The Little Book of Zen Wisdom by John C. Baldock
This is a collection of stories, koans, poetry and sayings that capture the simplicity, the humour and the profound wisdom of the Zen masters. The brief introduction explains that the theme of instant enlightenment is central to Zen and that the role of Zen master is to bring the pupil to the point where he, too, becomes a master - master of himself. When the pupil drops all mental concepts and transcends the limitations of the human mind, he experiences relaity with "no mind" - he is enlightened. Designed to be dipped into at random and to tease the mind of the modern reader, this collection sets out to capture the essence of Zen.