Three Pillars Of Zen

Three Pillars of Zen Review

Kapleau, Roshi P (35 Rev Updated Edition, 2013) Three Pillars of Zen, New York: Anchor Books, division of Random House   Philip Kapleau (who died fairly recently in his 90s) was one of the first, if not the first, Westerner to qualify as an accredited Zen Master. His book is also one of the first to concentrate on the practice of Zen, rather than the theory and philosophy. Most poignantly he discusses notions of death within the practice of Zen…

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Thinking Differently About Death: A Zen Practice

In Zen, Life and Death are one, a continuum, and they are not separated and there is no dividing line between them (as, indeed, there is actually no dividing line between anything, there only seems to be – divisions are arbitrary and made to enable us to function in the finite world, what Zen calls ‘the world of form’). All is one. Also, there is no ‘Soul’, or even a permanent ‘Self’ (higher, or lower) – this is considered illusory.…

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