Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Book - 1990
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When Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was first published in 1974, it cased a literary sensation. A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, the book is a complex story of relationships, values, madness, and enlightenment. The guide serves as a metaphorical backpack of supplies for the reader's journey through the original work. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c1990.
ISBN: 9780688084615
Characteristics: 407 p. :,ill., map ;,255 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pirsig, Robert M.
Steele, Thomas J.


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the only zen you find at the top of a mountain is the zen you bring with you. chris persig, the boy on the back of the motorcycle featured in ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE, died one night of the late 70s, on the block in San Francisco where the Zen Temple is located. Someone unknown stabbed him to death. He was a student at the time at San Francisco State University, as was I, and I have deeply regretted, ever since, not having met him. One day I went to this temple, to do sitting meditation ( this is open to the public). in the zen tradition of Buddhism, this is known as Zazen. Maybe this is what Chris was returning from doing the night he was killed. As far as the book his father wrote about their cross continent journey on a motorcycle is concerned, I know there's a lot of Plato in it. A lot of Robert's musings about his marriage, and his hopes and concerns for his son, Chris. Back to the night I learned from the local tv* news program of Chris's murder: had I only known, I would have taken philosophy classes at the university, also. a couple of years later, a rock star who said he was coming to San Francisco, the following weekend, was murdered on the streets of New York city, so I didn't have the chance to meet him, either. And, by that time, Alan Watts had already drank himself to death (he died in his sleep aboard his boat at the Sausalito Marina). Sort of reminds me of that scene in the Steve Martin movie, THE JERK, wherein he is being shot at by a sniper in the hills above a gas station, and the marksman keeps hitting the oil cans, stacked outside, by the gas pumps. Steve Martin shrieks, ' he hates those oil cans!' before finally getting inside the gas station, out of range. *KGO channel 7, it was, and Van Amberg was the anchor.

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