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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. Invoking Reality

    Invoking Reality

    Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen

    • by
    • John Daido Loori
    There is a common misconception that to practice Zen is to practice meditation and nothing else. In truth, traditionally, the practice of meditation goes hand-in-hand with moral conduct. In Invoking Reality, John Daido Loori, one of the leading Zen teachers in America today, presents and explains the ethical precepts of Zen as essential aspects of Zen training and development. The Buddhist teachings on morality—the precepts—predate Zen, going… Read More

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  2. Thank You and OK!

    Thank You and OK!

    An American Zen Failure in Japan

    • by
    • David Chadwick
    David Chadwick, a Texas-raised wanderer, college dropout, bumbling social activist, and hobbyhorse musician, began his study under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four-year period of voluntary exile and remedial Zen education. In Thank You and OK! he recounts his experiences both inside and beyond the monastery walls and offers insightful portraits of the characters he knew in that world—the bickering monks,… Read More

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  3. The Light of Discovery

    The Light of Discovery

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    • Toni Packer
    To read this book is to encounter the essence of our lives and our everyday concerns. Toni Packer shines her gentle light on fear, compassion, impermanence, attraction, prejudice, enlightenment, and much more as she invites us into our own light of discovery. As she says, "In truth we are not separate from each other, or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars,… Read More

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  4. Making a Change for Good

    Making a Change for Good

    A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

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    • Cheri Huber
    According to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way, we would be happy: “Life isn't the way it should be and it's my fault!” But, Huber says, no amount of self-punishment will ever make us happy or bring us control over life’s problems. The help we are looking for is really found in self-acceptance and… Read More

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  5. The Silent Question

    The Silent Question

    Meditating in the Stillness of Not-Knowing

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    • Toni Packer
    In The Silent Question, Packer provides fresh insights on using the experiences of life that are raw, messy, painful, and sometimes full of laughter, to open a way to compassion. She urges us to let go of our thoughts and to sit "in the stillness of not knowing" in order to reflect upon the essential question of who we are. Packer encourages us to discover that life, energy, and insight… Read More

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  6. The Work of This Moment

    The Work of This Moment

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    • Toni Packer
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  7. The Poetry of Zen

    The Poetry of Zen

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    • Sam Hamill,
    • J. P. Seaton
    A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound influence on the secular poetry of the countries in which it has flourished. Here, two… Read More

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  8. Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

    Zen Bow, Zen Arrow

    The Life and Teachings of Awa Kenzo, the Archery Master from Zen in the Art of Archery

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Here are the inspirational life and teachings of Awa Kenzo (1880–1939), the Zen and kyudo (archery) master who gained worldwide renown after the publication of Eugen Herrigel's cult classic Zen in the Art of Archery in 1953. Kenzo lived and taught at a pivotal time in Japan's history, when martial arts were practiced primarily for self-cultivation, and his wise and penetrating instructions for practice (and life)—including aphorisms, poetry, instructional lists,… Read More

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  9. The Mirror of Zen

    The Mirror of Zen

    The Classic Guide to Buddhist Practice by Zen Master So Sahn

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    • Zen Master So Sahn
    The sacred radiance of our original nature never darkens.It has shined forth since beginningless time.Do you wish to enter the gate that leads to this?Simply do not give rise to conceptual thinking. Zen Master So Sahn (1520–1604) is a towering figure in the history of Korean Zen. In this treasure-text, he presents in simple yet beautiful language the core principles and… Read More

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  10. Attaining the Way

    Attaining the Way

    A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism

    • by
    • Chan Master Sheng Yen
    This is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and are perfect for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners… Read More

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