The Lotus and the Robot

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The Lotus and the Robot
First US edition (publ. Macmillan)
Author Arthur Koestler
Language English
Subject Mysticism
Published 1960
Media type Print

The Lotus and the Robot is a 1960 book by Arthur Koestler exploring eastern mysticism. Although later dated by Westerners' greater exposure to Oriental practices, it concentrates mainly on Indian and Japanese traditions,[1] which form the two parts—the "lotus" and the "robot" respectively.


  1. ^ Shoji Yamada (29 November 2011). Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen, and the West. University of Chicago Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-226-94765-5. Retrieved 11 August 2013.