Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



Zen Buddhism

A History


By: Heinrich Dumoulin


” For many years I dug the earth and searched for the blue heaven,

And how often, how often did my heart grow heavier and heavier.

One night, in the dark, I took stone and brick,

And mindlessly struck the bones of the empty heavens.”


By: Musō Soseki


(Page 157)



Hermit Poet’s Comments We look for happiness and many times come up empty.  Everything good or bad is connected and bounce off of each other. The elusive “happy” is nothing more than pieces fighting for attention in our mind. 


Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan) (Treasures of the World’s Religions) (Volume 2)

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