly... Read more
Certainly not for the beginner.I found I had to look up the words at the back if the book before I could finish the paragraph. It would be a good book for the more experiencedPublished on 13 Sept. 2003 by M.woodentop