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The author of the book: Alan W. Watts
Edition: New World Library
Date of issue: October 5th 2000
ISBN 13: 9781577311676
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The size of the: 476 KB
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Any book by Alan Watts is a gem. And this another one of them.
Zen is an experience. It is a special transmission outside scriptures which does not stand upon words. Zen teachings can be likened to "the finger pointing at the moon". And do not confuse the finger pointing at the moon, for the moon itself (actually that's the mistake most people commit), because that is absurd, isn't it? Similarly don't confuse words (or the sound of it) for the teaching. Words, just like the finger, are the pointer towards the Truth. They are nothing in themselves, and they don't matter once their purpose is served.
Zen’s own principles are put in four concise lines:
A special transmission outside the scriptures
No dependence upon words and letters,
Direct pointing at the soul of man
Seeing into one’s nature and attainment of Buddhahood.
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Read information about the authorAlan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, who held both a Master's in Theology and a Doctorate of Divinity. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, the meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of happiness. In his books he relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy.
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