THE THREE PILLARS OF ZEN Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment
by Kapleau, Roshi P.
Published by Anchor Books, Garden City NY (1980)
ISBN 10: 0385147864 ISBN 13: 9780385147866
Paperback 400 pages Measures 8x5 inches Weighs 1 pound 4 ounces
Large book has bumped spine/top - aesthetic only and still fully functional.
Cover is sunned lightly but will still display nicely.
Text is crisp and bright Many pages are highlighted yellow, thus the price.
An excellent reading copy, yellowing will not distract from reading enjoyment.
EDITOR'S PREFACE /
Briefly stated, Zen is a religious practice with a unique method
of body-mind training whose aim is awakening, that is, Self-realiza
tion. In this volume I have tried to convey the religious character
and spirit of Zen—yes, its rituals and devotions, its appeal to the
heart no less than to the mind—for as a Buddhist Way of liberation
Zen is most assuredly a religion. Grounded in the highest teachings
of the Buddha, it was brought from India to China, where the
methods and practices which are characteristically Zen's were
evolved, and then through the centuries further elaborated in Ja
pan, Korea, and Vietnam. Zen Buddhism is thus the consummation
of the spiritual experiences of a number of Asian civilizations. In
Japan today this tradition is still very much alive; in Zen temples,
monasteries, and private homes men and women from every walk
of life can be found actively engaged in zazen, the principal disci
pline of Zen.
At its profoundest level Zen, like every other great religion, tran
scends its own teachings and practices, yet at the same time there
is no Zen apart from these practices. Attempts in the West to isolate
Zen in a vacuum of the intellect, cut off from the very disciplines
which are its raison d'Stre, have nourished in places a pseudo-Zen
that is little more than a mind-tickling diversion.
The best way to correct this distortion, it seemed to me, was
to compile a book setting forth the authentic doctrines and practices
of Zen from the mouths of the masters themselves—for who knows
these methods better than they?—as well as to show them come
alive in the minds and bodies of men and women of today. This
I have done chiefly through a contemporary Soto master, Yasutani-
roshi; a fourteenth-century Rinzai master, Bassui-zenji; and the