Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Book - 1990 | 1st ed
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destined to become required reading for new fans of the book as well as those who have returned to it over the years.
spent years investigating the background and underlying symbolism of Pirsig's work. Together, and with the approval of Robert Pirsig, they have written a fascinating reference/companion to the original Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance serves as a metaphorical backpack of supplies for the reader's journey through the original work. With the background material, insights, and perspectives the authors provide, Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is
When Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was first published in 1974, it caused a literary sensation. An entire generation was profoundly affected by the story of the narrator, his son, Chris, and their month-long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California. A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, the book is a complex story of relationships, values, madness, and, eventually, enlightenment. Ronald DiSanto and Thomas Steele have
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0688060692 (pbk.)
0688084613 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 818 DIS
Characteristics: 407 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

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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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