The Three Pillars of Zen

The Three Pillars of Zen

Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism.  An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.

Title:The Three Pillars of Zen
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385260930
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    The Three Pillars of Zen Reviews

  • WILLIAM2

    In his essays on Synchronicity C.G. Jung writes of the “acausal connecting principal” or what we in the West refer to as chance. Jung believed in events not connected causally, and thus unprovable...

  • Gabrielle

    I was expecting a different kind of book when I picked up “The Three Pillars of Zen”; I think I was expecting a teaching book, with a clear plan (sort of like “On Zen Practice” https://www.goo...

  • robin friedman

    Searching For MuThere is a famous Zen koan (a Zen paradox which the student of Zen must resolve on the path to enlightenment) known as Mu. As recounted in this book (page 82) it goes like this: "A mon...

  • Robert

    First of all, language is conceptual, dividing the world up into categorical separations. The most basic instructions given for Zen practice should be sufficient to experience this simple, delicate, e...

  • Viet Hung

    Must read for meditation practitioners. The book clearly explains in details all things about Japanese Zen. It is very useful, helpful for people who are learning and practicing Zen / Buddhism meditat...

  • Michael Cabus

    Spiritual books often rely on a variety of literary devices; biography, testimony, instruction and problem statements for contemplation. Nearly all have a fair bit of repetition usually because the id...

  • Levas

    I have had my reservations regarding this book. And though I still have them, this is one powerful read regarding Japanese Zen. Varying human perspective (letters to students, all kinds of experiences...

  • IAO131

    A fairly good book on Zen, especially as it focuses so much on the practice of zazen. Nonetheless, it is a bit long and repetitive for how much it emphasizes the uselessness of discursive intellect. ...

  • Stewart Dorward

    The practical nature of the first part is inspiring. Up to page 161 covers a small group of short talks on very useful points such as delusions that can be experienced in sitting, types of sitting, mo...

  • Jason

    Today it seems the west is in a big backwash of Zen related themes. The Zen of Gardening, the Zen of Grooming your Pet, the Zen of brushing your teeth etc. Most of these accounts are by people who wou...