The Three Pillars of Zen

The Three Pillars of Zen

Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment

Book - 1989
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Random House, Inc.
In this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen—teaching, practice, and enlightenment—Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives readers invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices. Revised and updated, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who succeeded Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center. A moving, eye-opening work, The Three Pillars of Zen is the definitive introduction to the history and discipline of Zen.

Baker & Taylor
The Western reader is introduced to the basic teaching, practices, and religious character of Zen Buddhism, in a beautiful new edition of the classic introduction to and overview of Zen history and discipline. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

& Taylor

The Westerner is introduced to the basic teaching, practices, and religious character of Zen

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c1989
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780385260930
Characteristics: xxv, 400 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kapleau, Philip 1912-2004


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Jun 14, 2018

This is a classic of Zen Buddhism in English published in 1965. I've been practicing Zen for 20 years but I'm just getting around to reading this. My favorite parts were the lectures by Kapleau's teacher, Yasutani Roshi and the accounts of satori experiences by contemporary Buddhists.

Sep 16, 2015

finally a zen book that gets to the meat of things

Jul 03, 2013

Presents enlightenment as something attainable by anyone in this lifetime without the need for possessing a huge volume of esoteric knowledge. Zen as presented in this book is a refreshing contrast to some of the other major schools of Buddhism who put many, for a lack of a better word, obstacles to the path of achieving enlightenment.

In Zen there does not appear a need for venerating gurus to the level of demigods, receiving initiations and empowerments, and studying obscure discourses by famous monks on the meaning of the Buddha's words as they proclaim it instead of just studying the Buddha's original teachings.

A wonderful compendium for someone interested in learning more about the inherent simplicity of Buddhism and practicing it in a DIY fashion.


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