(P)1996 Audio Literature; ©1994 Thomas Cleary
The challenge of zen is to settle this matter of life and death for yourself in this moment. Any book that gives you mere philosophy, or dogma, should be immediately tossed away. Foyan points out the way directly; an indispensable guide.
This is the kind of dhamma talk that cuts through all the concepts we flap around to distract ourselves from seeing what's real, even if it hurts at first.
Great talk, great teacher. No apologies for slightly stilted language, it doesn't take anything away from this communication.
I go back to this audio book often and always it's fresh and insightful. The narration is great, the content ideally suited for an audio book. This is my favorite book on Zen, my favorite audiobook!
Amazing teacher! This is one of the BEST teachers I have heard.
Sadly, I feel there's a lot of false zen teachers in the west right now misguiding students.. Many of which hold tittles in various lineages, guiding students, running temples & zendo's.
This book has helped me in so may ways... for one, to see that I was not alone in what I have seen. Master Foyan cuts trough all the BS that was present in his time & is clearly the same situation in our modern era.. His "no apologies" style teachings call it as he sees it, hitting the mark right on the nose.. This book will help anyone who is interest in gaining the eyes to see which Teachers are full of BS & which are not, & help you gain the eyes to see true Dharma for yourself.
If this teacher was alive today, I wouldn't be writing this review because I'd be on my way to his monastery.
If you would rather stop being fooled by false teachers & wake up today, instead of sleeping on your cushion for another 10 years... then this is the book for you!
He even brings up some valid criticism of the "present moment" style teachers that interestingly enough seem to be on the rise again today.
May we each find our way*
From 1980 to 1994, I was a local columnist for The Outlook, the daily newspaper in Santa Monica.
This is pure Zen philosophy without the ritual nonsense about tea ceremonies, mediation techniques and sitting positions. If you like Alan Watts, then you will love this book.
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