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The Three Pillars of Zen

Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment
Narrateur(s): Sean Runnette
Durée: 14 h et 27 min
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In this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen - teaching, practice, and enlightenment - Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives listeners invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices. Revised and updated, this edition features a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who succeeded Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center. A moving, eye-opening work, The Three Pillars of Zen is the definitive introduction to the history and discipline of Zen.

©2000 Roshi Philip Kapleau (P)2017 Tantor

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"For anyone seriously interested in Zen - this book will be invaluable." ( The Times Literary Supplement)

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  • sherry
  • 2018-10-25

Insightful....

I have read/listened to a fair amount of spiritually based books, from different practices, over the years......
this is by far the most comprehendible one so far on the understanding of zen.

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  • Peter Capaldi
  • 2017-09-16

Guidebook on Zan Buddhism

Would you consider the audio edition of The Three Pillars of Zen to be better than the print version?

You can't compare the two because they are the same thing just in different formats. Personally I own both & the previous audible version. I much prefer the previous narrator Bodhin Kjolhede. Bodhin Kjolhede was a student of the author Roshi Kjolhede & his successor & has an authentic tone & was much more enjoyable to listen too.

What other book might you compare The Three Pillars of Zen to and why?

"Body & Mind Are One: A training In Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh. Also "Peach Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh. Both of these books along with The Three Pillars of Zen both are essentially about Buddhist philosophy. Thich Nhat Hanh's books primarily focus on the practice of mindfulness While Three Pillars of Zen is mostly a how too on two traditions of Japanese Zen Buddhism which focus on sitting & walking silent meditation, History of Zen, the authors personall training in zen in Japan & his personal practice as roshi (teacher) & how he adapted his teaching for westerners with approval of his teachers while keeping true to the traditions. Roshi Philip Kapleu founded The Rochester Zen Center in Rochester, NY whis was the first Budhist Zen center in the U.S.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was ok. Honestly I'm partial to the narrator of the previous audible version Bodhin Kjolhede. Bodhin Kjolhede was a student of the author Roshi Philip Kapleu & his successor & has an authentic tone & was much more enjoyable to listen too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Three Pillars of Zen is mostly a how too on two traditions of Japanese Zen Buddhism which focus on sitting & walking silent meditation, History of Zen, the authors personall training in zen in Japan & his personal practice as roshi (teacher) & how he adapted his teaching for westerners with approval of his teachers while keeping true to the traditions. Roshi Philip Kapleu founded The Rochester Zen Center in Rochester, NY whis was the first Budhist Zen center in the U.S.

Any additional comments?

You can find more information on the author & the center he founded by googeling "The Rochester Zen Center"

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  • S. C. Miller
  • 2018-08-21

Enlightenment achieved

I have been slowly walking down the path not necessarily to enlightenment but to awareness. I was riding on a tractor at night on the farm spreading manure while listening to the audio version of this book. While listening to the koan “mu” I dissolved into the universe. Tears and joy alternated as I was one with the awareness. My lasting impact is like others with near death experiences where seeing my eternal me has freed me from the fear of death. Forever grateful for all those seen and unseen that guided me to this awareness.

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  • Charles F Brown
  • 2018-11-24

inspired my meditation practice

Having come to Zen from other disciplines, I found this book to be helpful in defining Zen from other kinds of meditation. Descriptions of retreat experiences inspired me to try one myself. Diary entries of those who became enlightened are very helpful in navigating my zazen sit experiences.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-05-03

10/10 would read again

If you're thinking about listening, please do.
It's a very comprehensive and insightful introduction? To zen

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  • SALVADOR G.
  • 2019-03-05

there is no way you miss this jewel

Eye opener, i feel I know about Zen now, it delivers so much value. So rich in content, it is definitely an essential one. altogether beautiful and easy to get through, a pleasure to listen.

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  • JeffRuLz
  • 2019-03-30

Zen explained for the west. Classic Japanese Zen.

I have read many books on Buddhism with a special focus on the practice of Zen. There are many forms of Zen Buddhism depending what traditional beliefs were already in place in the place when Monks came they appreciate tradition so, practices were adjusted, but the same basic message was always the same. We are all Buddha. This book is a translation from one of the last classic Zen Masters in Japan after World war 2. He did a splendid job of explaining what the difference between meditation and Zazen is. and his teachings get deeper and he tells storys that westerners can relate to. My Sanga uses the teachings of this book as the guide for our practice.
The reader was wonderful. he went slow and his perfect pronounciation of the Japanese made it very easy to follow the different name references as well as the formal and informal traditions. I will look for more books read by this person.
The basic core training practices are introduced and explained rather well. A good job was done to stay on point even while in deep dissertation regarding an in depth topic.
this book is my favorite purchase of a digital book and I listen to it often.

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  • A. Henderson-Ricardez
  • 2020-03-11

Consider the book first, but this is a solid alter

This was one of my foundational books when entering the Zen community over twenty years ago. Roshi gives his talks with a directness that practitioners need. There's very little on the esoteric nature of Buddhism, and more on the experience relative to a deeper understanding. He was a beautiful man, and this is a beautiful book. Perfect for any zen practitioner, both beginners and the more experienced. A top 5 foundations book for zen, hands down.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-02-24

Great

The Bassui talk and letters alone make it worth the price. A lot of good information and practical tips.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-02-11

absolutely outstanding. Loved it.

it laid out the complete strategy for enlightenment. including natural and illusionary and dilutions that will inhibit advancement.
Also, with many Q and A directly from the source.
A must have for anyone wanting a true connection to the oneness of existence.
Great flow and perfect reiteration of lessons and information.