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Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn Paperback – 18 Feb 1994

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; Reissue edition (18 Feb. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802130526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802130525
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Dropping Ashes onthe Buddha is a fresh presentation of the Zen teaching method of 'instant dialogue' between Master and student that, through the use of astonishment and paradox, leads to an understanding of ultimate reality.

About the Author

Stephen Mitchell is Leverhulme Professor of Hellenistic Culture at the University of Exeter. Previous books include A History of the Later Roman Empire AD 284 641 (2007) and, more recently, The Imperial Temple at Ankara and the Res Gestae of the Emperor Augustus. A Historical Guide (2008).


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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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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 1999
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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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Hilarious, gripping, hugely entertaining. A true glimpse into the mind of one of history's most eminent Zen teachers. If everyone on the planet read this book, and meditated for just fifteen minutes per day, there'd probably be world peace in less than a decade. This book, along with The Compass of Zen are the most enlightened books I've ever read. Eckhart Tolle's 'The Power of Now' comes a close second to these, in my opinion, followed by Scott Peck's 'The Road Less Travelled'.
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By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1996
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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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