Three Pillars of Zen, by Philip Kapleau, has sold over 500 thousand copies worldwide. Awakening to Zen, Zen: Integrating East and West, The Cycle of Life and Death, and The Zen of Living and Dying are among his works. Kapleau was the first Westerner to receive the roshi ordination. In 1966, he founded the Rochester Zen Center. He is a resident of Rochester, New York.