Roshi Philip Kapleau and the “Three Pillars of Zen”. Posted July 14, “If you fall into poverty, live that way without grumbling – then your poverty will not. THREE PILLARS O F ZEN. TICE. A ND E N L I G HTE N M E NT. [atio1lS; introductions & notes, by PHILIP KAPLEAU. BEACON PRESS. BOSTON. Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen–teaching, practice, and enlightenment–Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history.

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One of my favorite aspects is that it gives you a peek into monastic life and practice, shesshin, and Dokusan as if you were a little fly in the room, giving you a glimpse of such intimate conversations. The most basic instructions given for Zen practice should be sufficient to experience this simple, delicate, easy task.

This is ancient spirituality. View all 6 comments. It takes a deep and thorough look into the great eastern pillard of spiritual transcendence.

Reading this one wonders if a spiritual doctrine like this formed the basis of the western world. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Published February 27th by Lillars first published To ask other readers questions about The Three Pillars of Zenplease sign up.

This pattern is repeated with experiences of those who have gained some degree of enlightenment. I’m really glad this wasn’t the first book I picked up on Zen, it’s terrible. Mar 21, Kyle rated it it was amazing. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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This is one of the books that sought to clarify what Zen actually was for the english speaking world circa My other comment would be that this book or style of Buddhism downplays the importance of Metta Loving-Kindness practices and other essential Buddhist practices such thre analytic dialogue as something not as essential as meditation.


Kapleau was trained as a court reporter and served as a court reporter after WW II for the war crimes trials in ,apleau There is a famous Zen koan kaplaeu Zen paradox which the student of Zen must resolve on the path to enlightenment known as Mu. Some Rinzai methods for achieving kenshoalso known as satoriare considered by Sotoians and others as harsh, perhaps even traumatizing.

The last thing I would like to say is that ultimately no book can convey the true nature of Zen or teach you how to attain it. Buddhism Portal Indian religions Portal.

Whatever your level of interest in Zen, this is a worthy read. The Soto school, by contrast—the Soto master best known to me is Shunryu Suzuki —believes by contrast that kensho is not something that has to be sought. This is the paradox which runs through this entire book. A wonderful introduction to Zen Buddhism for anyone looking into practice and theory.

Jan 06, Michael Wayne Hampton rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s dense, informative, but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners since the concepts and terminology can be difficult for those first coming to the practice. Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. These early practical chapters I pilars undoubtedly have to re-read soon, so dense are they with ,apleau.

During a book tour in he was invited to teach meditation at a gathering in RochesterNew York [ citation needed ]. Highly recommendable for the breadth of information it contains and its accessibility. Why the Koan Mu? And some of the passages, as when Yasutani-roshi is encouraging a despairing young woman, are deeply moving.

You’ll find in this book translated talks of Kapleau’s own teacher Yasutani Roshi, and also Yasutani’s personal teachings with ten different westerners. For many, if not most Zen students, just how difficult the tgree is and how committed one must be came as a shock and, inevitably for some, a disappointment. It’s due to these circumstances that Philip Kapleau’s account of Zen is truly refreshing. Thus we end up with this wonderful book that contains an abundant wealth of information.


This of course is the real determinant of spiritual growth; a willingness to go beyond a fear of exploring ones true nature. Two students ended their formal affiliation with Philip Kapleau, establishing independent teaching-careers: Naturally, I had to see what it was all about.

First published init has not been out of print plilars since, has been translated into ten languages and, perhaps most importantly, still inspires newcomers to take up the practice of Zen Buddhism.

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This book should be heralded as a modern classic in a league with the likes of Shogun by Clavell. The book itself emphasises finding a teacher or community but lacking that one could begin a practice with determination. It’s worth a try. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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Jun 08, Brian Wilcox rated it liked it. Like a photograph, it is a clear representation, but not a full one. Every seeker must find his own path — find Mu — for him or herself. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Of all the things we can spend our time doing this is the most worthwhile. On May 6,he died peacefully in the backyard of the Rochester Zen Center, surrounded by many of his closest disciples and friends.

But my old emotional reactions still coarsely interfere with the expressions of this supremely gentle and effortless lovingness. Views Read Edit View history. This is something that, with the spread of Zen in the United States, might be too easily forgotten. Kapleau By Roshi P.