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Robert Pirsig, RIP

[ by Charles Cameron — obit as bead game ]

A meditation on Robert Pirsig‘s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:

Tryptich: zen speaks to zen, Suzuki to Suzuki, motorcycle to motorcycle

Pirsig died yesterday at his home in Maine, after 88 years hereabouts.

6 Responses to “Robert Pirsig, RIP”

  1. zen Says:

    I’ve read Suzuki but not ridden a Suzuki

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Sounds like you’re a zen pundit in need of maintenance, then. đŸ˜‰

  3. larrydunbar Says:

    I’ve ridden a Suzuki, but not sure that I have read Suzuki. Any help here?

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    There are two Suzukis writing on zen to choose from:
    Daisetz T Suzuki, who more or less introduced zen to the west, appropriately enough published a book titled An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, with a foreowrd by Carl Jung.
    Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who founded the San Francisco Zen Center, whose collected talks there appear under the title Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

  5. Grurray Says:

    Never read Pirsig. I have ridden Honda 250 dirtbikes, not sure if that counts. A book like that is probably about a touring bike, so doubtful I would guess.
    I have read DT Suzuki too, so two out of three.

  6. Charles Cameron Says:

    If you’ve done maintenance on the Honda, you’d qualify I think.
    I have dipped into Pirsig, but am far too attention deficited to have read the whole thing.

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