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Written for those who have not heard the sound of one hand clapping, Understanding Zen offers an accessible, logical introduction to Zen philosophy.

The authors provide a radical departure from traditional Zen studies, presenting Zen Buddhism clearly and concisely so it can be readily understood by the uninitiated reader. In fact, they argue that Zen has become shrouded in mystery and dogma and is far more accessible than Westerners are led to believe. The authors' objective is not merely to portray Zen in rational terms, but rather to pint the way toward Zen in a rational and understandable manner. Echoing the true spirit of Zen, they claim that enlightenment is something that is in reach of everyone and that the practice of Zen can be realized by the individual without dependence upon a Master, a guru, or a particular method.

Professing an individual approach to Zen, this book provides the foundation of what one day may be called Western Zen.

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