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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. A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen

    A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen

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    • Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber,
    • Franz-Karl Ehrhard,
    • Michael S. Diener
    With over fifteen hundred entries and forty-six illustrations, A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen is the most complete compact reference work of its kind available in the English language. It is designed not only for students and meditators but also as a tool to help familiarize all readers with Buddhist terms and concepts—such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, and tantra—that are encountered with increasing regularity in the literature of… Read More

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  2. The Zen Art Book

    The Zen Art Book

    The Art of Enlightenment

    • by
    • Stephen Addiss,
    • John Daido Loori
    When a Zen master puts brush to paper, the resulting image is an expression of the quality of his or her mind. It is thus a teaching, intended to compassionately stop us in our tracks and to compel us to consider ultimate truth. Here, forty masterpieces of painting and calligraphy by renowned masters such as Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) and Gibon Sengai (1750–1837) are reproduced along with commentary that illuminates… Read More

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  3. Bodhisattva of Compassion

    Bodhisattva of Compassion

    The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin

    • by
    • John Blofeld
    She is the embodiment of selfless love, the supreme symbol of radical compassion, and, for more than a millennium throughout Asia, she has been revered as “The One Who Hearkens to the Cries of the World.” Kuan Yin is both a Buddhist symbol and a beloved deity of Chinese folk religion. John Blofeld’s classic study traces the history of this most famous of all the bodhisattvas from her origins in… Read More

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  4. The True Dharma Eye

    The True Dharma Eye

    Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans

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    • Zen Master Dogen
    A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen… Read More

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  5. Zen Heart

    Zen Heart

    Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion

    • by
    • Ezra Bayda
    There’s a secret to spiritual practice, and it’s surprisingly simple: learn to be present with attention. Do that, and the whole world becomes your teacher, you wake up to the sacredness of every aspect of existence, and compassion for others arises without even thinking about it. In Zen Heart, Bayda provides a wealth of practical advice for making difficult experiences a valued part of the path and for making… Read More

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  6. Shattering the Great Doubt

    Shattering the Great Doubt

    The Chan Practice of Huatou

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    • Chan Master Sheng Yen
    Huatou is a skillful method for breaking through the prison of mental habits into the spacious mind of enlightenment. The huatou is a confounding question much like a Zen koan. Typical ones are "What is wu [nothingness]?" or "What was my original face before birth-and-death?" But a huatou is unlike a koan in that the aim is not to come up with an answer. The practice is simple: ask yourself… Read More

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  7. The Sayings of Layman P'ang

    The Sayings of Layman P'ang

    A Zen Classic of China

    These wise and funny stories have been an inspiration to spiritual practice for more than twelve centuries, particularly for all those who follow the Buddhist path as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) was a merchant and family man who one day put all his money and possessions in a boat and sunk it in a river, so that he could devote his life to the study of the dharma. His wife,… Read More

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  8. Mindful Eating

    Mindful Eating

    A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

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    • Jan Chozen Bays
    The art of mindfulness can transform our struggles with food—and renew our sense of pleasure, appreciation, and satisfaction with eating. Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and meditation teacher, Dr. Jan Bays offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help with food issues.Mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating—to all… Read More

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  9. Enso

    Enso

    Zen Circles of Enlightenment

    • by
    • Audrey Yoshiko Seo
    The ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a kind of symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. It has been subject to a rich variety of interpretations—seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity. But regardless of how it is understood, the ensō is above all an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes… Read More

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  10. The Way of Korean Zen

    The Way of Korean Zen

    • by
    • Kusan Sunim
    The power and simplicity of the Korean Zen tradition shine in this collection of teachings by a renowned modern master, translated by Martine Batchelor. Kusan Sunim provides a wealth of practical advice for students, particularly with regard to the uniquely Korean practice of hwadu, or sitting with questioning. An extensive introduction by Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs, provides both a biography of the author and a brief history… Read More

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