Ray Grigg explores Zen Buddhism and its relation to Taoism.
Published by Charles E Tuttle Co. 1994, ISBN 0804819882 [Book]
Taoism? Buddhism? Zen? Zen Buddhism?!?
Ever get lost trying to untangle these terms? Well, you are not alone in the confusion.
Ray Grigg's The Tao of Zen provides a valiant effort to untangle the terms and can help you understand the confusion. The book, in an appropriately indirect way, also provides a sense of how Tao and Zen can be experienced in everyday life.
The main thesis of the book is provided in preface:
The Tao of Zen is organized into two parts:
Part I provides a well balanced history of how we arrived at the apparent oxymoron contained in the term 'Zen Buddhism'. Ray Grigg uses a combination of ancient texts, quotes from academic commentators, and his own knowledge of the subject to explore his thesis in a clear and accessible writing style.
Part II provides a close comparison of key concepts as they are understood and practiced in Zen and Taoism. The terms are:
Always the author is mindful that both Zen and Taoism appear to defy description:
If silence is not enough for you, The Tao of Zen can provide much insight into Zen and Taoist philosophies.
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