Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones“A Classic, a gem, a gift to us all”
Dr Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence

A collection of classic short pieces on Zen – often no more than a paragraph or two – which offer a good insight into the enigmatic nature of Zen writing. The book begins with 101 brief Zen stories, followed by the ‘Gateless Gate’ a further collection of thoughts, anecdotes, parables and Koans (Zen puzzles) designed to attune the student’s mind to enlightenment.

The classic ‘10 Bulls’ is also featured – an illustrated account of a bull-hunt that symbolises the ascending stages of awareness – as is a translation of an ancient Sanskrit text in which Shiva offers 112 ways to open the invisible door of consciousness.

The book ends with the question: ‘What is Zen? In one answer, a fish goes to a queen fish and asks ‘I have always heard about the sea, but what is this sea? Where is it?