The Iron Cow of Zen
by Albert Low
A koan is a saying by a Zen master, the most famous being "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Seemingly incomprehensible, a koan is actually an invitation to think in a new way, a tool to startle the consciousness into enlightenment. Drawing on the views of diverse thinkers from Buddha, to T.S. Eliot to explain the essential concepts of Zen Buddhism, this book is thought provoking reading.