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.

The Undying Lamp of Zen

The Testament of Zen Master Torei
Author: Torei Enji
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823136
Category: Religion
Page: 160
View: 6355
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: 7615
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.

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: 8788
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.

Zen in Plain English: Experience the Essence of Zen

Author: Stephan Schuhmacher
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
ISBN: 1780283709
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 3850
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: 4637
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

Zen Rebellen, Radikale und Reformer

Author: Manfred B. Steger,Perle Bessermann
Publisher: Aurum Verlag
ISBN: 3899015622
Category: Religion
Page: 272
View: 2906
Ihre Lebenswege und Lehrstile waren unkonventionell, ihre Methoden ungewöhnlich, ihre Einstellung zu Frauen frei und undogmatisch. Mit ihrem politischen Engagement und dem kritischen Umgang mit Autoritäten und Traditionen waren sie ihren Zeitgenossen suspekt. Die Rebellen des Zen sind heute für viele spirituell Suchende Helden. Acht der kreativen, oftmals exzentrischen Zen-Reformer werden in dieser erweiterten Neuauflage vorgestellt: als Archetypen des ungebundenen freien Zen-Geistes und als Brücke zu einer modernen, ganzheitlichen Praxis. Wer nach einem hierarchiefreien Modell spiritueller Partnerschaft - einem wahren "Graswurzel-Zen" - sucht, findet hier garantiert seinen Meister.

One Essence: The Nondual Clarity of an Ancient Zen Poem

Author: Robert Wolfe
Publisher: Karina Library
ISBN: 0982449178
Category: Philosophy
Page: 126
View: 7715
"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 Poetry of Zen

Author: N.A
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825086
Category: Poetry
Page: 208
View: 4821
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.


Zen Action Paper
Author: Thomas P. Kasulis
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824810238
Category: Philosophy
Page: 177
View: 9204
"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

Instant Zen

Waking Up in the Present
Author: Chʻing-yüan,Qingyuan
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1556431937
Category: Religion
Page: 137
View: 9706
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: 5732
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.

Story of Chinese Zen

Author: Nan Huai-Chin
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462901174
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
View: 4378
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.

Selfless Insight

Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness
Author: James H. Austin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262260360
Category: Religion
Page: 368
View: 5213
When neurology researcher James Austin began Zen training, he found that his medical education was inadequate. During the past three decades, he has been at the cutting edge of both Zen and neuroscience, constantly discovering new examples of how these two large fields each illuminate the other. Now, in Selfless Insight, Austin arrives at a fresh synthesis, one that invokes the latest brain research to explain the basis for meditative states and clarifies what Zen awakening implies for our understanding of consciousness. Austin, author of the widely read Zen and the Brain, reminds us why Zen meditation is not only mindfully attentive but evolves to become increasingly selfless and intuitive. Meditators are gradually learning how to replace over-emotionality with calm, clear objective comprehension. In this new book, Austin discusses how meditation trains our attention, reprogramming it toward subtle forms of awareness that are more openly mindful. He explains how our maladaptive notions of self are rooted in interactive brain functions. And he describes how, after the extraordinary, deep states of kensho-satori strike off the roots of the self, a flash of transforming insight-wisdom leads toward ways of living more harmoniously and selflessly. Selfless Insight is the capstone to Austin's journey both as a creative neuroscientist and as a Zen practitioner. His quest has spanned an era of unprecedented progress in brain research and has helped define the exciting new field of contemplative neuroscience.

The Sutra of Hui-neng, Grand Master of Zen

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834825414
Category: Religion
Page: 176
View: 7792
Hui-neng (638–713) is perhaps the most beloved and respected figure in Zen Buddhism. An illiterate woodcutter who attained enlightenment in a flash, he became the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen, and is regarded as the founder of the "Sudden Enlightenment" school. He is the supreme exemplar of the fact that neither education nor social background has any bearing on the attainment of enlightenment. This collection of his talks, also known as the Platform or Altar Sutra, is the only Zen record of its kind to be generally honored with the appellation sutra, or scripture. The Sutra of Hui-neng is here accompanied by Hui-neng's verse-by-verse commentary on the Diamond Sutra—in its very first published English translation ever.

The Essence of Zen

Author: Sangharakshita
Publisher: Windhorse Publications
ISBN: 9780904766912
Category: Philosophy
Page: 54
View: 2725
Drawing on his knowledge and long practice of Buddhism, the author reflects on four lines representing fundamental principles of the Zen or Ch'an school of Buddhism: A special transmission outside the scriptures, No dependence on words and letters, Direct pointing to the mind, and Seeing into one's own nature and realizing Buddhahood. He sets out to communicate the essence of each, and to indicate how its meaning can be applied to Western conditions.

The Book of Equanimity

Illuminating Classic Zen Koans
Author: Gerry Shishin Wick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 086171802X
Category: Religion
Page: 320
View: 8369
The Book of Equanimity contains the first-ever complete English language commentary on one of the most beloved classic collections of Zen teaching stories (koans), making them vividly relevant to spiritual seekers and Zen students in the twenty-first century. Continually emphasizing koans as effective tools to discover and experience the deepest truths of our being, Wick brings the art of the koan to life for those who want to practice wisdom in their daily lives. The koan collection Wick explores here is highly esteemed as both literature and training material in the Zen tradition, in which koan-study is one of two paths a practitioner might take. This collection is used for training in many Zen centers in the Americas and in Europe but has never before been available with commentary from a contemporary Zen master. Wick's Book of Equanimity includes new translations of the preface, main case and verse for each koan, and modern commentaries on the koans by Wick himself.

Chan Insights and Oversights

An Epistemological Critique of the Chan Tradition
Author: Bernard Faure
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691029023
Category: Religion
Page: 322
View: 570
Suzuki, Faure demonstrates how both West and East have come to overlook significant components of a complex and elusive tradition.".

Appreciate Your Life

The Essence of Zen Practice
Author: Taizan Maezumi
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828197
Category: Religion
Page: 160
View: 9903
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.

Open to Desire

The Truth About What the Buddha Taught
Author: Mark Epstein
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101216670
Category: Psychology
Page: 240
View: 4509
“A masterpiece. . . . It teaches us how not to fear and repress, but to rechannel and harness the most powerful energies of life toward freedom and bliss.” —ROBERT THURMAN It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as if it is the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding.In his controversial defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world. Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to Desire begins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desire’s spiritual potential can then be opened up.