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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Zen Buddhist classic, 23 Aug 1996
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A fifth-century Buddhist Indian mystic, Bodhidharma proves to be one of Buddhism's most enigmatic masters. Acknowledged as the father of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma's teachings represent the every essence of Zen itself. Deep and pithy, he sermons guide the reader to the very summit of Buddha mind, urging the reader to look within beyond the veil of appearance. Not an ordinary book that will be read only once then tucked away on a bookshelf, Red Pine's translation of Bodhidharma's teachings will be a constant companion for many years. I highly recommend this book for both the beginner and the seasoned practitioner of Zen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplest and Best, 8 July 2012
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Other books will teach you how to sit zazen.
(This one won't)
Of all the books I have read on the philosophy of Zen, this is the most straightforward.
"Zen is not thinking".
Well worth a read.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly straight forward!, 4 Jun 1999
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One may find many insights from this book! I've read and heard many words, but none more straight forward than this. I am just happy to know dialogues of this magnitude took place long ago. I think you will fall in love with it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bodhidharma's Bare Bones Zen, 8 Feb 2010
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"A fifth-century Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen to China. Although the tradition that traces its ancestry back to him did not flourish until nearly two hundred years after his death, today millions of Zen Buddhists and students of kung fu claim him as their spiritual father.

While others viewed Zen practice as a purification of the mind or a stage on the way to perfect enlightenment, Bodhidharma equated Zen with buddhahood and believed that it had a place in everyday life. Instead of telling his disciples to purify their minds, he pointed them to rock walls, to the movements of tigers and cranes, to a hollow reed floating across the Yangtze.

This bilingual edition, the only volume of the great teacher's work currently available in English, presents four teachings in their entirety. "Outline of Practice" describes the four all-inclusive habits that lead to enlightenment, the "Bloodstream Sermon" exhorts students to seek the Buddha by seeing their own nature, the "Wake-up Sermon" defends his premise that the most essential method for reaching enlightenment is beholding the mind. The original Chinese text, presented on facing pages, is taken from a Ch'ing dynasty woodblock edition." - Amazon.com product description.

Award winning translator Red Pine has done a great service in providing these four texts by Bodhidharma. A most valuable group of texts for any practicing Buddhist.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great things come in small packages, 19 Mar 1999
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I would rate this book at the top along side the teachings of Huang-Po. These teachings are like the onramp to the Zen Expressway. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 4 Jun 2014
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very enlightening book i have great pleasure reading it and feel the need to go back to it every now and then recommend to everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time after Time, 11 May 2014
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When ever you read this you will see something new and new and new. I don't care whether this man existed or not the wisdom inside this small red book is a delight. If you have an interest in Buddhism or Zen this is essential reading, you might not like it but so what, it will take your beliefs and turn them to ashes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Direct, 29 Sep 2013
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I'm not a serious zen student, but I like eastern philosophy and I have read some books. I like this book especially because this teachings are focused in the mind, for me, the main character or the core of our lives. We can have a great degree and a good job, good family... but how is our mind is the most important. The everyday mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Buddism, 19 Mar 2013
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An easy reading short book that was enjoyable to get through and helped a lot, I have three different books now on Buddism and starting to find my way really it makes a difference in your attitude towards life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic treatise., 9 Sep 2011
Small, conscise and very illustrative. If you are interested in Zen Buddhism this is an essential book after you have had some previous introduction to the discipline. Bodhidharma is one of the greatest Zen masters and the one who introduced It first to China and then grew widespread in the Far East. It was written more than a thousand years ago but is as relevant as the latest treatise in the subject. Great translation edition which has the original pages in Chinese with their English translation pages opposite to each other.
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