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Classics of Buddhism and Zen: "Zen Lessons", "Zen Essence", "The Five Houses of Zen" v.1: "Zen Lessons", "Zen Essence", "The Five Houses of Zen" Vol 1 Hardcover – 13 Sep 2001

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1st edition (13 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570628319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628313
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,885,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Cleary is the translator of "Opening the Dragon Gate" by Chen Kaiguo and Zhen Shunchao and "The Story of Chinese Zen" by Nan Huai-Chin, as well as "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, "The Japanese Art of War," and dozens of other titles on martial philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism, religion, and philosophy. He was born in 1949 and lives in Oakland, CA. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d55c774) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf928c4) out of 5 stars Essential for Zen students, enriching for all 19 Feb. 2009
By Ted Biringer - Published on Amazon.com
Essential for Zen students, enriching for all.

All Five Volumes of Classics of Buddhism and Zen contain the translations of some of the most essential literature of Buddhism and Zen.

Volume One focuses primarily on the classic Chinese masters of Zen (like Pai-chang, Lin-chi-tsung [J.Rinzai] and his teacher, Huang-po, Yunmen, and more), but also contains some gems from Japanese masters (including Eihei Dogen), and a wonderful translation of one of the classic meditation treatises by the Korean master Chinul.

As the Collected Works of Thomas Cleary, these translations span his remarkably prolific career. Finally, they have become available in this beautiful, accessible five-volume set. This five-volume set includes nearly all of Thomas Cleary's translations (some have even been slightly revised and updated). They also include all the supplemental material included in the original individual translations, ie. glossaries, notes, indexes, Introductions, and Cleary's own insightful commentaries.

Only a handful of Thomas Cleary's Buddhist and Zen translations are not included in this set, primarily because their own bulk would necessarily constitute a volume unto themselves-these include, The Blue Cliff Record (trans. with J.C. Cleary), The Book of Serenity, and The Avatamsaka Sutra.

Volume One contains:

Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership

Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom

The Five Houses of Zen

Minding Mind: A Course in Basic Meditation

Instant Zen

All five volumes are formatted for ease of access and reading. The set, or the individual volumes are a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in Zen or Buddhism, Eastern Religion or Eastern Philosophy. The Hardcovers are sturdy and finely bound, the Trade Paper are also made to last.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf97bac) out of 5 stars a staggering work of great depth 10 Aug. 2012
By null - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book has so much in it it is amazing! it covers five different zen perspectives (the five houses), the teachings of a slough of teachers that likely go outside the five houses, how too meditate in the zen fashion, how too think "zen", how too lead in a zen way, and so on. a bit of it is explained by the narrator in the form of very useful introductions and some notes, but the bulk of this book is translations of the actual works of the ancient zen masters! complete works of the guys you've heard about, or read little snippets or quotes by before.

there are so many gems it is really impressive.

the fact that he represents all five houses is really something. the way zen has been presented too the west is that it's just one thing, or one school. in reality it doesn't even fit into five different subdivisions (houses)!!! there are hundreds of schools, each teaching somewhat the same, but also with critical differences. you can't just pick up any zen book from any school by any teacher and expect consistency. and that's even if you stick too just chinese zen (chan) or just japanese zen. even within those countries alone it is divided many, many times. then if you include the ten or more other asian countries that have a zen tradition, it gets even more divided!

being able too see the different ideas grouped into their appropriate houses was very illuminating considering how many people would just lump all the teachings together even though they don't always fit!

truly blown away by this book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d96eb4c) out of 5 stars Essential for Zen students, enriching for all 24 April 2008
By Ted Biringer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Essential translations of the classic texts of Buddhism and Zen!

All Five Volumes of Classics of Buddhism and Zen contain the translations of some of the most essential literature of Buddhism and Zen.

Volume One focuses primarily on the classic Chinese masters of Zen (like Pai-chang, Lin-chi-tsung [J.Rinzai] and his teacher, Huang-po, Yunmen, and more), but also contains some gems from Japanese masters (including Eihei Dogen), and a wonderful translation of one of the classic meditation treatises by the Korean master Chinul.

As the Collected Works of Thomas Cleary, these translations span his remarkably prolific career. Finally, they have become available in this beautiful, accessible five-volume set. This five-volume set includes nearly all of Thomas Cleary's translations (some have even been slightly revised and updated). They also include all the supplemental material included in the original individual translations, ie. glossaries, notes, indexes, Introductions, and Cleary's own insightful commentaries.

Only a handful of Thomas Cleary's Buddhist and Zen translations are not included in this set, primarily because their own bulk would necessarily constitute a volume unto themselves--these include, The Blue Cliff Record (trans. with J.C. Cleary), The Book of Serenity, and The Avatamsaka Sutra.

Volume One contains:

Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership

Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom

The Five Houses of Zen

Minding Mind: A Course in Basic Meditation

Instant Zen

(You can find more info on the contents of these texts by "searching" them individually).

All five volumes are formatted for ease of access and reading. The set, or the individual volumes are a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in Zen or Buddhism, Eastern Religion or Eastern Philosophy. The Hardcovers are sturdy and finely bound, the Trade Paper are also made to last.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf98fa8) out of 5 stars Great Collection of Teachings 5 April 2013
By Michael Witkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent translation,

This is very difficult subject matter to translate, Clearly does an excellent job.

Enjoy searching for The Way
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By J.J.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An excellent collection of Cleary's translations of Zen Classics.
Full of real insight that points the Way through this confusing
age of science and materialistic religions towards true Awakening.
"Don't cling, don't seek. Act spontaneously without attachment."
"Float like a cloud, flow like water, bend like grass in the wind."

Highly recommended!
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