The Little Zen Companion

The Little Zen Companion


While it seeks neither to outline Zen nor resolution its most renowned koan (a riddle unanswerable through traditional considering, for this reason the sound of 1 hand clapping), this bestselling little booklet with 437,000 copies in print possesses a maverick Zen spirit that issues to another manner of the world.

With each one web page that includes a quote, word, tale, koan, haiku, or poem, Zen Companion combines the sensation and layout of a meditation ebook with 2,500 years of wisdom-from Lao-tzu and Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams and The Little Prince, D. T. Suzuki and Walker Percy, the Buddha and the Bible, Einstein and Gertrude Stein. it is a party of instinct: "If a guy needs to be certain of the line he treads on, he needs to shut his eyes and stroll within the dark"-St. John the pass. Individuality: "Do now not search to keep on with within the footsteps of the boys of previous; search what they sought."-Basho. easy nature: "Among twenty snowy mountains/The purely relocating thing/Was the attention of the blackbird."-Wallace Stevens. Childlike spontaneity: "Goodnight stars. Goodnight air."-Margaret clever Brown. Irreverent paradox: "Wakuan complained while he observed an image of bearded Bodhidharma: 'Why hasn't that fellow a beard?'" And in particular, the straightforward excitement of existence lived within the second. "Chop wooden, hold water."

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