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Roshi Philip Kapleau and the “Three Pillars of Zen”. Posted July 14, “If you fall into poverty, live that way without grumbling – then your poverty will not. THREE PILLARS O F ZEN. TICE. A ND E N L I G HTE N M E NT. [atio1lS; introductions & notes, by PHILIP KAPLEAU. BEACON PRESS. BOSTON. Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen–teaching, practice, and enlightenment–Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the thhree. Return to Book Lapleau. Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen–teaching, practice, and enlightenment–Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism.
An oapleau classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kaplea Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen–teaching, practice, and enlightenment–Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism.
An established classic, this 35th anniversary pillaars features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States. Paperback25th Anniversary Editionpages. Published February 27th by Anchor first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. In his essays on Synchronicity C. Jung believed in events not connected causally, and thus unprovable in an empirical sense, but connected by the meaning we derive from them.
Buddhism is the only nontheistic discipline I know of which allows for such a possibility. Perhaps because the discipline for the form thgee meditation she espoused was rather loosely str In his essays on Synchronicity C. Perhaps because the discipline for the form of meditation she espoused was rather loosely structured, or perhaps because I am lazy, I drifted away from it. By the way, her astonishing Start Where You Areis well worth multiple rereadings.
There is htree disparity in what is considered effective practice by the two main schools of Zen, Soto and Rinzai. This book is largely Rinzai. Some Zsn methods for achieving kenshoalso known as satoriare considered by Sotoians and others as harsh, perhaps even traumatizing.
The Soto school, by contrast—the Soto master best known to me is Shunryu Suzuki —believes by contrast that kensho is not something that has to be sought. This is what threw me at the start of this book. See his Zen Mind, Beginners Mindconsidered a classic. The stages are laid out for those starting zazen.
These early practical chapters I will undoubtedly have to re-read soon, so dense are they with information. Kapleau-roshi was the interpreter on site at the time who subsequently gained permission to turn the one-on-one dharma tutorials into transcripts. Zen Journals that not before reading that wild book had I come across commentaries by Zen students in the midst of training.
For someone like me, who has access to neither master nor sangha, the book is helpful. And some of the passages, as when Yasutani-roshi is encouraging a despairing young woman, are deeply moving. Moreover, his patience in the face of some very frivolous questions is downright Job-ian. When I read it I felt my existential protoplasm go all aquiver. Neither are hells ever mentioned in the dharma talks of Suzuki-roshi, a Soto master. Everyone is sitting there pillats and puffing and straining thrse concentration.
It seems to me like a self-imposed trauma. This is the paradox which runs through this entire book. turee
Maybe it is its own koan. View all 9 comments. Jul 09, Robert rated it it was amazing. First of all, language is conceptual, dividing the world up into categorical separations. The most basic instructions given for Zen pillarw should be sufficient to experience this simple, delicate, easy task. Lapleau we as westerners have been trained to reason, deduct, and to ask ‘why? Sadly you can go into all of the logical explanations, but never touch the very simple experience that is Zen, and become lost in the discus First of all, language is conceptual, dividing the world up into categorical separations.
Sadly you can go into all of the logical explanations, but never touch the very simple experience that is Zen, and become lost tyree the discussion of “it”.
It is for this reason that iapleau teachers do not get into the conceptual teaching of Zen, but rather focus on the orthorpraxy, or the practice. This is very disappointing for people who are, looking for something. Strangely by looking for it, you never kaplfau it, yet it is discover-able, if you simply sit for a bit.
When I went to a Zen Center it was initially frustrating because there were no direct answers. I attended some classes, and read this book and suddenly it was clarified to my conceptual mind, what it was I was ‘doing’.
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We westerners look at things as parts of a whole, as if they are solid, unchangeable things. Yet everything is in process and not static at all. This book helped me tremendously, it spoke to my conceptual mind and answered many of its questions so that I could continue to practice without over thinking, if this makes any sense at all.
It will not lead to the direct experience, yet it will address thee questions that arise for a western mind, at least, it piplars for me. I know at one point this book did not “do it” for me, and that was precisely the problem, I had to, “do it”. It is rather a dry book, until you start practicing a bit, and attending a zen center or pillarx a teacher of some sort.
I think by itself the book could introduce even more questions, actually initiating “counter productivity”, I simply mean to say that one “should” take this as a static representation of what is fluid. Like a photograph, it is a clear representation, but not a full one. And yet, I would name it pivotal in allowing me to relax into my practice.
Must read for meditation practitioners. The book clearly explains in details all things about Japanese Zen. I will have to re-read it. As I can’t consume everything in the first read. PDF for Vietnamese edition is here: View all 6 comments.
Aug 02, Robin Friedman rated it it ,apleau amazing. There is a famous Zen koan a Zen paradox which the student of Zen must resolve on the path to enlightenment known as Mu. As recounted in this book page 82 it goes like this: Kapleau was trained as a court reporter and served as a court reporter after WW II for the war crimes trials in Nu There is a famous Zen koan a Zen paradox which the student thres Zen must resolve on the path to enlightenment known as Mu.
Kapleau was trained as a court reporter and served as a court reporter after WW II for the war crimes trials in Nuremberg and Tokyo. Kappeau in Japan, he became interested in Buddhism.
In at the age of 46 Kapleau gave up his business and his possessions in New York City to travel to Japan to study Zen. He remained in Japan for 16 years. Over the years, the book has been instrumental in introducing Americans to Zen. The book has appeared in pilars 25th anniversary edition and in this 35th anniversary edition. Why the Koan Mu? The most valuable part of this book is the pilalrs, enthusiasm, and zeal which Kapleau brought to his subject 35 years ago and which strikes the reader today.
In describing his own experiences and the experiences of other students set out in the book, Kapleau gives a good picture of the discontent and the suffering — arising from an experience of death, illness, restlessness, or disillusion — that lead him to leave his established life in and search for meaning in Zen. Rhree discussion in the book never stated explicitly of why people look to Zen and how Zen responds to the needs of its seekers is what gives meaning to the book. The book describes long hours, months and years of sitting in monasteries.
Another excellent feature of the book is Kapleau’s realistic picture of the rigors of Zen life. This is something that, with the spread of Zen in the United States, might be kqpleau easily forgotten.
Kapleau emphasizes the long hours of painful sitting, the use of the rod to strike kaplewu during the sitting to keep them awake, the sometimes stormy and discouraging interviews with the master teacher — or roshi, and the frustrations and difficulties in wrestling with the Koan Mu and other Zen teaching techniques. He describes how some people, after deep effort attain to a degree of realization.
He does not stint the difficulty and endlessness of the kapldau, which ultimately returns the seeker to himself and to living in the everyday.
The book itself includes materials from a variety of sources including introductory lectures on Zen by one of Kapleau’s teachers, Yasutani Roshi, a commentary on Mu, a discussion of the famous Zen “oxherding” pictures, and much more.
These zenn gave me some insight, I think, into what the Zen path was about. I zrn learned from Kapleau’s own account of his experience and from the account of the woman who became his wife. Another excellent part of the book is the enlightenment letters written by a young woman named Yaekeo Iwasaki on pilllars deathbed to her teacher, Harada-Roshi. The letters are poignant and Harada-Roshi’s comments are revealing. Kapldau reading this book, I saw that the Zen path was difficult and not for everyone.
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I learned something of it and about why people are attracted to it. Zen and other forms of Buddhism have made great strides in the United States since Kapleau wrote his book. The Three Pillars of Zen survives due to its sincerity and freshness. It can’t be institutionalized. Every seeker must find his own path — find Mu — for him theee herself.