The Old Zen Master

At the beginning you have to take up a koan riddle. One such is this: ‘What is your true face before father and mother were born’. For one facing the turbulence of life and death, such a koan clears away the sandy soil and opens up the golden treasure which was there from the beginning, the ageless root of all things…

 The Old Zen Master, by Trevor Leggett
The Old Zen Master

by Trevor Leggett

ISBN 13: 978-0946672073
ISBN 10: 0946672075

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 1987, reprint 2010
Paperback 194 pages

£10.95 / $16.95

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 people can relate to.

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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