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  • Fingers and Moons, by Trevor Leggett

    Trevor Leggett points to the truth beyond words, beyond explanations and methods.

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  • The Old Zen Master by Trevor Leggett

    Stories, parables, and examples pointing to the spiritual implications of practical events in daily life.

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Trevor Leggett

Trevor Leggett at the BBC 1969 © Trevor Leggett TrustTrevor Leggett (1914-2000) lived for a considerable time in Japan. He was the first foreigner to obtain the Sixth Dan (senior teachers degree) in judo from Kodokan and has written several well-known books on the subject. He has also written extensively on Zen, including A First Zen Reader, Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans, Zen and the Ways, Yoga and Zen, Fingers and Moons, and his final work The Old Zen Master.

Photo: Trevor Leggett, Soko Morinaga Roshi and Marcelle hanselaar.

lr, Marcelle Hanselaar, Soko Morinaga Roshi, and Trevor Leggett.

Stories, parables, and examples have been a favoured way of conveying spiritual insights and truths since time immemorial, and Trevor Leggett was a master at it. He had the knack of pointing out the spiritual implications of practical events which everyone can relate to.

For instance see Buddhism as music — Vedanta as architecture

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Old Zen MasterFingers & Moons, by Trevor Leggett

2 Responses

  1. Trevor Leggett was a mentor of mine at the end of his life. He was an aryan in the Buddhist sense, a being from whom shone out nobility. He was beautiful to see and hear. He was also extremely kind. He fed me and took care of my material needs as well as my spiritual needs when I was with him. GOD.

    • Thanks Joseph,

      We thought Trevor was pretty good too.

      The last time he came to the Leicester Buddhist Summer School he could hardly walk. Diana asked him if he would like a wheelchair, he replied, ‘Once you sit down, you don’t get up again, just put a chair about every twenty paces because I can walk that far in one go.’

      Here’s a picture from our 1989 Summer School, from left to right: Trevor Leggett, Ven Silananda, Ajahn Sumedho, and Ato Rinpoche.

      Left to right: Trevor Leggett, Ven Silananda, Ajahn Sumedho, and Ato Rinpoche

      He was a great man.


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