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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. Training in Compassion

    Training in Compassion

    Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

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    • Norman Fischer
    Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so—and it has become very popular indeed, because it's a practice that one can fit very well into an… Read More

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  2. Hunger Mountain

    Hunger Mountain

    A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape

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    • David Hinton
    Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of Hunger Mountain, near his home in Vermont—excursions informed by the worldview he’s imbibed from his many years translating the classics of Chinese poetry and philosophy. His broad-ranging discussion offers insight on everything from the mountain landscape to the origins of consciousness and the Cosmos, from geology to Chinese landscape painting, from parenting to pictographic oracle-bone… Read More

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  3. Sky Above, Great Wind

    Sky Above, Great Wind

    The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

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    • 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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  4. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

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    • Melvin McLeod
    A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi… Read More

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  5. The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh

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    • Thich Nhat Hanh
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    • Melvin McLeod
    This is a collection of powerful and inspiring teachings in an appealing, convenient pocket-size book from one of today's most important and beloved spiritual teachers, the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Next to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh is the best-known Buddhist teacher in the world, and his teachings have touched millions. Thich Nhat Hanh is known for his warm, generous, and… Read More

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  6. Everything Is the Way

    Everything Is the Way

    Ordinary Mind Zen

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    • Elihu Genmyo Smith
    These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything that’s enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it’s refreshing be reminded that Zen is at heart a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit—in order to free ourselves from the suffering the dream imposes on us. Elihu Genmyo Smith’s eminently practical Zen teaching never loses sight of that central concern: Whether it takes the form of zazenRead More

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  7. The Unfettered Mind

    The Unfettered Mind

    Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

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    • Takuan Soho
    This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.… Read More

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  8. 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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  9. Your True Home

    Your True Home

    The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

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    • Thich Nhat Hanh
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    • Melvin McLeod
    Bringing the energy of true presence into our lives really does change things for the better—and all it takes is a little training. This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention. Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness… Read More

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  10. True Love

    True Love

    A Practice for Awakening the Heart

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    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    Love might not be what we think it is. We all seek the happiness that comes from loving and being loved, yet we often find ourselves dissatisfied in our relationships and unable to grasp the cause. Thich Nhat Hanh here shows the way to overcome our recurrent obstacles to love—by learning to be mindful, open, and present with ourselves and others. As he explains, “training is needed in order to… Read More

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