I literally found myself aplauding after one of the chapters. Granted, I was alone in my kitchen cooking, but none the less, this is one supurb book.
This book looks at the cast of characters from the revolutionary times and frames the whole period in common sense, personal and practical terms.
And the reader is just fantastic, too. How many good books have we not been able to listen to because the reader was horrible. Not this reader. He's as good as the book.
If you want a read that's not your standard textbook take on the revolutionary period that's read well and is a "can't put it down" situation, this is for you.
This is a very good collection of zenisms with a decidedly American twist. Its organization has some very zenish qualities to it as well.
The reader is very good. The stories are quite good and, if you listen to them enough, actually in some sort of order, although they seem random the first time around.
I've listened to this this collection several times and will do so several more times.
However, be aware that this is not the authoritative zen history in American kind of book. It does hit on several of the more institutional zen groups and the stories can create a good source of medititations, but do not confuse institutional zen with zen.
As a book, it is excellent and the reader is very enjoyable. As a guide to zen, I'm less enthused if taken as authoritative, but enthusiastic if used anectodally.
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