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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. The Heart Sutra

    The Heart Sutra

    A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    The first-century classic Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra may be the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. It’s a key Zen text, chanted daily by many, but is studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition too. In just about thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release of suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language. Kazuaki Tanahashi’s guide to the Heart… Read More

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  2. The Art of Haiku

    The Art of Haiku

    Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

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    • Stephen Addiss
    In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku is cause for celebration—but it can also compel us to go back to the beginning: to look at… Read More

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  3. You Are Here

    You Are Here

    Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

    • by
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    This moment is the gateway to enlightenment. It is the only moment we have to be joyful, mindful, and awake. The key is to be there for yourself—to learn to be fully present in your life. This, Thich Nhat Hanh explains, is the heart of Buddhist practice. In this introduction to the practice of presence, the beloved Buddhist teacher provides indispensable insight on the essentials of Buddhist thought… Read More

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  4. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Special Gift Edition

    • by
    • Shunryu Suzuki
    In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nondualityin a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the… Read More

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  5. Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

    Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

    Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo

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    • Zen Master Dogen
    • edited by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shobo Genzo, in Japanese) is a monumental work, considered to be one of the profoundest expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the most outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan. It is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of Zen’s Soto school. Kazuaki Tanahashi and a team of translators that represent a Who’s Who of… Read More

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  6. Beyond Happiness

    Beyond Happiness

    The Zen Way to True Contentment

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    • Ezra Bayda
    Happiness is available to all of us—right here, right now. All that’s required is that we learn to let go of our expectation that life should go according the agenda we have in mind. Zen teacher Ezra Bayda provides the teachings and practices we need to learn to let go into true happiness—the kind that goes far deeper than the kind that’s about getting what we think we want. … Read More

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  7. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    40th Anniversary Edition

    • by
    • Shunryu Suzuki
    “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss… Read More

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  8. The Sound of One Hand

    The Sound of One Hand

    Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin

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    • Audrey Yoshiko Seo,
    • Stephen Addiss
    Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) is one of the most influential figures in the history of Zen. He can be considered the founder of the modern Japanese Rinzai tradition, for which he famously emphasized the importance of koan practice in awakening, and he revitalized the monastic life of his day. But his teaching was by no means limited to monastery or temple. Hakuin was the quintessential Zen master of the people, renowned… Read More

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  9. You Are Here

    You Are Here

    Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

    • by
    • Thich Nhat Hanh
    In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners,… Read More

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  10. Cold Mountain Poems

    Cold Mountain Poems

    Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih

    • by
    • Han Shan
    The incomparable poetry of Han Shan (Cold Mountain) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T’ang era (618–907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses,… Read More

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