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by Ray Grigg

  • Author: Ray Grigg
  • ISBN: 0804819882
  • ISBN13: 978-0804819886
  • ePub: 1773 kb | FB2: 1865 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: New Age & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub; 1st edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Pages: 357
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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The Tao of Zen (Tuttle Library of Enlightment) ePub download

Series: Tuttle Library of Enlightment. Paperback: 256 pages.

Series: Tuttle Library of Enlightment. I am glad to see Ray Grigg's book in Kindle format! The Tao of Zen is a wonderful introduction to Taoism and Zen. Here, Grigg spells out their points of demarcation with Mahayana Buddhism, underscoring the importance of personal experience as the portal to truth.

The Tao of Zen is a nonfiction book by Ray Grigg, published by Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1994, and reprinted by Alva Press in 1999. The work argues that what we recognize as traditional Chinese Ch’an/Japanese Zen Buddhism is in fact almost entirely grounded in Chinese Taoist philosophy, though this fact is well shrouded by the persistence of Mahayana Buddhist institutional trappings

9 quotes from The Tao of Zen: ‘But for those who need a system, Chuang Tzu offers the reminder that the fish trap is only needed to catch . The second is that self is not a thing but a reference position.

9 quotes from The Tao of Zen: ‘But for those who need a system, Chuang Tzu offers the reminder that the fish trap is only needed to catch the fish; once. The unspoken conspiracy of all religions-and the Buddhism of Zen Buddhism is not an exception-is their seemingly irresistable inclination to make metaphysical what is not so, and then to organize into complexity what is inherently simple.

The Tao of Zen (Tuttle Library of Enlightment)

The Tao of Zen (Tuttle Library of Enlightment). Quotes from The Tao of Zen. But for those who need a system, Chuang Tzu offers the reminder that the fish trap is only needed to catch the fish; once the fish is caught the fish trap is no longer needed so much the better if the fish can be caught without the trap. The function of the zazen and koan is to undo the system that contains them. Tuttle Company in 1994, and . Grigg is able to trace the submergence and eventual resurgence of Taoism in Japan and the modern West by identifying how its specific tendencies (paradox, nonduality, aversion to, emphasis on informal and varied paths to enlightenment, focus on the practical matters of influencing the social world, et. clearly manifested themselves in very different times and places.

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The premise of The Tao of Zen is that Zen is really Taoism in the disguise .

The premise of The Tao of Zen is that Zen is really Taoism in the disguise of Buddhism-an assumption being made by more and more Zen scholars.

The Tao of Zen. 1st ed. by Ray Grigg. Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-356). Tuttle library of enlightment, Tuttle library of enlightenment. Published 1994 by . Tuttle Co. in Boston. xvii, 357 p. ; Number of pages. by. Grigg, Ray, 1938-. Reprinted by permission and agreement of Charles E. Tuttle C. In.

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The premise of The Tao of Zen is that Zen is really Taoism in the disguise of Buddhism-an assumption being made by more and more Zen scholars. The author traces the evolution of Ch'an (Zen) in China and later in Japan, where the "Way" was a term used interchangeably to describe the essence of both Taoism & Zen. These and other points are argued both historically & philosophically. A fascinating book.
This book was surprisingly good. The historical discussion on how Zen evolved from Taoism was a little shaky in explaining one of its main premises - that for some unspecified reason the Chinese wanted to call Taoism by the label Buddhism. However, the historical parallels between the two were striking.

What I did not expect was that the second half of the book would explain many of the concepts of Zen in a more straightforward manner than I had heard in 5 years of studying Zen. I never understood (until I read this book) why Zen didn't seem to care about any of the basic principles of Buddhism (the 4 noble truths, the eightfold path, etc.). According to this book, it is because Zen isn't Buddhism, it is Taoism in disguise.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Zen, and especially anyone who is confused about the difference between Zen and other types of Buddhism.
I first bought this book as a hardcover in the late 1990s, read the first part three times and the second part twice, and recently purchased this book in Kindle format. I had read this book soon after reading Lao Tse the first time, and it was the 3rd or 4th book about Zen for me. This book introduced me to the history of Zen Buddhism. Though I don't particularly care to divorced Zen from Buddhism, I realize that many Western Zen practicioners do just that. The book really is a good read.

If I were a true Zen Buddhist, and I am not, I would seek refuge in the 3 Jewels, live by the Five Precepts (or Five Mindfulness Trainings as they are called by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn), practice based on the Theravada Suttas on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness and the on the Full Awareness of Breathing, and read a chapter of the Dhammapada along with the Heart Sutra everyday. Some folks wouldn't even call that Zen Buddhism, let alone Zen. However, I'm a Shia Muslim who practices Irfan (something like Sufism), so I seek refuge in Allah and my belief and practice is defined by the 5 Roots of Religion and the 10 Branches of Religion. And yet, like other non-Wahabi Muslims, I find things that I like and can use in Theravada and Zen Buddhism (and perhaps other forms of Buddhism), and well has the Lao Tse and the Inner Chapters of the Chuang Tse.

The stories about Bodhidharma and Hui-neng have always been of interest, as well as later Ch'an and Zen Masters such as Linji and Dogen, despite their somewhat different approaches to Zen. Ray Grigg touches on the stories of Bodhidharma and Hui-neng, seeking to separate myth from fact. In the second part of the book, Grigg attempts to show the relationship of Zen and Taoism for one who consider the two schools the same thing. Certainly, Taoism influenced Zen Buddhism. While I'm pretty certain that I would consider myself a Buddhist if I practiced unadulterated Zen Buddhisn, I believe there are many who would approach meditation without the "fetters" of "Buddhism". Right Action versus Right Inaction.
I am glad to see Ray Grigg's book in Kindle format! The Tao of Zen is a wonderful introduction to Taoism and Zen. Here, Grigg spells out their points of demarcation with Mahayana Buddhism, underscoring the importance of personal experience as the portal to truth. This suggests that true religion is what remains when we dispense with theology and doctrine, and are left with the wonder of the raw experience of the truth of beauty in art, music, nature, good company and good food and drink. That's Taoism for you. And Zen. Grigg's book is a great foundation for exploring both!
This book is really two books under one cover. One has its faults; it will leave you scratching your head regarding the complex, intermingled history of Taoism and Zen. The other is much better, brilliantly conveying the common spirit of these two spiritual movements from the East. Given that, I found The Tao of Zen to be a memorable reading experience, one of the handful of books that I will remember many years after putting it back on the shelf.

As noted, Griggs addresses the relationship of his two major subjects (Tao and Zen) from two angles. Part 1 of the book is subtitled "The Historical Connections", while Part 2 focuses on "The Philosophical Similarities". (Actually, the last two chapters in Part 1 start the transition from history and social backdrop to thought and spirit, with a quick diversion into the emigration of both Zen and Taoism to the West in the 20th Century.) Both of these "sub-books" use an organizational structure focused around relevant topics; this works very well in manifesting the nature of Zen and exposing its Taoist philosophical roots (perhaps "anti-philosophical roots" would be a better way to put it). However, in attempting to outline the historical and cultural forces from which Taoism and Zen evolved, this structure introduces unnecessary confusion.

Most historical treatises are structured in terms of chronology; you start in the distant past and work your way toward the present. Griggs starts you down the path of temporal development, then jumps to a different topic and might suddenly back up a few centuries. His sub-chapters represent a desultory mixture of places (e.g. Buddhism in China), personalities (e.g. Lao Tzu and Bodhidharma), and events (e.g. Taoism-A Brief History). Thus, you have a key figure or event or school of thought mentioned in one sub-chapter, only to be re-covered a few chapters later, usually without any cross-reference. And the meaning or importance of the figure or event or thought can seem inexplicably different in differing contexts.

Given this zig-zag approach, it is difficult to trace the arc of cross-pollination which occurred over many generations between Taoism and Zen, and to distill the key themes of this process. What is especially frustrating is Griggs' repeated assertion that the early Zen movements advertised and exaggerated their Buddhist Indian doctrinal heritage at the expense of the obvious Chinese Taoist roots (and also Confucian), so as to gain some kind of political advantage.

Griggs continually asserts the presence of Buddhist revisionism in Zen, but fails to explain the who, how and when of it. E.g., "Zen Buddhism's inclination has been to explain the origin of kung-an in terms of Indian philosophy"; "as with Bodhidharma, his [Hui-Neng's] relevance has been skewed by the Mahayana need to be associated with India and Buddhism rather than China and Taoism"; "Bodhidharma's purported arrival in Canton in AD 520 and his succession from the lineage of the Buddha are a pious invention of later times, when the Zen School needed historical authority for its claim to be a direct transmission of experience from the Buddha himself . . ." I never got a good answer to my question, i.e. why the C'han movement in China and the early Zen movement in Japan desired such Indian authority.

By the middle of the book, one is left with a lot of historical coincidences and circumstantial evidence regarding a strong Taoist presence and inspiration at the dawn of the Zen movement. Griggs leavens this with a sprinkling of quotes from modern writers who support his thesis that "Zen is Taoism disguised as Buddhism" (the opening sentence of the preface). And yet, the result is basically a stew that hasn't simmered long enough.

However, the true worth of Griggs' approach shines through as he starts to explain the inscrutable essence of Zen (to the degree that anyone can approach Zen via language) via the more accessible yet still profound words of the Taoist tradition. The parade of short chapters discussing fundamental notions such as oneness, emptiness, balance, paradox, non-doing and ordinariness build naturally upon one another, each new concept emerging quite logically (again, to the degree that logic has anything to do with Zen), and yet expanding beyond the reach of the previous one.

There are plenty of great quotes in "book two", both from the pen of Mr. Griggs and from a handful of commentators whom he favors (including Roshi Suzuki, D.T. Suzuki, Frederick Franck, and the de rigueur thoughts of Alan Watts). These could fill a daily inspiration calendar for many months, if not years. A quick taste: "the ordinary is immune to understanding because it cannot be placed outside human experience for examination." One more, you say? OK, try this: "Within the changing of everything, there is a pervasive stillness; within the stillness, everything changes."

I have been a "Zen reader" for over ten years, and have been actually practicing it for only two. I must say that The Tao of Zen (second half) is a very profound and beautifully written exposition of what I have learned and experienced from my practice. Really, during my whole life (given that the true Zen and the true spirit of Tao, to the degree that we can even imagine them, are a whole-life process).

The usual Buddhist expositions of Zen often seem rather harsh and rough-edged (and modern psycho-scientific approaches to it can be bland and saccharine). A Taoist exposition as Griggs provides comes much closer to touching the humanist inspiration that must lie at Zen's core, while preserving its essential vitality. I still can't say for sure after reading this book that Zen is more truly Taoist than Buddhist in origin and nature. Perhaps it's the best of both worlds.

But the Tao and Zen certainly do strongly complement each other; they add up to a whole greater than the parts. Griggs describes the Zen that I want to practice, more clearly than any other "Eastern writer from the West" that I know of. Your results may vary, but after a bumpy start, I found The Tao of Zen to be a very worthwhile experience.
It was fantastic getting all that history on both Zen Buddhism and Taoist philosophy. And it was good to have my suspicions confirmed. I hadn't much experience in either school of thought, but from what little I knew, it certainly seemed that the zen of Zen Buddhism was very Taoist. This book inspired me to examine Taoism more closely as it was the zen portion of Buddhism I was drawn to all along.
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