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Sayings : the wisdom of Zen
Dunn-Mascetti, Manuela.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1996]

Physical Description:
56 pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm
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BQ9265.4 .S29 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The study of Zen has undergone an enormous resurgence as people strive for more meaning in their lives. These three beautifully produced full-color volume introduce Zen principles and practices that can be put into use in our daily lives.Haiku celebrates this ancient form of poetry with selections from classic and contemporary masters, and is divided into sections commemorating the four seasons and the new year.Koans are old, Chinese-devised problems that are solved through experience rather than chance logic. Deceptively simple, this collection of riddles is offered in order of difficulty and accompanied by brief explanations.Sayings is a commemorative collection of stories, parables, and proverbs from the past that are remarkable in the timeliness of their wisdom and the beauty of their imagery.Each volume begins with a simple, inspiring introduction to the subject and concludes with a list of recommended readings. Illustrated with expertly chosen and stunning art, these books will delight anyone moved by the delicacy and perfection of Zen arts and philosophy.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Mascetti has brought together three small, handsomely illustrated books designed to introduce readers to a trio of important elements of the Zen tradition: koans, sayings and haiku. Bound elegantly in a box and published as a gift set (Hyperion is calling the entire collection the Zen Box), these little books offer a delightful taste of Zen tradition. The Zen tradition is filled with brilliant little sayings that are part of the oral tradition preserving the famous encounters between teacher and student. Mascetti has selected a handful of the most famous gems from some of the great masters like Yakusan (751-834) and P'ang Yun (740-808). From the Rinzai tradition, Mascetti provides an intriguing set of koans that tantalize the reader with hints of the enlightenment process. Treasures from Joshu (778-897), Tozan (910-990) and Seiko Soen (986-1039) hint at the transformational depths of the koan exchange. Mascetti yokes the haiku to a selection of illustrations that capture the traditional meditative quality. Selections from Basho, Etsuin, Osho and Issa provide a fair opening to the beauty of this poetic form. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved