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  1. Swampland Flowers

    Swampland Flowers

    The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui

    The writings of the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master Ta Hui are as immediately accessible as those of any contemporary teacher, and this book, which introduced them to the English-speaking world in the 1970s, has become a modern classic—a regular feature of recommended reading lists for Zen centers across America, even though the book has become difficult to find. We are happy to make the book available again after more than… Read More

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  2. Song of Mind

    Song of Mind

    Wisdom from the Zen Classic Xin Ming

    • by
    • Chan Master Sheng Yen
    "No words can explain enlightenment," says the seventh-century Zen classic Xin Ming, or "Song of Mind," yet, paradoxically, this poem is a masterpiece of expressing the inexpressible. In his commentary on it, Chan Master Sheng Yen takes a practical approach, opening up the language of the Xin Ming to show students how to approach meditation, how to deal with problems that arise in their spiritual practice,… Read More

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  3. Zen Essence

    Zen Essence

    The Science of Freedom

    • edited by
    • Thomas Cleary
    Drawn from the records of Chinese Zen masters of the Tang and Song dynasties, this collection may surprise some readers. In contrast to the popular image of Zen as an authoritarian, monastic tradition deeply rooted in Asian culture, these passages portray Zen as remarkably flexible, adaptive to contemporary and individual needs, and transcending cultural boundaries. The readings contained in Zen Essence emphasize that the practice of Zen requires consciousness… Read More

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  4. 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. The Prajnaparamita literature consists… Read More

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  5. Complete Enlightenment

    Complete Enlightenment

    Zen Comments on the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

    • by
    • Chan Master Sheng Yen
    Complete Enlightenment is the first authoritative translation and commentary on The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, a central text that shaped the development of East Asian Buddhism and Ch'an (Chinese Zen). The text is set in the form of a transcription of discussions between the Buddha and the twelve enlightened beings(bodhisattvas), who question him on all aspects of spiritual practice.This new translation preserves all the liveliness and nuance of… Read More

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  6. The Sutra of Hui-neng, Grand Master of Zen

    The Sutra of Hui-neng, Grand Master of Zen

    With Hui-neng's Commentary on the Diamond Sutra

    Hui-neng (638–713) is perhaps the most beloved and respected figure in Zen Buddhism. An illiterate woodcutter who attained enlightenment in a flash, he became the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen, and is regarded as the founder of the "Sudden Enlightenment" school. He is the supreme exemplar of the fact that neither education nor social background has any bearing on the attainment of enlightenment. This collection of his talks, also known… Read More

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  7. Stopping and Seeing

    Stopping and Seeing

    A Comprehensive Course in Buddhist Meditation

    • by
    • Chih-i
    "Stopping" and "seeing" are sometimes referred to as the yin and yang of Buddhist meditation—complementary twin halves of a unified whole. In essence, "stopping and seeing" refers to stopping delusion and seeing truth, processes back to basic Buddhist practice. One of the most comprehensive manuals written on these two essential points of Buddhist meditation is "The Great Stopping and Seeing," a monumental work written by sixth-century Buddhist master Chih-i. … Read More

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  8. Zen Letters

    Zen Letters

    Teachings of Yuanwu

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    • Yuanwu
    Zen Letters presents the teachings of the great Chinese master Yuanwu (1063–1135) in direct person-to-person lessons, intimately revealing the inner workings of the psychology of enlightenment. These teachings are drawn from letters written by Yuanwu to various fellow teachers, disciples, and lay students—to women as well as men, to people with families and worldly careers as well as monks and nuns, to advanced adepts as well as beginning students.… Read More

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  9. The Wheel of Life

    The Wheel of Life

    The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist

    • by
    • John Blofeld
    The Wheel of Life is the spiritual autobiography of John Blofeld (1913-1987), a world-renowned British scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern traditions, especially Buddhism and Taoism. With wit, honesty, and humility, Blofeld portrays his search for wisdom and his discovery of a genuine spiritual path. He describes in vivid detail his life in Peking and his travels in Tibet, Mongolia, China, India, and… Read More

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  10. Zen Dawn

    Zen Dawn

    Early Zen Texts from Tun Huang

    This important book brings together three long-lost texts, the earliest known writings on Zen. Records of the Teachers and Students of the Lanka presents a complete set of biographies of the Zen patriarchs. Bodhidharma's Treatise on Contemplating Mind— written in the form of a dialogue between the first Zen patriarch, Bodhidharma, and his successor, Huke—views all the various practices of the Bodhisattva path from the perspective of… Read More

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