Zen Essence

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829274
Category: Religion
Page: 136
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Drawn from the records of Chinese Zen masters of the Tang and Song dynasties, this collection may surprise some readers. In contrast to the popular image of Zen as an authoritarian, monastic tradition deeply rooted in Asian culture, these passages portray Zen as remarkably flexible, adaptive to contemporary and individual needs, and transcending cultural boundaries. The readings contained in Zen Essence emphasize that the practice of Zen requires consciousness alone and does not depend on a background in Zen Buddhism and Asian culture. The true essence of Zen resides in the relationship between mind and culture, whatever that culture might be. This unique collection of writings creates a picture of Zen not as a religion or philosophy, but as a practical science of freedom.

Classics of Buddhism and Zen: Zen lessons. Zen essence. The five houses of Zen. Minding mind. Instant Zen

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781570628313
Category: Buddhism
Page: 608
View: 6113
Presents instructions, meditation guides, quotations, letters, essays, dialogues, and other writings by Zen masters over the centuries that were translated and published over a period of thirty years.

The Undying Lamp of Zen

The Testament of Zen Master Torei
Author: Torei Enji
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823136
Category: Religion
Page: 160
View: 4993
The Undying Lamp of Zen is a pure and powerful distillation of Zen doctrine and practice written by Torei Enji (1721–1792), a Zen master and artist. Torei was best known as one of two "genius assistants" to Hakuin Ekaku, a towering figure in Zen Buddhism who revitalized the Rinzai school, which focuses on koan practice. Torei was responsible for much of the advanced work of Hakuin’s later disciples and also helped systemize Hakuin’s Zen teachings. The Undying Lamp of Zen includes a range of principles and practices, from the most elementary to the most advanced. It is an indispensable aid to the practice of Rinzai Zen, while also providing tested traditional techniques for public access to Zen experience. Premier translator Thomas Cleary provides a thorough introduction and illuminating footnotes throughout, and his masterful translation lets Torei’s distinctive voice shine through; Torei is energetic, no-nonsense, and full of personality. No other English translations of this classic are available and Zen aficionados will want to add this to their collection.

The Essence of Zen

The Teachings of Sekkei Harada
Author: Sekkei Harada,Daigaku Rumme
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861718445
Category: Religion
Page: 176
View: 8863
The Essence of Zen is an expert's guided tour of the ins and outs of the tradition's approach to meditation, enlightenment, and the oneness of all things. To read it is to enter into one of modern Japanese Zen's most subtle and sophisticated minds. Sekkei Harada skillfully pushes us to drop those parts of ourselves that grasp and make demands regarding our understanding or progress in meditation practice. He enables us to see clearly-and steer clear of-the philosophical stumbling blocks that can make the path precarious. The Essence of Zen represents the most succinct of his teachings, making it of immediate value to anyone with an interest in Zen. The book also contains Harada's explanations of the differences between the tradition's primary schools, making it particularly helpful to newcomers.

Zen in Plain English: Experience the Essence of Zen

Author: Stephan Schuhmacher
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
ISBN: 1780283709
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 6886
This book coaxes the reader into a direct encounter with the life-changing perceptions of the Zen mind. Building on the discoveries of the formative teachers - from the quest of enlightenment of the historical Buddha to the 'crazy wisdom' of the Chinese patriarchs who gave Zen its unique and unsettling flavour - the author points to the essentials of Zen. The book does not 'talk about' Zen it is Zen from a completely new and refreshing perspective.

The Power of Zen Meditation

Ten Spiritual Dialogues with Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Author: Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1982210281
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 226
View: 3724
If you’re reading this, it’s no accident: It’s time to enjoy some serious Zen enlightenment! There’s no one better to guide you than Dharma Master Hsin Tao, whose very name (“Hsin” means “heart” and “Tao” means “path”) signals what to expect from the spiritual journey you’ll embark on with this book. The contemporary spiritual master delivers a message of “Three Yanas (vehicles), One Dharma.” In doing so, he answers questions such as: • What is the essence of Zen? • What is the wisdom of the Buddha? • How can Zen meditation help you find your true nature of mind? • What are the four stages of developing a modern-day Dharma practice? • How can you feel and develop the power of Zen? In ten spiritual dialogues, the author shares practical advice, Zen techniques, guided meditations, stories, koans, and other gems of wisdom that will guide you through the inner and outer worlds. Bring clarity to your mind, gain a true sense of inner sacredness, and embrace boundless love and profound peace with The Power of Zen Meditation

One Essence: The Nondual Clarity of an Ancient Zen Poem

Author: Robert Wolfe
Publisher: Karina Library
ISBN: 0982449178
Category: Philosophy
Page: 126
View: 7041
"One Essence" is a modern commentary on the nondual teachings of a classical Zen text. It is also a collection of Zen wisdom and poetry, containing the 67 stanzas of the Hsin Hsin Ming (with multiple alternative translations), plus many other succinct spiritual verses from ancient and contemporary Zen sources. The concise, powerful verses of the Hsin Hsin Ming have been translated repeatedly over the ages, and been the subject of many commentaries in the attempt to understand its simplicity and subtlety. Here, Robert Wolfe, the author of "Living Nonduality: Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization" provides a modern, nondual look at this ancient Zen-Taoist poem. All thirty of its quatrains are provided along with a contemporary nondual interpretation as well as selections from other Zen and Taoist teaching poems. Also included is a short story by Robert Wolfe, "In Death as in Life," envisioning the last days of the Buddha and his nondual teachings. According to Robert Wolfe, "One Essence" represents his best essential summary of the nondual perception. "In this day, when the teachings of nonduality are being scrutinized by a growing public, the Hsin Hsin Ming again casts its reflective light on another generation privileged to contemplate its clarity and directness." (from the Introduction by the author.) From Chapter 16 of One Essence, a verse from the Hsin Hsin Ming: "The all contains each, And each is the essence of the all. To live in this understanding Is the essence of the Tao."

The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism

Understanding the Ecstasy of Enlightenment
Author: N.A
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 1609259637
Category: Religion
Page: 256
View: 5779
Unlocking the secrets of Tantra—one of the most alluring forms of Buddhism Often misunderstood, Tantrism focuses on a particular style of meditation and ritual. Having far more to do with the sacred than the sexual, Tantric Buddhism is believed to have originated around the 5th Century AD in the rich cultural basin of Bengal and spread throughout the Asian world. Today it is widely practiced in Tibet, Japan, and the West. The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism presents accessible translations of 46 classic texts found in the Carya-Giti, a collection of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of the 10th and 11th centuries. Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them seem fresh and contemporary. These teachings emanate from one of the most dynamic sources of Buddhism, at the height of its religious development. They are completely nonsectarian and will be greeted enthusiastically by those interested in spirituality, world religions, and classic Buddhism.

Appreciate Your Life

The Essence of Zen Practice
Author: Taizan Maezumi
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828197
Category: Religion
Page: 160
View: 824
Here is the first major collection of the teachings of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the first Japanese Zen masters to bring Zen to the West and founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild, California. These short, inspiring readings illuminate Zen practice in simple, eloquent language. Topics include zazen and Zen koans, how to appreciate your life as the life of the Buddha, and the essential matter of life and death. Appreciate Your Life conveys Maezumi Roshi's unique spirit and teaching style, as well as his timeless insights into the practice of Zen. Never satisfied with merely conveying ideas, his teisho, the Zen talks he gave weekly and during retreats, evoked personal questions from his students. Maezumi Roshi insisted that his students address these questions in their own lives. As he often said, "Be intimate with your life." The readings are not teachings or instructions in the traditional sense. They are transcriptions of the master's teisho, living presentations of his direct experience of Zen realization. These teisho are crystalline offerings of Zen insight intended to reach beyond the student's intellect to her or his deepest essence.

The Essence of Zen

Author: Sangharakshita
Publisher: Windhorse Publications (UK)
ISBN: 9780904766547
Category: Zen Buddhism
Page: 79
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The essence of Zen

Zen Buddhism for every day and every moment
Author: Mark Levon Byrne
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780760731758
Category: Philosophy
Page: 79
View: 8971

The Poetry of Zen

Author: N.A
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825086
Category: Poetry
Page: 208
View: 7946
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 of America’s most renowned poets and translators provide an overview of Zen poetry from China and Japan in all its rich variety, from the earliest days to the twentieth century. Included are works by Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Li Po, Dogen Kigen, Saigyo, Basho, Chiao Jan, Yuan Mei, Ryokan, and many others. Hamill and Seaton provide illuminating introductions to the Chinese and Japanese sections that set the poets and their work in historical and philosophical context. Short biographies of the poets are also included.

The Essence of Zen

An Anthology of Quotations
Author: Maggie Pinkney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781741247626
Category: Zen Buddhism
Page: 192
View: 9280
The inspirational thoughts contained in this book will help you see life through 'Zen eyes', freeing you from fruitless regrets, desires and anxieties - and helping you appreciate every moment of your life on earth.


Zen Action Paper
Author: Thomas P. Kasulis
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824810238
Category: Philosophy
Page: 177
View: 8187
"For the thoughtful Westerner this must be one of the most clear and perceptive accounts of Zen available. Thoroughly new is Kasulis' attempt to locate the Zen understanding of the person in secular Japanese assumptions." --Times Literary Supplement

Mind Only

Essence of Zen
Author: Chris Verebes
Publisher: Hollym International
ISBN: 9781565911796
Category: Philosophy
Page: 183
View: 9010
Mind Only: Essence of Zen combines beautiful photographic images of historic Korean temples with selected teachings, aphorisms and poems of renowned Zen masters. The provocative and insightful sayings of these great teachers provide fresh and original material for those seeking to deepen their understanding of Zen. The end result is a book that presents a truthful and authentic portrait of the Korean Zen tradition.

Instant Zen

Waking Up in the Present
Author: Chʻing-yüan,Qingyuan
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1556431937
Category: Religion
Page: 137
View: 3968
This first English translation of a great Zen master's work introduces the liberating force of Zen practice in everyday experience. Demonstrating how the words of Ch'an Master Foyen apply to contemporary life, Instant Zen introduces the teachings of the 11th-century master in clear, practical language.

Reinventing the Meal

How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
Author: Pavel G Somov
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 160882103X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 216
View: 2577
There’s nothing quite like a hot, soothing bowl of soup. It’s a leisurely meal—a purposeful one that offers pause for reflection between every savory spoonful. What if you approached every meal as if it were that delicious bowl of soup? In Reinventing the Meal, you’ll learn how to reconnect with your body, mind, and world with a three-course approach to mindful eating. Inside, you’ll find mindfulness exercises to help you slow down and enjoy your food, pattern-interruption meditations to infuse presence into your eating life, and unique stress management tips to prevent emotional overeating. In addition, you’ll discover a wealth of philosophical perspectives that will inspire you to focus on the quality of your eating experience, rather than on the quantity of what you eat. Designed to help you embrace the ritual of eating (and discover the power of mindful meditation in the process), this book will ultimately change the way you view your meals—as not only sustenance for the body, but for the soul as well.

Zen and the Art of Calligraphy

The Essence of Sho
Author: N.A
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780710092847
Category: Calligraphy, Japanese
Page: 115
View: 3656

Zen in Plain English

Experience the Essence of Zen
Author: Stephan Schuhmacher
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
ISBN: 9781906787301
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 2864
In one of the very best introductions to Zen, a long-time practitioner coaxes readers into a direct encounter with the life-changing perceptions of the Zen mind. The essence of Zen is simplicity—a much-needed quality in our increasingly complicated world—and no book presents Zen more simply and accessibly than this one. It shows us how Zen answers life’s eternal questions by breaking the bonds of verbal reasoning to attain a wisdom that lies beyond words.

Story of Chinese Zen

Author: Nan Huai-Chin
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462901174
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
View: 6549
The development of Zen in China is really the story of the flourishing of Chinese philosophy, arts and literature beginning as far back as the Han Dynasty and earlier. Master Nan Huai-Chin offers an engaging chronicle of both in this groundbreaking work. The Story of Chinese Zen begins with the premise that the climate during Shakyamuni's founding of Buddhism in India ultimately influence the differences behind Hinayana and Mahayana thought, practice, and methods of seeking enlightenment. From there—beginning with its transmission to China—Master Nan outlines the Zen School, exploring influences on the development of Zen before the early Tang Dynasty, different meanings of studying Zen and pursuing the heart and goal of Zen." He explores the relationship between Zen and new-Confucianism and the inseparability of religion and Zen from Chinese literature and philosophy, especially Taoism. Born in Zhejiang province, China in 1918, Nan Huai-Chin has studied under thirty-two major Taoist and Buddhist masters, including the masters of the Esoteric School of Buddhism in Tibet, from whom he received the title of Esoteric Master. He has published over thirty books and is widely recognized as one of the foremost scholars on Zen and Taoism.