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Book Title: The Zen Experience|
The author of the book: Thomas Hoover
ISBN 13: 9780452253155
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.86 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.3
Date of issue: April 1st 1980
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I was surprised by how readable and amusing I found this history of Chinese and Japanese Zen masters to be. I've been philosophically engaged with Buddhism for years, but I'd never been very interested in the "lineage" of any particular Buddhist school — I figured I'd just skim this book and move on. As it was, I found myself reading it with great interest; Hoover's approach to the subject is well-researched, honest, affectionate, and periodically amusing. He starts by discussing the interaction of Taoism and Buddhism to create Zen and then takes a run through history, offering brief biographical sketches of the major teachers from Bodhidharma to Ma-tsu to Lin-chi to Eisai. He's attentive to the political context in which various schools rose and fell and is frank about what's known to be true and what is apparently legend and myth. He even does his best to explain the masters' logic behind "shock" enlightenment, which can seem pretty mystifying to the non-practitioner.
If Zen Buddhism intrigues you but, like me, historical figures don't, you might want to give this book a try — it makes the subject more accessible and entertaining than you'd expect.
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Read information about the authorThomas Hoover has a doctorate in oceanography and served as senior vice president of an architect-engineering firm in New York, where he has lived for several decades. His vices include being an avid sailor and a recognized collector of the classical music of India. He began his writing career with two classic non-fiction books on Far Eastern art and religion and then moved into fiction writing with two critically acclaimed novels about English sailors in the early Seventeenth century.
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