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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. Tibetan Zen

    Tibetan Zen

    Discovering a Lost Tradition

    • by
    • 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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  2. Zen Chants

    Zen Chants

    Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    A Zen chant is like a compass that sets us in the direction of the awakened life; it is the dynamic, audible counterpart to the silent practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; and it is a powerful expression of the fact that practice happens in community. Here is a concise guide to Zen chants for practitioners, as well as for anyone who appreciates the beauty and profundity of the poetry… Read More

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  3. Seeds for a Boundless Life

    Seeds for a Boundless Life

    Zen Teachings from the Heart

    • by
    • Zenkei Blanche Hartman
    • edited by
    • Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
    Zenkei Blanche Hartman is an American Zen legend. A teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, she was the first female abbot of an American Zen center. She is greatly revered, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has lived and taught for many years. This, her long-awaited first book, is a collection of short teachings taken from her talks on the… Read More

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  4. Mente Zen, mente de principiante (Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind)

    Mente Zen, mente de principiante (Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind)

    • by
    • Shunryu Suzuki
    En los más de cuarenta años que han transcurrido desde su publicación original, Mente Zen, mente de principiante se ha convertido en uno de los grandes clásicos de la espiritualidad moderna, muy querido, continuamente releído y profusamente recomendado como el mejor libro que se puede leer sobre el Zen. Suzuki Roshi presenta las bases —desde los detalles de la postura y la respiración en zazen hasta la percepción de la… Read More

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  5. Nothing Holy about It

    Nothing Holy about It

    The Zen of Being Just Who You Are

    • by
    • Tim Burkett
    According to legend, when the founder of Zen Buddhism was asked about the main principle of his holy teaching, he replied that there was “nothing holy about it!” Now, a millennium and a half later, Tim Burkett reveals how and why the wisdom of nonholiness is the key to a joyful heart. You don’t need to go looking for something sacred—the happiness you seek is right where you are. In… Read More

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  6. Just This Is It

    Just This Is It

    Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness

    • by
    • Taigen Dan Leighton
    The joy of “suchness”—the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearance—shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism (the predecessor of Sōtō Zen). Taigen Dan Leighton looks at the teachings attributed to Dongshan—in his Recorded Sayings and in the numerous koans in which he is featured as a character—to reveal the subtlety and depth of the teaching on… Read More

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  7. 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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  8. The Authentic Life

    The Authentic Life

    Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear

    • by
    • Ezra Bayda
    Ever feel like your efforts to live a life of wisdom, honesty, and compassion are hijacked by, well, life? Take heart. Ezra Bayda has good news: life’s challenges aren’t obstacles to our path—they are the path. Understanding that liberates us to use every aspect of what life presents us with as a way to live with integrity and authenticity—and joy. In this, as in all his books, Ezra’s… Read More

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  9. Buddha's Daughters

    Buddha's Daughters

    Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West

    • edited by
    • Andrea Miller,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    Buddhism began to take root in the West at just the same time that women’s voices were arising to find expression here—after millennia of being relegated to the background. If that was a coincidence, it was an auspicious one, for the women who emerged as Buddhist teachers have been among the most articulate of Dharma-communicators—and they remain an indelible feature of Western Buddhism as the practice matures here. The… Read More

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  10. Most Intimate

    Most Intimate

    A Zen Approach to Life's Challenges

    • by
    • Pat Enkyo O'Hara
    For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level—the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest… Read More

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