Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels & Reformers by Manfred Steger, Perle Besserman

By Manfred Steger, Perle Besserman

Loopy Cloud is the pen identify assumed through Ikkyu who used to be a Zen poet, calligrapher and wandering instructor. The identify itself is a pun at the jap notice denoting the Buddhist monk whose detachment from wordly lifestyles has him drifting like a cloud over water. The "Crazy Clouds" of this ebook are these cutting edge, nonconformist Zen masters, the wandering seekers and sages frequently disguised as beggars, nomadic preachers and "madmen", whose singular Zen means has profoundly conventional practices of meditation, lifestyle and religious, social and political angle in Zen Buddhism. Spanning a interval from 8th-century China to 20th-century the United States, the publication portrays the lives and teachings of Zen masters just like the fierce Rinzai, the easy-going layman P'ang, the renegade Ikkyu, and the lay monk Nyogen Senzaki all of whose interpretations of even the main radical varieties of perform proved too enigmatic and avant garde for his or her contemporaries, yet which stay valuable guidance for practitioners in today's Western Zen global of feminists, anarchists, ecologists and religious activists.

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