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To Meet the Real Dragon: Seeking the Truth in a World of Chaos [Paperback]

Gudo Nishijima , Jeffrey Alan Bailey
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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications (29 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870405942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870405945
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,336,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the real Zen 16 April 2010
I suppose there must be a million books on Buddhism and I feel as if I have read half of them. That should be enough to confirm that all the books in the world don't necessarily lead to 'The Way' or 'Enlightenment' or whatever it is one is searching for. There is a world of difference between Buddhism and 'Buddhology'. And of course Bhuddists will confirm an intellectual knowledge of the teaching is not enough, you have to actually live the teaching, make it an essential part of your life. Aspiring Buddhists who don't have a propensity to religiosity or the metaphysical will find it impossible to do that because the subject is shrouded in religiosity such as monks, temples, concepts like Nirvana, Enlightenment etc. Being disillusioned by all this prompted me to enquire about Zen. I love the solitude of the countryside and the solace that nature brings and Zen Buddhists seem of like mind so I enquired. The first book I read claimed to show what Zen is but by the end of the book I still didn't know. Was it something that only the Japanese mind and culture would understand? Nishijima's book does better and gave me an insight into Zen but it's still a bit heavy on philosophy and not very 'practical'. But you learn a bit more in every book and sometimes seeing something at another angle drives it home. The book confirmed to me that Zen is really another viewpoint or angle of the central core of Buddhist teaching as seen by Master Dogen a medieval Japanese monk. He wrote the Shobogenzo, a treatise on his interpretation of the Indian Buddha's teaching. The book prints some of Dogen's words but they are difficult and impenetrable so that's a fat lot of good. Nishijima does interpret sections which is helpful. Read more ›
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