Book Review: Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers

Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers
Written by Perle Besserman, Manfred Steger
Published by Wisdom Publications
To be published January 1st, 2011

I really enjoyed reading this book. At times I felt like I was watching a Three Stooges marathon with all the stick slapping, poking and antagonism. There were more than a few times that I laughed quite loudly, so much so, those around were wondering what the heck I was laughing at. These guys,seemed more like comedians than Zen masters, which made their wisdom that much more palatable.

I have to say, this book has opened my eyes a bit to a better understanding of Zen. There were parts of Zen, still are a few, that I didn’t get. After reading about guys like Ikkyu, who for lack of a better description, stuck their fists in the air to the Zen institution, I now see it as a revolution. To me, all Buddhist thought is revolutionary, but the Zen these guys follow seems to come at it from a different angle.

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