Opening the Hand of Thought - Praise

Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice


256 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861713578

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“Few books have spoken with such clarity to the essence of Zen.”—John Daishin Buksbazen, author of Zen Meditation in Plain English

“Uchiyama [was] one of the most contemplative of Zen Buddhist teachers, and until his death in 1999, was also one of the most influentia. Now, through this new edition of his most famous book, he continues to enlighten our lives. His book is important for its clarity, its rejection of jargon, and its refusal to make illumination a drama.”—The Japan Times

“Uchiyama Roshi's words have long been my inspiration, and I am delighted that this collection of his teachings is now available in a revised and expanded edition.”—Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen

“If you read one book on Zen this year, this should be that book.”—James Ishmael Ford, head teacher of Boundless Way Zen and author of Zen Master Who?

“Not since DT Suzuki has the evasive quality of Zen been explained so well to the Western reader. This book was Uchiyama's gift to his monks-in-training as well as laypeople following the path of Zen. This welcome re-release has been refined with further introductory material.”— Kyoto Journal