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Zen is allusive.Zen uses too many unnecessary contradictions.But their hopes are that such techniques awake the deluded mind.Nonetheless, I think people just get heady about the writings and forget how simple buddhist psychology is Thus they get intellectual and cute and use that as another blanket of self deception.This has lots of fun stories, but it is not the Buddhism I am most fond of.I must say I have been tempted by such trips though. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a collection of three zen works, 101 Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate and Ten Bulls And one chapter from the pre zen Rudrayamala Tantra I think this is probably a good book for people that are interested in Zen Buddhism, and I do like reading it, but I don t think I got a lot out of it The first two works are Zen koans I enjoy reading those, some I find funny, others interesting and understandable which most likely means I got them wrong , but there is always a part of them which I find completely baffling Still I go back to them now and again, just because I find some of them quite beautiful. Interpreting the meaning of Zen is difficult at the best of times, and from what I know of it, I m not even sure that intellectualising it is the best way to go anyway Therefore, I m just going to list a couple of my favourite Zen k ans from the 101 Zen Stories, and then try to explain how they affect the way in which I attempt to live my life.The Moon Cannot be StolenRyokan, a Zen Master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.Ryokan returned and caught him You may have come a long way to visit me, he told the prowler, and you should not return empty handed Please take my clothes as a gift The thief was bewildered He took the clothes and slunk away.Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon Poor fellow, he mused, I wish I could give him this beautiful moon Comment This k an is an example of the notion that only material earthly goods can be stolen, whereas spiritual and mental goods cannot For example, a jealous man may kill another talented man in order to steal his collection of authored books, but he will not be able to steal that man s talent at writing these books.Bertrand Russell elaborates upon this notion quite adequately in his wonderful little book Political Ideals, where he attempts to explain his personal belief in the importance of discouraging possessiveness and encouraging creativity, so that people may be less likely to be enticed by acquiring transient goods which can be stolen from them, and instead be focused upon acquiring meaningful goods and skills which cannot be stolen from them.Muddy RoadTanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road A heavy rain was still falling.Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection Come on, girl, said Tanzan at once Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple Then he no longer could restrain himself We monks don t go near females, he told Tanzan, especially not young and lovely ones It is dangerous Why did you do that I left the girl there, said Tanzan Are you still carrying her Comment This k an is excellent at dramatising just how focus and discipline are necessary for staying within the moment thus avoiding distractions and temptations and why it is so beneficial to do so By regretfully ruminating upon things which have already happened and cannot be changed including holding grudges against others for their alleged wrongdoing against one s ego one is unnecessarily wasting away one s present moments. My review What I learned from this book I think the most appropriate answer would be nothing.I think it s on my shelf if you want it. One of the most influential books in my life A treasure if you read it at the right time. One of my all time favorites Every copy I own is well worn I love how the stories don t state anything, but leave it up to you to interpret The moon can not be stolen and A Parable are two of my favorites. Oh my god, this crap gets tiring really quickly That which is up is down That which is down is up The pinecone is not a raspberry, unless the raspberry is also a pinecone Does my fart have the Buddha nature And so on It reads like Monty Python you re meant to take seriously No, no it s not gibberish It s DEEP I think part of the problem is that it s so old These stories are from another culture, another time So it becomes a little self defeating Here, read this ancient Japanese parable Okay, now, in order to understand this, I m going to have to explain all of Buddhism and some ancient Chinese and Japanese history Nope Do it over Take the parable and re tell it in a modern context Yes, this stuff has its value, but if you want to learn about zen and buddhism, this book isn t going to do it.It starts off as a light, enjoyable read Then it slips into pretentiousness And then I just couldn t keep reading I gave up at around the BULL section, where each short section has an explanation following it What is zen is a section at the very back of the book It gives a few different answers, and then says, Another answer and leaves a big blank space.Ha ha, funny Ha ha, profound Ha ha, screw you Ah, but that you are so infuriated indicates that the book is working No, it doesn t What does failure look like, in that case Maybe the surest proof that this book is a success is if no one takes it off the shelf. 1364 5000 88 112. {Free} è Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings ⚦ When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones Was Published In It Became An Instant Sensation With An Entire Generation Of Readers Who Were Just Beginning To Experiment With Zen Over The Years It Has Inspired Leading American Zen Teachers, Students, And Practitioners Its Popularity Is As High Today As Ever Zen Flesh, Zen Bones Is A Book That Offers A Collection Of Accessible, Primary Zen Sources So That Readers Can Struggle Over The Meaning Of Zen For Themselves It Includes Zen Stories, A Collection Of Tales That Recount Actual Experiences Of Chinese And Japanese Zen Teachers Over A Period Of Than Five Centuries The Gateless Gate, The Famous Thirteenth Century Collection Of Zen Koans Ten Bulls, A Twelfth Century Commentary On The Stages Of Awareness Leading To Enlightenment And Centering, A , Year Old Teaching From India That Some Consider To Be The Roots Of Zen really enjoyable koans that open your mind.My favorite is Temper I have transcribed it below, sorry for any mistakes A Zen student came to Bankei and complained Master, I havean ungovernable temper How can I cure it You have something very strange, replied Bankei Let me seewhat you have Just now I cannot show it to you, replied the other When can you show it to me asked Bankei It arises unexpectedly, replied the student Then, concluded Bankei, it must not be your own true nature.If it were, you could show it to me at any time When you wereborn you did not have it, and your parents did not give it to you.Think that over.