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Title:
Zen flesh, zen bones : a collection of Zen and pre-Zen writings
Author:
Reps, Paul, 1895-1990.
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Tuttle Pub., 1998.

©1985
Physical Description:
211 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780804806442

9780804831864
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as strong today as ever.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate , the famous thirteenth century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls , a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering , a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen.


Author Notes

Paul Reps , the compiler, was an American who lived in many countries, including India, Norway, and Japan, and studied many of man's efforts to find and realize his true spiritual stature. He was the author of several books of poems and prose. He once said that he felt "the equal of each grass blade and pebble and believe that it is possible to be happy though human and grown up."

Nyogen Senzaki , a Buddhist scholar of international character to whom Reps acknowledged a deep debt of gratitude, was born in Japan. Early in life he became a "homeless monk," wandering the land and studying from Buddhist monastery to monastery. His wanderings eventually took him to America, where for over 50 years he lived in California, with no connection with any sect, denomination, or cathedral, radiating the free and creative spirit of Zen upon all who cared to share his study, meditation, wisdom,and loving kindness.


Table of Contents

Nyogen Senzaki and Paul RepsEkai and Mu-Mon and Nyogen Senzaki and Paul RepsKakuan and Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps and Tomikichiro TokurikiPaul Reps
Forewordp. 11
101 Zen Storiesp. 15
1. A cup of Teap. 19
2. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Roadp. 19
3. Is That so?p. 22
4. Obediencep. 23
5. If You Love, Love Openlyp. 24
6. No Loving-Kindnessp. 24
7. Announcementp. 25
8. Great Wavesp. 25
9. The Moon Cannot be Stolenp. 27
10. The Last Poem of Hoshinp. 27
11. The Story of Shunkaip. 29
12. Happy Chinamanp. 31
13. A Buddhap. 32
14. Muddy Roadp. 33
15. Shoun and His Motherp. 34
16. Not Far From Buddhahoodp. 36
17. Stingy in Teachingp. 36
18. A Parablep. 38
19. The First Principlep. 39
20. A Mother's Advicep. 40
21. The Sound of one Handp. 41
22. My Heart Burns Like Firep. 43
23. Eshun's Departurep. 44
24. Reciting Sutrasp. 44
25. Three Days Morep. 45
26. Trading Dialogue for Lodgingp. 46
27. The Voice of Happinessp. 47
28. Open Your Own Treasure Housep. 48
29. No Water, No Moonp. 48
30. Calling Cardp. 49
31. Everything is Bestp. 50
32. Inch Time Foot Gemp. 50
33. Mokusen's Handp. 51
34. A Smile in His Lifetimep. 51
35. Every-Minute Zenp. 52
36. Flower Showerp. 53
37. Publishing the Sutrasp. 53
38. Gisho's Workp. 54
39. Sleeping in the Daytimep. 55
40. In Dreamlandp. 56
41. Joshu's Zenp. 57
42. The Dead Man's Answerp. 57
43. Zen in a Beggar's Lifep. 58
44. The Thief Who Became a Disciplep. 59
45. Right and Wrongp. 60
46. How Grass and Trees Become Enlightenedp. 61
47. The Stingy Artistp. 62
48. Accurate Proportionp. 63
49. Black-Nosed Buddhap. 64
50. Ryonen's Clear Realizationp. 65
51. Sour Misop. 66
52. Your Light May Go Outp. 67
53. The Giver Should be Thankfulp. 67
54. The Last Will and Testamentp. 68
55. The Tea-Master and the Assassinp. 69
56. The True Pathp. 71
57. The Gates of Paradisep. 71
58. Arresting the Stone Buddhap. 72
59. Soldiers of Humanityp. 73
60. The Tunnelp. 74
61. Gudo and the Emperorp. 75
62. In the Hands of Destinyp. 76
63. Killingp. 77
64. Kasan Sweatp. 77
65. The Subjugation of a Ghostp. 78
66. Children of His Majestyp. 79
67. What are You Doing! What are You Saying!p. 80
68. One Note of Zenp. 81
69. Eating the Blamep. 82
70. The Most Valuable Thing in the Worldp. 83
71. Learning to be Silentp. 83
72. The Blockhead Lordp. 84
73. Ten Successorsp. 84
74. True Reformationp. 85
75. Temperp. 86
76. The Stone Mindp. 87
77. No Attachment to Dustp. 87
78. Real Prosperityp. 89
79. Incense Burnerp. 89
80. The Real Miraclep. 90
81. Just Go to Sleepp. 91
82. Nothing Existsp. 92
83. No Work, No Foodp. 92
84. True Friendsp. 93
85. Time to Diep. 94
86. The Living Buddha and the Tubmakerp. 94
87. Three Kinds of Successp. 95
88. How to Write a Chinese Poemp. 96
89. Zen Dialoguep. 96
90. The Last Rapp. 97
91. The Taste of Banzo's Swordp. 98
92. Fire-Poker Zenp. 100
93. Storyteller's Zenp. 100
94. Midnight Excursionp. 101
95. A Letter to a Dying Manp. 102
96. A Drop of Waterp. 103
97. Teaching the Ultimatep. 103
98. Non-Attachmentp. 104
99. Tosui's Vinegarp. 105
100. The Silent Templep. 106
101. Buddha's Zenp. 106
The Gateless Gatep. 109
1. Joshu's Dogp. 115
2. Hyakujo's Foxp. 117
3. Gutei's Fingerp. 119
4. A Beardless Foreignerp. 120
5. Kyogen Mounts the Treep. 121
6. Buddha Twirls a Flowerp. 121
7. Joshu Washes the Bowlp. 123
8. Keichu's Wheelp. 123
9. A Buddha Before Historyp. 124
10. Seizei Alone and Poorp. 125
11. Joshu Ekamines A Monk in Meditationp. 126
12. Zuigan Calls His Own Masterp. 127
13. Tokusan Holds His Bowlp. 127
14. Nansen Outs the Cat in Twop. 128
15. Tozan's Three Blowsp. 129
16. Bells and Robesp. 131
17. Three Calls of the Emperor's Teacherp. 132
18. Tozan's Three Poundsp. 133
19. Everyday Life is the Pathp. 133
20. The Enlightened Manp. 134
21. Dried Dungp. 135
22. Kashapa's Preaching Signp. 136
23. Do not Think Good, Do not Think Not-Goodp. 137
24. Without Words, Without Silencep. 138
25. Apreaching from the Third Seatp. 139
26. Two Monks Roll up the Screenp. 140
27. It is not Mind, it is not Buddha, it is not Thingsp. 141
28. Blow out the Candlep. 141
29. Not the Wind, not the Flagp. 143
30. This Mind is Buddhap. 144
30. Joshu Investigatesp. 145
32. A Philosopher Asks Buddhap. 146
33. This Mind is not Buddhap. 147
34. Learning is not the Pathp. 147
35. Two Soulsp. 148
36. Meeting a Zen Master on the Roadp. 149
37. A Buffalo Passes Through the Enclosurep. 149
38. An Oak Tree in the Gardenp. 150
39. Ummon's Sidetrackp. 151
40. Tipping Over a Water Vasep. 151
41. Bodhidharma Pacifies the Mindp. 152
42. The Girl Comes out from Meditationp. 153
43. Shuzan's Short Staffp. 155
44. Basho's Staffp. 156
45. Who is He?p. 156
46. Proceed from the Top of the Polep. 157
47. Three Gates of Tosotsup. 158
48. One Road of Kembop. 159
49. Amban's Additionp. 160
10 Bullsp. 163
1. The Search for the Bullp. 168
2. Discovering the Footprintsp. 170
3. Perceiving the Bullp. 172
4. Catching the Bullp. 174
5. Taming the Bullp. 176
6. Riding the Bull Homep. 178
7. The Bull Transcendedp. 180
8. Both Bull and Self Transcendedp. 182
9. Reaching the Sourcep. 184
10. In the Worldp. 186
Centeringp. 189
What is Zen?p. 211

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