By Alan Watts

ISBN-10: 0375705104

ISBN-13: 9780375705106

The way in which of Zen starts as a succinct consultant in the course of the histories of Buddhism and Taoism top as much as the advance of Zen Buddhism, which drew deeply from either traditions. It then is going directly to paint a extensive yet insightful photo of Zen because it was once and is practiced, either as a faith and as a component of various East Asian arts and disciplines. Watts's narrative clears away the secret whereas bettering the mystique of Zen.

Since the 1st e-book of this publication in 1957, Zen Buddhism has develop into firmly validated within the West. As Zen has taken root in Western soil, it has included a lot of the angle and technique set forth by means of Watts within the means of Zen, which is still the most vital introductory books in Western Zen.

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In the Life we have a detailed account of the un­ pleasant and adventurous journey from the Chinese capital to the chief city of Kao-ch(ang. This city, we know, was in the district which is bow called Turfan and it is said to be represented by the modem Hm-chow ( 火 州 )otherwise Karakhojo. At the time of our pilgrim’s visit Kaoch‘ang was a thriving kingdom, and its king, though a vassal of China, was a powerful despot feared by the surrounding states. This king, whose name was Kiirwin* tai (趙 文 泰 )or as it is also given, Kiirka (嘉 ),had received Yuan-chuang on his arrival with great ceremony and kindness,had tried entreaty and flattery and even force to retain him, and had at last sent the pilgrim on his way with great honour, giying him presents and provisions and also letters of introduction to othjer sorereigns.

Here the word po in the first form does not seem to have any appropriate meaning, and the second form which means “to stop” or “anchor” is also unsatisfactory. From a paraphrase of the passage, how­ ever, we learn the meaning of the phrase, the words of the paraphrase being uthe sun and moon revolve along its waist” (日 月 週 薄 於 其 朦 )• The word po in this sense of “waisting” a hill is still used in the colloquial of some parts of China, but there does not seem to be any certain character to represent it in writing.

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