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Zen Essence : The Science Of Freedom - Thomas Cleary

Zen Essence

The Science Of Freedom

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2000
ISBN: 9781570625886
Number Of Pages: 136

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Drawn from the records of Chinese Zen masters of the Tang and Song dynasties, this collection may surprise some readers. In contrast to the popular image of Zen as an authoritarian, monastic tradition deeply rooted in Asian culture, these passages portray Zen as remarkably flexible, adaptive to contemporary and individual needs, and transcending cultural boundaries.

The readings contained in Zen Essence emphasize that the practice of Zen requires consciousness alone and does not depend on a background in Zen Buddhism and Asian culture. The true essence of Zen resides in the relationship between mind and culture, whatever that culture might be. This unique collection of writings creates a picture of Zen not as a religion or philosophy, but as a practical science of freedom.

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"The essential Zen teachings, selected from the voluminous Zen canon, known for their accessibility, their clarity and above all, their practical effectiveness in fostering insight. A truly rewarding book for all earnest seekers of the way to liberation."-- East and West Series

ISBN: 9781570625886
ISBN-10: 1570625883
Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 2nd May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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