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  1. Zen Confidential

    Zen Confidential

    Confessions of a Wayward Monk

    • by
    • Shozan Jack Haubner
    These hilarious essays on life inside and outside a Zen monastery make up the spiritual memoir of Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen monk who didn’t really start out to be one. Raised in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan went on to study philosophy (becoming de-Catholicized in the process) and to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comic in the clubs of L.A. How he went from life in… Read More

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  2. The Spirit of Noh

    The Spirit of Noh

    A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden

    • by
    • Zeami
    The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has long held a fascination for people both in the East and the West. For six hundred years it has had a huge influence on Japanese culture—and has inspired such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. Here is a translation of the Fushikaden, a seminal treatise on Noh by the fifteenth-century actor and playwright Zeami (1363–1443), the most celebrated figure in… Read More

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  3. The Lone Samurai

    The Lone Samurai

    The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

    • by
    • William Scott Wilson
    Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a… Read More

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  4. Cold Mountain Poems

    Cold Mountain Poems

    Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih

    • by
    • Han Shan
    Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, T’ang-era rebel poet Han Shan is an icon of Chinese poetry and Zen. He and his sidekick, Shih Te, are known as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and monastery walls, calling others to “the Cold Mountain way” of simple, honest, joyful living. J. P. Seaton takes a fresh… Read More

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  5. Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    And One to Save It

    • by
    • Roger Housden
    Poems can teach us in ways that surpass other forms of understanding, especially when the subject concerns matters of the heart. When the heart’s whispers are too faint for us to hear in ordinary ways, poetry can speak to us with another kind of eloquence. From the leap of joy that a couple takes on their wedding day to a fiftieth wedding anniversary that acknowledges the deep connection that… Read More

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  6. Sky Above, Great Wind

    Sky Above, Great Wind

    The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

    • by
    • Ryokan
    Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by… Read More

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  7. The Art of Haiku

    The Art of Haiku

    Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

    • by
    • Stephen Addiss
    In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku is cause for celebration—but it can also compel us to go back to the beginning: to look at… Read More

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  8. Bright Moon, White Clouds

    Bright Moon, White Clouds

    Selected Poems of Li Po

    • by
    • Li Po
    • edited by
    • J. P. Seaton
    His work is one of the glories of Chinese poetry’s golden age, and it has not ceased to delight readers in the twelve centuries since. Li Po (701–762) wrote of the pleasures of nature, of wine, and of the life of a wandering poet in a way that speaks to us across the centuries with remarkable intimacy—and that special, timeless quality is one of the reasons Li Po became… Read More

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  9. Chogyam Trungpa

    Chogyam Trungpa

    His Life and Vision

    • by
    • Fabrice Midal
    Chögyam Trungpa is virtually synonymous with the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Over the course of his seventeen-year teaching career in North America, Trungpa ushered in a radically new approach to spirituality—both rooted in the ancient wisdom of the buddhadharma and thoroughly situated in the contemporary world. His teachings, grounded in what he called the “Shambhala vision,” focused on the development of an enlightened society through the transformation… Read More

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  10. The Rumi Daybook

    The Rumi Daybook

    • edited by
    • Kabir Helminski,
    • Camille Helminski
    "My heart wandered through the world constantly seeking after my cure, but the sweet and delicious water of life had to break through the granite of my heart." When the words of Rumi enter your heart, something softens, breaks, and is subtly reborn. That he wrote the words seven hundred years ago in a medieval Persian world that bears… Read More

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