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  1. Zen and the Art of Insight

    Zen and the Art of Insight

    The Prajnaparamita ("perfection of wisdom") sutras are one of the great legacies of Mahayana Buddhism, giving eloquent expression to some of that school's central concerns: the perception of shunyata, the essential emptiness of all phenomena; and the ideal of the bodhisattva, one who postpones his or her own enlightenment in order to work for the salvation of all beings. … Read More

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  2. Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums (A Graphic Novel)

    • by
    • Sean Michael Wilson
    Here is a graphic novel portrait of the wild antics and legendary poetry of two of China’s greatest poets. Han Shan (known as “Cold Mountain”) and Shih Te lived during the Tang dynasty (618–906 C.E.) and were critics of authority (both secular and religious) and champions of social justice. They left their poetry on tree trunks and rocks, and they were also reportedly monastics, drunks, cave dwellers, immortals, and many… Read More

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  3. Just This Is It

    Just This Is It

    Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness

    • by
    • Taigen Dan Leighton
    The joy of “suchness”—the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearance—shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism (the predecessor of Sōtō Zen). Taigen Dan Leighton looks at the teachings attributed to Dongshan—in his Recorded Sayings and in the numerous koans in which he is featured as a character—to reveal the subtlety and depth of the teaching on… Read More

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  4. The Zen of Living and Dying

    The Zen of Living and Dying

    A Practical and Spiritual Guide

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    • Philip Kapleau
    To live life fully and die serenely—surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined. Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society. Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.… Read More

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  5. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 2)

    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 2)

    • by
    • Tsong-kha-pa
    • edited by
    • Joshua Cutler,
    • Guy Newland
    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world’s treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa, completed it in 1402, and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Because it condenses all the exoteric sūtra scriptures into a meditation manual that… Read More

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  6. Always Present

    Always Present

    The Luminous Wisdom of Jigme Phuntsok

    • by
    • Jigme Phuntsok
    • edited by
    • Khenpo Sodargye
    What is true happiness? What is the cause of our suffering and dissatisfaction? And how can we live with the kindness and clarity of the Buddha in our own lives? This compact collection of teachings from Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche illuminates these most fundamental questions about the Buddhist path and provides essential guidance to help you along the way. Oriented to both beginners to Buddhism and longtime practitioners alike, these… Read More

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  7. The Five Houses of Zen

    The Five Houses of Zen

    For all its emphasis on the direct experience of insight without reliance on the products of the intellect, the Zen tradition has created a huge body of writings. Of this cast literature, the writings associated with the so-called Five Houses of Zen are widely considered to be preeminent. These Five Houses—which arose in China during the ninth and tenth centuries, often referred to as the Golden Age of Zen—were not… Read More

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  8. Mango Elephants in the Sun

    Mango Elephants in the Sun

    How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin

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    • Susana Herrera
    When the Peace Corps sends Susana Herrera to teach English in northern Cameroon, she yearns to embrace her adopted village and its people, to drink deep from the spirit of Mother Africa—and to forget a bitter childhood and painful past. To the villagers, however, she’s a rich American tourist, a nasara (white person) who has never known pain or want. They stare at her in silence. The children giggle and… Read More

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  9. Nothing Holy about It

    Nothing Holy about It

    The Zen of Being Just Who You Are

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    • Tim Burkett
    According to legend, when the founder of Zen Buddhism was asked about the main principle of his holy teaching, he replied that there was “nothing holy about it!” Now, a millennium and a half later, Tim Burkett reveals how and why the wisdom of nonholiness is the key to a joyful heart. You don’t need to go looking for something sacred—the happiness you seek is right where you are. In… Read More

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