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Zen is a way of life, a religion, and an aesthetic, as well as one of the oldest and most profound religious philosophies in the world. This program presents selections from some of the best-known works in the Zen canon. 101 Zen Stories recounts actual experiences with Zen spanning five centuries. The Gateless Gate is a 13th-century collection of mind problems used in the practice of Zen. 10 Bulls is a 12th-century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment.

What is Zen? Listen to Paul Reps' compilation for the answer.

(P)1997 Audio Literature; ©1957 in Japan by Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc.

Featured Article: The Best Zen Audiobooks to Guide You to Enlightenment


Perhaps you’re a meditation master looking for some in-depth topics, or maybe you’re new to your zen practice and seeking guidance. Either way, these ten titles offer a comprehensive selection to begin or continue your spiritual practice. Our selection includes poems, short stories, letters, and full-length texts all brought to life in audio. They cover various schools of philosophy and religion from traditionalists to modern practitioners.

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An impressive work. Read it in my youth, older ears heard much more. Thank you.

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Zenly unstructured.

Fluid arrangements, non structured. I think it is supposed to be so for listeners to unlearn what is learned. Seek nothing as enlightenment not from this audiobook but from within. Super paradoxical and meaning can come later. I guess the English translation may have been less accurate but is close. No expectations no need to understand, just let it be a humours or enjoyable listening. Bonus if it really helps you.

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Great for the intermediate learning of Zen.

Loved it. I get the opportunity to open my mind every time I hear it.

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I liked this alot

beautifully read definitely one of my favorite audible books might be missing the very last section in the paper back though

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Great Zen Stories

A joy to listen to with many teachers giving their views on their zen way of life. It's a great work of art.

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not good driving material.

better to read one snip at a time and contemplate. fill five more unnecessary words.

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Lovely.

This audio book has become a companion of mine. It often travels alongside me, as a guest, on my journey.

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Wonderful performance by Peter Coyote

Although the audiobook is read wonderfuly, it's an abridged version; this version features only two of the four books that were compiled in the original. In this audiobook you can find 101 Zen Stories and The Gateless Gate, but it's lacking 10 Bulls and Centering. It's a wonderful listen regardless.