Classics of Buddhism and Zen

Classics of Buddhism and Zen

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Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Volume One
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Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Volume Two
 - Paperback
Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Volume Three
 - Paperback
Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Volume Four
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Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Volume Five
 - Paperback

This five-volume collection of essential Zen and early Buddhist texts from esteemed translator Thomas Cleary offers a window into the heart of the tradition. Each volume contains pivotal teachings drawn from centuries of Zen writing in China, Japan, and beyond.

 Volume one includes:

  • Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership, a guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority
  • Zen Essence: The Science of Freedom, open and direct instruction on the Zen canon from Chinese masters of the Tang and Song dynasties
  • The Five Houses of Zen, wide-ranging teachings from the early Chinese masters
  • Minding Mind: A Course in Basic Meditation, on attaining a state of true objectivity in meditation
  • Instant Zen, the teachings of Foyan

 Volume two includes:

  • Teachings of Zen, an anthology of talks, sayings, and heart-to-heart encounters with Zen masters
  • The Zen Reader, a collection of quotations on the practicalities of Zen realization
  • Zen Letters: Teachings of Yuanwu, direct and personal lessons on the psychology of enlightenment from Chinese master Yuanwu
  • Shobogenzo: Zen Essays by Dogen, one of Japanese Zen’s great masterworks
  • The Ecstasy of Enlightenment, on connections between early tantric Buddhism and original Zen Buddhism in China

 Volume three includes:

  • The Sutra of Hui-neng: Grand Master of Zen, teachings from one of Chinese Zen’s great patriarchs that includes his renowned commentaries on the Diamond Sutra
  • Dream Conversations on Buddhism and Zen, responses by Japanese masters to questions about the true nature of Zen
  • Kensho: The Heart of Zen, key texts on the essence of Zen awakening and methods used toward its realization
  • Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji, selections from Dogen’s great works Shobogenzo and Eihei Koruko with Thomas Cleary’s extensive commentaries
  • Zen and the Art of Insight, key selections from the Prajnaparamita literature with commentary

 Volume four includes:

  • Transmission of Light: Zen in the Art of Enlightenment, the first complete modern translation of the classic Denkoroku
  • Unlocking the Zen Koan, the Wumenguan with commentary by great Chinese masters
  • Original Face: An Anthology of Rinzai Zen, teachings from Japanese Rinzai Zen teachers from the thirteenth to eighteenth centuries
  • Zen Antics: 100 Stories of Enlightenment, simple but profound stories of Zen masters
  • Record of Things Heart: From the Treasury of the Eye of True Teaching, a collection of talks by Japanese Zen Master Dogen
  • Sleepless Nights: Verses for the Wakeful, secular Zen poetry that parodies the folly of tyrants and celebrates the indomitability of life

 Volume five includes:

  • Dhammapada: The Sayings of Buddha, an early and profoundly influential text from the Buddhist canon that is of vital significance to the Zen tradition and all Buddhist traditions
  • The Buddhist I Ching, a full-length interpretation of the classic I Ching by a Chinese Buddhist master
  • Stopping and Seeing: A Comprehensive Course in Buddhist Meditation, sixth-century Buddhist master Chi-I on the essential points of Buddhist meditation
  • Entry into the Inconceivable: An Introduction to Hua-yen Buddhism, on the philosophy of the highly influential Hua-yen school of Buddhism
  • Buddhist Yoga: A Comprehensive Course, Cleary’s landmark translation of the Sandhinirmochana-sutra on Buddhist yoga
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