Tao Of Zen Paperback – Jun 15 1994
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From the Publisher
The premise of The Tao of Zen is that Zen is really Taoism in the disguise of Buddhism--an assumption being made by more and more Zen scholars. This is the first book that links the long-noted philosophical similarities of Taoism and Zen. This is a reference that should be read by everyone interested in Taoism and Zen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I have a Ph.D. in History, so the first part of the book, the history part, was relatively easy to get through, even though there were a lot of unfamiliar names in unfamiliar languages. The author keeps the number of names one needs to remember to a minimum.
The second half of the book is about the doctrines. It is a gem beyond compare!! It is succinct, there is no mystification added by the author to skip over things he does not himself understand, and it is to the point. These three are rare in the field.
This could be a text, but I think it is better thought of as a "home companion." Beyond a doubt, Grieg has mastered the unmasterable and spoken the ineffable.
After devouring so many books on Zen and comming away from the table still hungry,thankfully,Ray Grigg has served a very satifying dessert. Not only does this book cover the origins and history of both the Tao and Zen, but beautifly dicusses those hard to grasp concepts like emptiness, nothingness, balance, paradox, spontaneity, playfulness and suchness and how they are important to us in our everyday lives. His explanations on the purpose of the Zen koans are truly enlightening. His comments on meditation and satori are interesting to say the least. Be patient with the historical stuff for it is worth it if you are a serious student of Eastern thought. An understanding of the history and culture of China and Japan is a worthwhile "by-product" of this book.
However, I think the author is pushing his premise beyond the available evidence when he asserts that meditation (zazen) is irrelevant to Zen just because the technique is of Indian origin. While the culmination of practice is to re-enter the market place and live an ordinary life, getting to that point is difficult without sitting zazen.
I give historical analysis and insight 5 stars and conclusion about how zen should be practiced 3 stars.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is a work of speculative scholarship by one who does not practice Zen nor the ancient and ingenious yoga of Taoism. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004
This book is immensely enjoyable. It provides a good introduction to the history and principles of Taoism. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by William H. Phillips
The historical section of this book does a decent job examining how the marriage of Buddhism and Toaism may have taken place. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
A wonderful compilation to say the least. Valuable for the 101 and 501 student alike. Seperated into two halves which could be two seperate books of their own. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2000 by D.Ferguson
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Zen, balance, or just plain old philosophy. This book clears up common myths and misperceptions about zen and buddhism, and... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2000 by MG
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Philosophy > Eastern > Buddhism > Zen
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Philosophy > Eastern > Buddhism > Zen Philosophy
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Buddhism > Zen
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Buddhism > Zen Philosophy
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Occult
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Other Eastern Religions & Sacred Texts