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A uniquely playful and incisive collection of Zen teaching stories from a beloved American master.
A Modern Classic. In the tradition of the great koan collections and the records of ancient masters, Robert Aitken distills a lifetime of teaching down to its essence. Intriguing and deceptively simple, Zen Master Raven is a brilliant encapsulation of Zen in over a hundred koan-like encounters alongside many charming illustrations. Featuring curious beginners like Mallard and Mole and profound teachers like Brown Bear, Moose Roshi, and Zen Master Raven himself, this classic of contemporary Zen and will inspire seekers for generations to come.
In this new edition of his final book, Aitken (The Mind of Clover), who died in 2010, offers teachings through stories (almost parables) of Zen Master Raven and his group of fellow travelers on the path to enlightenment Porcupine, Black Bear, Owl, Moose, and more. Koan-style stories typically involve exchanges between a teacher and sangha members, culminating in a consideration of phrases or actions that serves as a guide to awakening. Emulating this tradition, Zen Master Raven's stories are usually only a few sentences long, tracing his growth as a student, his attainment of enlightenment, his teaching at Assembly Oak, and his death. Through these stories, Raven teaches about the nature of Buddha, emptiness, karma, everyday life, and more. Aitken's book, however, is not merely a formulaic emulation but a welcome creation of a new koan anthology that reflects the distinct flavor of American Zen Buddhist practice. This is a beautiful and worthy final teaching from Aitken.