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Zen in the Art of Helping

1st Edition

By David Brandon


132 pages

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A succinct, uncompromising study of what it means to help other people, this book, first published in 1978, examines the helping process in the light of the principles of Zen Buddhism. Emphasizing the Zen precepts of true compassion, newness and Taoistic change, it explains how a helper can break down the artificial barriers that serve to separate people and hinder the helping process. As the teachings of Zen demonstrate, real compassion involves a selflessness and respect that can bring helper and helped together.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. What is Zen? 3. Hindering 4. Compassion 5. Nowness 6. Taoistic Change 7. Zen Fruit

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism

This eleven-volume set gathers together some essential texts on Zen Buddhism. They range from newly-translated sixteenth-century documents from a Japanese temple to a modern work on the usefulness of Zen precepts in the ‘helping professions’ of medicine and the social services. Works also detail the rigours of training for a life as a Buddhist priest, the links between yoga and Zen, Zen and swordsmanship, and other Japanese Zen traditions.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies