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The Zen Experience by [Hoover, Thomas]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2040 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
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  • Publisher: Penguin (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X99TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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I tend to avoid writing book reviews, the experience of a book is often too subjective for them to be meaningful, however in this instance I am going to make an exception. This is a very good book, a very good read, and absolutely astonishing considering it costs nothing. If you are interested in the history of Zen, or Chinese/Japanese buddhism in general, or even simply curious, then download this book now. The narrative flows easily, never becoming turgid or technical, and the author's knowledge of the subject is readily apparent. I am sure that if you are in one "camp" or other within the buddhist community some of his opinions may be contentious, but for an outsider's or layman's view of the subject this is as good as any I have read. You lose nothing by giving it a read.
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This is a history of the development of the Zen philosophical school and not an explanation of its principal tenets or its techniques. As such it is comprehensive in its attention to detailing the successive individuals who played major parts in its flowering. However, it's also fair to say that as such it becomes something of a boring trudge through the different epochs of the history and the anecdotes which feature each of the major players are tedious in their similarity and format. Time and time again, each "would be master" is "enlightened" as a consequence of going to see an acknowledged existing master and either asking a typically zen question of him or asked one themselves by that master, whereupon the reply amounts to either striking the questioner, or shouting at him or performing some other type of "inscrutable" act. Immediately thereafter the would be seeker is said to have become "immediately enlightened". It's all very repetitive and, in fact, is not enlightening at all to the reader.

If all you want is a chronological history of the development of Zen then this book will do that job for you. However, if you're seeking a deeper understanding of what Zen is all about then I suggest you stick to the works of Alan Watts or D.T.Suzuki.
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I really enjoyed this very accessible history of the development of Zen Buddhism that introduces many of the wandering monks and itinerant poets that played a role in creating Zen's own corporeal mythology. I particularly enjoyed discovering about Hanshan, Shide and Ikkyu and look forward to discovering more of their poems.
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I`ve always loved reading about zen,and although i`ve read many books on the subject,this one is for me superb. i have every intention of reading it again from the beginning excellent zen material,and some new stuff as well.Up there with the best for me.
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Wasn't sure what to expect from this book and i must say i was very pleasantly surprised. Excellent history of how Zen came to be, from its origins in Indian buddhism, through China becoming ch'an then onto Japan to finally becoming Zen. With excellent collections of mini stories of masters along the way you really get a feeling of comfort, wisdom and amusement. Mr Hoover has fitted this all together nicely into a fascinating read. highly recommended
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Lovely combination of a philosophies history, interior adaptations and social relevance. With some well chosen stories and folklore which really capture your imagination and inspire.
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Well written, and very informative, giving an in depth history of how Zen arose and progressed. Background information about China and Japan are interesting too.
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This is an amazing piece of work combining anecdotal evidence and history of Ch'an/Zen Buddhism. I have been hooked to this book ever since I received it. Surely this work is a must for any person interested in the history and thinkers - or is that non-thinkers? - behind Ch'an thought,or no-thought, as the case may be. Anyway, I recommend this to anyone interested in Buddhism, philosophy, Daoism and religious history. It has been a long time since a book has had me this engrossed.
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