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Publisher's Summary

No other Eastern religious tradition has influenced Western thought more than Zen Buddhism. This collection contains the luminous essays and lectures of contemporary Zen masters, as well as several personal accounts of the experience of enlightenment. Since 1965, this pioneering classic has had a profound impact on the development of Zen in the West, inspiring countless Westerners to undertake Zen practice.
(P)1995 Audio Literature; ©1965 Roshi Philip Kapleau
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3 out of 5 stars
By FLBubba on 11-26-13

Comments on abridged Audible Version

Would you try another book from Roshi Philip Kapleau and/or Bodhin Kjolhede and Sunya Kjolhede ?

If you are looking for an intellectual understanding of Zen and Zen practice from a non-practitioner point-of-view the abridged version captures the bare essence of the book. It is also good for a brief focused review of major concepts for a practitioner. However, if you are looking for detailed suggestions/ practce exercizes as a student of Zen, I find the unabridged version has a lot more detail that is helpful for practice. I would look forward to an audible unabridged version....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ulrich on 08-29-04

authentic, classical, complete!

this is a "must read" for anybody interested in the "real zen" beyond the new-age-books. excellent examples including two longer stories of personal transformation. clear concise language, wonderful voice. download it now! :-)

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