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The three pillars of Zen : teaching, practice, and enlightenment
Kapleau, Philip, 1912-2004.
Thirty-fifth anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Anchor Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
xix, 441 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes translations from Zen masters.
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Central Library BQ9265.4 .T48 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives readers invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices. Revised and updated, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who succeeded Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center. A moving, eye-opening work, The Three Pillars of Zen is the definitive introduction to the history and discipline of Zen.

Author Notes

Roshi Philip Kapleau was the founder of the Rochester Zen Center and the author of numerous books, including Zen: Merging of East and West and The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment . Kapleau studied and taught Zen for more than 50 years, completing over sixteen years of study and practice in both Japan and America. He died in 2004.

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