Zen Traces: Exploring American Zen With Twain And Thoreau

June 15, 2018|
Zen Traces: Exploring American Zen With Twain And Thoreau by Kenneth Kraft
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Kraft rubs together these pithy thoughts and phrases from traditional and present-day Zen with the sayings of Henry-David Thoreau and Mark Twain to come up with fresh portals of spiritual openness." - Spirituality & Practice As Zen takes root in the west, new forms arise. For centuries Zen masters have tested their students with "koans" and "capping phrases." A koan is a spiritual paradox that must be solved intuitively. A capping phrase is a trenchant comment. Both are meditative practices that reveal deeper truths about the self and, ideally, lead to enlightenment. In Zen Traces, Buddhist scholar Kenneth Kraft plays off these practices in a new idiom. He selects passages from four sources: traditional Zen, present-day Zen, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. When a koan-like story about a contemporary Zen teacher is paired with a pithy comment by Mark Twain, something fresh emerges. "
Kenneth Kraft, professor emeritus of religious studies at Lehigh University, is a scholar of Japanese Zen and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author and editor of several books on Buddhism including Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism, Zen: Tradition and Transition, and The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism. Kraft holds a Ph...
Title:Zen Traces: Exploring American Zen With Twain And ThoreauFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:175 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.48 inShipping dimensions:175 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.48 inPublished:June 15, 2018Publisher:Paul Dry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1589881281

ISBN - 13:9781589881280

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