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The Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, of which Zen is an important expression (along with Chinese Chan and Korean Soen), arose sometime around the first century C.E. in South India and spread throughout Asia.  It is characterized by the ideal of the bodhisattva: the compassionate being whose desire for enlightenment isn’t an individual quest but includes all other sentient beings as well.

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  1. Adorning Maitreya’s Intent

    Adorning Maitreya’s Intent

    Arriving at the View of Nonduality

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    • Rongtonpa
    According to tradition, Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes (Madhyāntavibhāga) was revealed by Maitreya to Asaṅga, and the radical view it presents forever changed the way Mahayana Buddhists perceive reality. Here, the Tibetan master Rongtön unpacks this manual and its practices for us in a way that is at once accessible and profound, with actual practical meditative applications. The work explains the vast paths of the three vehicles of Buddhism,… Read More

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  2. Visionary Encounters

    Visionary Encounters

    The Dzogchen Teachings of Bönpo Treasure-Revealer Shense Lhaje

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    • Adriano Clemente
    Visionary Encounters presents four chapters from the collection known as The Golden Teaching of Trenpa Namkha, a cycle of Dzogchen teachings recovered or rediscovered by the thirteenth-century master Shense Lhaje, an important scripture-revealer in the Bön tradition. These chapters include unusual autobiographical detail, providing a window into the daily life of this "wandering beggar," as he calls himself, as well as a record of the extraordinary messages he received from… Read More

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  3. Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

    Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

    Koan Practice for Real Life

    • by
    • Guo Gu
    Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these myriad opportunities by leading us to certain gates that have traditionally been effective for people to access that marvelous awakening. The forty-eight kōans of the Gateless Barrier (Chinese: Wumenguan; Japanese: Mumonkan) have been waking people up for well over eight hundred years. Chan… Read More

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  4. The Heart Sutra

    The Heart Sutra

    A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. Chanted daily by many Zen students, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest more recently in the West in various fields of study—from philosophy to quantum physics. In just thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release from suffering that results from the… Read More

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  5. What Is Zen?

    What Is Zen?

    Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

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    • Norman Fischer,
    • Susan Moon
    This unique introduction to Zen teaching and practice takes the remarkably accessible form of question-and-answer—making it a most useful reference for looking things up. But whether you're a neophyte or a seasoned practitioner, you'll want to read the whole thing. The questioner (Susan Moon) and the answerer (Norman Fischer) are old friends, each with a unique gift for articulation, and their friendly conversation covers not only the basics but a… Read More

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  6. Heart of the Brush

    Heart of the Brush

    The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy

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    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    This comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it’s been practiced for centuries in Asia offers the possibility of appreciating it in a hands-on way. It works as a guide for the beginner hoping to develop an appreciation for Asian calligraphy, for the person who wants to give calligraphy-creation a try, as well as for the expert or afficionado who wants nothing more than… Read More

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  7. The Vow-Powered Life

    The Vow-Powered Life

    A Simple Method for Living with Purpose

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    • Jan Chozen Bays
    A vow is like a GPS system for your life. When taken on mindfully it can be a source of surprising wisdom and powerful energy, enabling you to accomplish things you never dreamed possible. It can have profound effects even beyond the original intention—and it can even live on after you’re gone. A vow can be as small as the aspiration to smile at someone at least once every day,… Read More

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  8. The Teacup and the Skullcup

    The Teacup and the Skullcup

    Where Zen and Tantra Meet

    • by
    • Chogyam Trungpa
    • edited by
    • Judith L. Lief,
    • David Schneider
    The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974—one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston—called “Zen and Tantra.” Although Trungpa Rinpoche belonged to the tantra tradition, he acknowledged the strength and discipline gained from Zen influence. Through these talks you can see his respect for the Zen tradition and… Read More

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  9. Writing Down the Bones

    Writing Down the Bones

    Freeing the Writer Within

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    • Natalie Goldberg
    For more than thirty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—“it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.”This thirtieth-anniversary edition includes new forewords by Julia Cameron and Bill… Read More

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  10. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

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    • Sam van Schaik
    Until the early twentieth century, hardly any traces of the Tibetan tradition of Chinese Chan Buddhism, or Zen, remained. Then the discovery of a sealed cave in Dunhuang, full of manuscripts in various languages dating from the first millennium CE, transformed our understanding of early Zen. This book translates some of the earliest surviving Tibetan Zen manuscripts preserved in Dunhuang. The translations illuminate different aspects of the Zen tradition, with… Read More

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