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Which is the best book on the practice of Zen Buddhism?


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by Eriduserpent~:

I would like a very in depth book on how one would follow/practice the zen belief...I would prefer one which is not written by a western trendy :o)

Answer by peppy
Try 'The way of Zen' by Alan W Watts it is written in a western style also 'Zen and reality' by Robert Powell
I hope you find the donkey you are riding
Sorry, didn't read the question properly!!

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Zen buddhism are likely a matter of intepretation of Japanese buddhist practicing monks or masters, which are purely misinterpetated with many local rites and rituals, that is not conducive for the TRUE path.
Rather one should seek the TRUTH with wisdom, and unbiased teachings of the Buddha. There is no other teacher except the compassionate one who has given the truth in the dharma.

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The best available book on the practice of Zen Buddhism - meditation and other techniques - is:
"Taking the Path of Zen" by Robert Aitken Roshi
Aitken Roshi is a senior Western teacher (he's in his 90s) and was the first Westerner to be authorized as a Zen master. This book provides a clear guide to many aspects of Zen training.
There are two other books that have had a great deal of influence on the development of Zen in the West:
"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
This book has more influence on the development of Buddhism in the West than any other. It's a classic.
"Dropping Ashes on the Buddha" by Zen Master Seung Sahn
This is the other classic book on Zen. It gives a great view into the creativity and spontaneity that arises from Zen practice.
None of these books is written by a "trendy" or "enthusiast" - each of the authors is a recognized master in the Zen tradition.
Of course, Zen is primarily a practice tradition. Reading about Zen can inspire us in many ways, but the real fruits of Zen appear through our own efforts in meditation. This video provides a charming and clear guide to Zen meditation - worth your time to watch:
Best wishes on your path!

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For a beginner: "Zen Keys" by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and "Three Pillars of Zen" by Roshi P. Kapleau are good books.
Anything by Thich Nhat Hanh is very good.

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There is a very good discussion about Zen Buddhism in the section “Different Levels Have Different Laws” of the Zhuan Falun Lecture on the web:
The basic Buddhist practice and belief is discussed in 'Falun Gong'. For many 'Falun Gong' book readers, they become enlightened to the Buddhist belief. Advanced practice is discussed in Zhuan Falun. About 100 million people practice in over 80 countries worldwide, enjoying a bill of good health through meditation and spiritual practice.
Guided meditation demonstration video, meditation music, and books about Falun Gong are free to download from the URL listed below. If you need any help, contact a local practitioner in your area for free instructions.
Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body and mind based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.

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Am surprised that no-one's mentioned "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" translated by Mr Paul Reps.
Is essential reading & the first book really introducing Zen to the Western Mind, in its original cultural milieu.
I'd also recommend anything by Professor D. T. Suzuki. The man who, as an Enlightened Buddha, brought Zen West almost single-handedly.