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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Zen


An introduction to Zen unlike any you’ve seen before—inspired by manga and graphic novels.

With dynamic, detailed illustrations and a semi-narrative style, Amato takes us on a visual tour of Buddhism and, using specifics to illuminate universals, dives deep into the practices and forms of Soto Zen. 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Zen explores such topics as

-A brief history of Buddhism

-An iconographic overview of various buddhas and bodhisattvas

-An introduction to the various practices of Zen including meditation (zazen), work practice (samu), and meditative eating (oryoki)

-A what’s what of holidays, ceremonies, temple instruments, and religious vestments

-A how-to guide for setting up a home altar