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  1. The One Taste of Truth

    The One Taste of Truth

    Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea

    • by
    • William Scott Wilson
    Traditionally in China and Japan, drinking a cup of tea was an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and an elevation of mind and spirit. Here, renowned translator William Scott Wilson distills what is singular and precious about this traditional tea culture, and he explores the fascinating connection between Zen and tea drinking. He unpacks the most common phrases from Zen and Chinese philosophy—usually found in Asia printed on hanging… Read More

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  2. Beating the Cloth Drum

    Beating the Cloth Drum

    Letters of Zen Master Hakuin

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    • Hakuin
    Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1769) is one of the most influential figures in Zen Buddhism. He revitalized the Rinzai Zen tradition (which emphasizes the use of koans, or unanswerable questions, in meditation practice), and all masters of that school today trace their lineage back through him. He is responsible for the most famous of all koans: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" He is also famous for his striking and… Read More

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  3. The True Dharma Eye

    The True Dharma Eye

    Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans

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    • Zen Master Dogen
    A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen… Read More

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  4. The Sayings of Layman P'ang

    The Sayings of Layman P'ang

    A Zen Classic of China

    • by
    • James Green
    These wise and funny stories have been an inspiration to spiritual practice for more than twelve centuries, particularly for all those who follow the Buddhist path as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) was a merchant and family man who one day put all his money and possessions in a boat and sunk it in a river, so that he could devote his life to the study of the dharma. His wife,… Read More

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  5. Each Moment Is the Universe

    Each Moment Is the Universe

    Zen and the Way of Being Time

    • by
    • Dainin Katagiri
    It’s easy to regard time as a commodity—we even speak of “saving” or “spending” it. We often regard it as an enemy, when we feel it slipping away before we’re ready for time to be up. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time is not something separate from our life; rather, our life is time. Understand this, says… Read More

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  6. The Undying Lamp of Zen

    The Undying Lamp of Zen

    The Testament of Zen Master Torei

    • by
    • Zen Master Torei Enji
    • edited by
    • Thomas Cleary
    The Undying Lamp of Zen is a pure and powerful distillation of Zen doctrine and practice written by Torei Enji (1721–1792), a Zen master and artist. Torei was best known as one of two “genius assistants” to Hakuin Ekaku, a towering figure in Zen Buddhism who revitalized the Rinzai school, which focuses on koan practice. Torei was responsible for much of the advanced work of Hakuin’s later disciples and also… Read More

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  7. Zen Is Right Here

    Zen Is Right Here

    Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    • by
    • Shunryu Suzuki
    • edited by
    • David Chadwick
    Shunryu Suzuki’s extraordinary gift for conveying traditional Zen teachings using ordinary language is well known to the countless readers of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. In Zen Is Right Here, his teachings are brought to life powerfully and directly through stories told about him by his students. These living encounters with Zen are poignant, direct, humorous, paradoxical, and enlightening; and their setting in real-life contexts makes them wonderfully accessible. Like the… Read More

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  8. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    • by
    • Shunryu Suzuki
    “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss… Read More

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