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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