• Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

  • A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings (Unabridged Selections)
  • By: Paul Reps
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (301 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Zen is a way of life, a religion, and an aesthetic, as well as one of the oldest and most profound religious philosophies in the world. This program presents selections from some of the best-known works in the Zen canon. 101 Zen Stories recounts actual experiences with Zen spanning five centuries. The Gateless Gate is a 13th-century collection of mind problems used in the practice of Zen. 10 Bulls is a 12th-century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment.

What is Zen? Listen to Paul Reps' compilation for the answer.

(P)1997 Audio Literature; ©1957 in Japan by Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc.

Featured Article: The Best Zen Audiobooks to Guide You to Enlightenment


Perhaps you’re a meditation master looking for some in-depth topics, or maybe you’re new to your zen practice and seeking guidance. Either way, these ten titles offer a comprehensive selection to begin or continue your spiritual practice. Our selection includes poems, short stories, letters, and full-length texts all brought to life in audio. They cover various schools of philosophy and religion from traditionalists to modern practitioners.

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All should read

An impressive work. Read it in my youth, older ears heard much more. Thank you.

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Zazen is everyday living.

Full of Emptiness. Empty is full within. Long time short time. Swim on the surface with your feet on the bottom.

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cuts off

the recording cuts off early needs to be fixed as content is missing from it

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Zenly unstructured.

Fluid arrangements, non structured. I think it is supposed to be so for listeners to unlearn what is learned. Seek nothing as enlightenment not from this audiobook but from within. Super paradoxical and meaning can come later. I guess the English translation may have been less accurate but is close. No expectations no need to understand, just let it be a humours or enjoyable listening. Bonus if it really helps you.

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Great for the intermediate learning of Zen.

Loved it. I get the opportunity to open my mind every time I hear it.

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I liked this alot

beautifully read definitely one of my favorite audible books might be missing the very last section in the paper back though

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One of my favourite books

I enjoyed the stories as much as the vocal performance. The soft sound of the old microphone is as key to it's beauty as the wisdom it conveyed.

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Great stories.

Sometimes it is better to learn something through stories rather than reading a book.

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Zen is inn!

It is a wonderful and great set of Zen stories!
it us worth listening to every minute.

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not good driving material.

better to read one snip at a time and contemplate. fill five more unnecessary words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-21

27 years since first taste, even more delicious

about to press play again.. Thankyou father for introducing, also "power of chi" by Michael Page