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Title: on Roshi Philip Kapleau
Post by: Infinity989 on August 16, 2014, 12:56:29 pm
on Roshi Philip Kapleau

one of the founders of Zen Buddhism in America

Philip Kapleau was one of the founding fathers of American Zen. He made it his life’s work to transplant Zen Buddhism into American soil, bridging the gap between theory and practice and making Zen Buddhism accessible to all.

After a successful career as a businessman, Philip Kapleau spent 13 years undergoing Zen training in Japan under three Zen masters before being ordained by Hakuun Yasutani-roshi in 1965 and given permission by him to teach. In 1966 he publishedThe Three Pillars of Zen, the first book to explain the practice of Zen to Westerners. Still in print today, Three Pillars has become a Zen classic and has been translated into 12 languages. Shortly after the publication of Three Pillars, Roshi Kapleau came to Rochester to found the Zen Center. His other books include Zen: Merging of East and West, Straight to the Heart of Zen, Awakening to Zen and The Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide

Roshi Kapleau died in May, 2004, at the age of 91. (
Title: Re: on Roshi Philip Kapleau
Post by: healthandpeace on February 01, 2015, 01:19:02 pm
The Three Pillars of Zen is an excellent book, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Zen.  It's from there that I first read about Bassui. 

The Unborn, by master Bankei, is a really great work as well.
Title: Re: on Roshi Philip Kapleau
Post by: Ox on August 08, 2015, 03:28:26 pm
Three Pillars was the first book I ever read on Zen.

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