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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. Cave of Tigers

    Cave of Tigers

    The Living Zen Practice of Dharma Combat

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    • John Daido Loori
    Dharma combat is a practice form unique to Zen in which student and teacher confront each other before a live audience, so to speak. The Zen master takes a seat at the front of the meditation hall and is approached by students, one by one, who challenge the master with questions. The Zen master challenges them in return, and the pithy, energetic exchanges become a teaching for all involved.Cave of… Read More

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  2. Hearing with the Eye

    Hearing with the Eye

    Photographs from Point Lobos

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    • John Daido Loori
    These magical photographs of ordinary land- and waterscapes all share a mysterious quality of presence that calls into question any distinction we might make between ourselves and the natural world. They thus represent the renowned nature photographer–Zen master’s teaching on the interconnectedness of all things. The sixty-one astonishingly beautiful color images are accompanied by John Daido Loori’s commentary on a text by the most famous of all historic Zen masters,… Read More

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  3. Zen Enlightenment

    Zen Enlightenment

    Origins and Meaning

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    • Heinrich Dumoulin
    Enlightenment, the cosmic experience of universal unity, is a notoriously elusive concept in Zen. Here, the renowned scholar Heinrich Dumoulin traces the development of Zen and the concept of enlightenment from its origins in India through its development in China to its fruition in Japan. Delineating the Buddhist origins, as well as the Taoist and yogic influences, he traces the historical path Zen has followed, with special emphasis given to… Read More

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  4. Zen Is Right Here

    Zen Is Right Here

    Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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    • Shunryu Suzuki
    • edited by
    • David Chadwick
    Shunryu Suzuki’s extraordinary gift for conveying traditional Zen teachings using ordinary language is well known to the countless readers of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. In Zen Is Right Here, his teachings are brought to life powerfully and directly through stories told about him by his students. These living encounters with Zen are poignant, direct, humorous, paradoxical, and enlightening; and their setting in real-life contexts makes them wonderfully accessible. Like the… Read More

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  5. Teachings of the Earth

    Teachings of the Earth

    Zen and the Environment

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    • John Daido Loori
    According to Zen teaching, everything in the universe exists interdependently, so valuing the welfare of one being over another, or of humans over the planet, makes no sense at all. This teaching, which can empower us to care passionately about the earth and its future, is not only a Zen principle, it’s something that comes up for anyone who carefully investigates the nature of reality. It’s a lesson found everywhere… Read More

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  6. Finding the Still Point

    Finding the Still Point

    A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation

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    • John Daido Loori
    Through Zen meditation it is possible to find stillness of mind, even amidst our everyday activities—and this practical book-and-CD set reveals how. John Daido Loori, one of America's leading Zen teachers, offers everything needed to begin a meditation practice. He covers the basics of where to sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair), how to posture the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to discover… Read More

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  7. Untrain Your Parrot

    Untrain Your Parrot

    And Other No-Nonsense Instructions on the Path of Zen

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    • Elizabeth Hamilton
    This book offers exercises, instructions, jokes, stories, pithy quotes, and—most of all—encouragement to anyone interested in exploring Zen but who may find traditional presentations severe or intimidating. Hamilton writes with an easygoing, friendly style that invites readers of all backgrounds to sit down and give meditation a try. But don’t be fooled by her puns and checklists—this is serious Zen. Drawing on three decades of experience as a Zen… Read More

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  8. Invoking Reality

    Invoking Reality

    Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen

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    • 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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  9. Enso

    Enso

    Zen Circles of Enlightenment

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    • 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. 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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