The Essence of Zen

Author: Sekkei Harada
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861718445
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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.

The Essence of Zen

Author: Sekkei Harada
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861715330
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Sekkei Harada is of automatic interest to anyone with an interest in modern Zen history. Like such big Zen names as Seung Sahn and Taizan Maezumi, he's very no-nonsense and gets right to the matter. Harada's specialization, captured here, is in treating our "Zen sickness," pushing us to drop those parts of ourselves that grasp and make demands regarding our understanding or progress in Zen practice. He also explains the differences between Zen's primary schools, helping newer practitioners find their way.

Unfathomable Depths

Author: Sekkei Harada
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614291039
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Navigate a forgotten classic poem and enrich your practice with famed Zen master Sekkei Harada. Three of the most pressing issues in any discussion of modern Zen are the true nature and function of Dharma transmission, how to appropriately practice with koans, and how to understand the "just sitting" of Soto Zen. Zen master Sekkei Harada uses the enigmatic "Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth" as the basis of his practical and theoretical discussion of these concerns. Unfathomable Depths presents a concise treatment of Soto theory and practice, while delivering approachable and workable advice from one of Zen's most esteemed teachers. Rooting himself in Tong'an Changcha's classical poem, Harada intimately speaks to the world of Zen today.

The Essence of Zen

Author: Sekkei Harada
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
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As a religion and a spiritual practice, Zen has always been shrouded to somextent in mystery, the source, in fact, of a great deal of its charm andppeal. Mysteriousness, however, can also give the impression ofmpenetrability.;It is precisely this danger that led Sekkei Harada, one ofhe foremost masters of the Soto sect in Japan, to give the lectures thatomprise this book. In them, he clarifies points that seem to appear asbstacles to many non-Japanese aspirants, removes barriers to thenderstanding of Zen theory, and puts into perspective the Buddhist thoughthat underlies Zen practice.

Idiot s Guides Zen Living

Author: Domyo Sater Burk
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1615644326
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In today's harried, ultra-connected, technology-laden society, it's easy to become overwhelmed. The term "zen" is used freely by those seeking to calm and simplify their lives. But to truly reap the benefits of Zen, one must understand what it is and how to change his or her thinking and actions to achieve it. Zen monk and sensei Domyo Burk shows readers how to get started on the path to enlightenment and peace, regardless of cultural or religious affiliations. In this book, readers get: - An introduction to what Zen is-and what it isn't. - A foundation for how to get started in Zen practice. - Explanations of the essential teachings of Zen and how they can free readers from the dissatisfaction that is inherent in modern life and improve mental and physical health. - Step-by-step instructions for engaging in Zazen meditation. - Guidance on increasing mindfulness, seeking clarity and enlightenment, and living by the Zen moral code. - Tips for maintaining daily Zen practice, using it to deal with difficult and painful situations, and mastering the art of living.

Inside the Grass Hut

Author: Ben Connelly
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614291446
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Enter the mind and practice of Zen: apply the insights of one of Zen's classic poems to your life--here and now. Destined to become a trusted, dog-eared companion. Shitou Xiqian’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage” is a remarkably accessible work of profound depth; in thirty-two lines Shitou expresses the breadth of the entire Buddhist tradition with simple, vivid imagery. Ben Connelly’s Inside the Grass Hut unpacks the timeless poem and applies it to contemporary life. His book delivers a wealth of information on the context and content of this eighth-century work, as well as directly evokes the poem’s themes of simple living, calm, and a deep sense of connection to all things. Each pithy chapter focuses on a single line of the poem, letting the reader immerse himself thoroughly in each line and then come up for air before moving on to the next. Line by line, Connelly shows how the poem draws on and expresses elements from the thousand years of Buddhist thought that preceded it, expands on the poem’s depiction of a life of simple practice in nature, and tells stories of the way these teachings manifest in modern life. Connelly, like Shitou before him, proves himself adept at taking profound and complex themes from Zen and laying them out in a practical and understandable way. Eminently readable, thoroughly illuminating, Inside the Grass Hut shows the reader a path of wholehearted engagement—with the poem, and with the world. Destined to become a trusted, dog-eared companion.

Food for the Heart

Author: Chah
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719743
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Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many American and European seekers, and helped shape the American Vipassana community. This collection brings together for the first time Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings, including those on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment and the 'living dhamma'. Most of these talks have previously only been available in limited, private editions and the publication of Food for the Heart therefore represents a momentous occasion: the hugely increased accessibility of his words and wisdom. Western teachers such as Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can experience them directly in this book.

Only Don t Know

Author: Seung Sahn
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1570624321
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Here is the inimitable Zen Master Seung Sahn up close and personal—in selections from the correspondence that was one of his primary modes of teaching. Seung Sahn received hundreds of letters per month, each of which he answered personally, and some of the best of which are included here. His frank and funny style, familiar to readers of Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, is seen here in a most intimate form. The beloved Zen master not only answers questions on Zen teaching and practice, but applies an enlightened approach to problems with work, relationships, suffering, and the teacher-student relationship.

Opening the Hand of Thought

Author: Kosho Uchiyama
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719778
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For over thirty years, Opening the Hand of Thought has offered an introduction to Zen Buddhism and meditation unmatched in clarity and power. This is the revised edition of Kosho Uchiyama's singularly incisive classic. This new edition contains even more useful material: new prefaces, an index, and extended endnotes, in addition to a revised glossary. As Jisho Warner writes in her preface, Opening the Hand of Thought "goes directly to the heart of Zen practice... showing how Zen Buddhism can be a deep and life-sustaining activity." She goes on to say, "Uchiyama looks at what a person is, what a self is, how to develop a true self not separate from all things, one that can settle in peace in the midst of life." By turns humorous, philosophical, and personal, Opening the Hand of Thought is above all a great book for the Buddhist practitioner. It's a perfect follow-up for the reader who has read Zen Meditation in Plain English and is especially useful for those who have not yet encountered a Zen teacher.