• Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen


    Alan Watts.


    San Francisco: City Lights, 1959. Octavo. Toned off-white stapled paper wraps, moderately edge-worn on the spine, front wrap lightly soiled, rear wrap more so, some age-toning to the interior. 25 pages. First edition. Near fine. 


    Watts provides a pocket-sized introduction to Zen intended to snatch that tradition away from withholding spiritual elites and deliver it to the masses in a form more palatable and accessible to Western audiences. 


    " . . . But it seems to me that the transplantation of this style of Zen to the West would be completely artificial. It would simply become another of the numerous cult organizations with their spiritual claims, vested interests, and 'in-groups' of followers, with the additional disadvantage of the snob appeal of being a 'very esoteric' form of Buddhism. Let Zen soak into the West informally, like the drinking of tea. We can digest it better that way."



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