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The Three Pillars of Zen

The Three Pillars of Zen Author Roshi P. Kapleau
ISBN-10 9780307763570
Release 2013-12-18
Pages 480
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In this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen—teaching, practice, and enlightenment—Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives readers invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices. Revised and updated, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who succeeded Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center. A moving, eye-opening work, The Three Pillars of Zen is the definitive introduction to the history and discipline of Zen.


Zen Author Philip Kapleau
ISBN-10 0385142749
Release 1980-02
Pages 311
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Believing that Buddhist teachings and traditional ceremonies should be adapted to twentieth-century life styles, Kapleau presents an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Zen written especially for American readers

Zen Enlightenment

Zen Enlightenment Author Heinrich Dumoulin
ISBN-10 9781590305294
Release 2007
Pages 175
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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 the development of koan practice and the writings of the great Japanese Zen master Dogen (1200–1253). He then brings the experience to life by presenting, in his own words, the enlightenment experiences of a number of contemporary practitioners of Zen.

Appreciate Your Life

Appreciate Your Life Author Taizan Maezumi
ISBN-10 9780834828193
Release 2002-06-11
Pages 160
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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 Zen of Living and Dying

The Zen of Living and Dying Author Philip Kapleau
ISBN-10 9780834800090
Release 1998-04-14
Pages 304
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To live life fully and die serenely—surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined. Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society. Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.

Zen Training

Zen Training Author Katsuki Sekida
ISBN-10 9780834825833
Release 2005-09-13
Pages 264
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Zen Training is a comprehensive handbook for zazen, seated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path. The book marked a turning point in Zen literature in its critical reevaluation of the enlightenment experience, which the author believes has often been emphasized at the expense of other important aspects of Zen training. In addition, Zen Training goes beyond the first flashes of enlightenment to explore how one lives as well as trains in Zen. The author also draws many significant parallels between Zen and Western philosophy and psychology, comparing traditional Zen concepts with the theories of being and cognition of such thinkers as Heidegger and Husserl.

Straight to the Heart of Zen

Straight to the Heart of Zen Author Philip Kapleau
ISBN-10 IND:30000078572256
Release 2001
Pages 173
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Brer Rabbit will never learn! He loves to play jokes, tricks and set traps for his friends - but once in a while, they beat him at his own game! These timeless stories of the briar patch trickster are re-told in Blyton's hugely popular and successful style. This collection contains many Brer Rabbit stories from the books Enid Blyton's Brer Rabbit Book, Brer Rabbit Again and Brer Rabbit's a Rascal.


Zen Author Roshi P. Kapleau
ISBN-10 9780307763587
Release 2013-12-18
Pages 336
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In this companion volume to The Three Pillars of Zen, Kapleau establishes guidelines for Western practitioners of Zen Buddhism, offering appealing, simple answers to the questions Westerners most often ask. Among the topics discussed in this informative, user-friendly book: "Transcendental Meditation: Who Transcends What?", "Can I Practice Zen and Be a Good Jew (or Catholic)?", "Reading About Enlightenment Is Like Scratching an Itchy Foot Through Your Shoe," and "Meditation Is an Escape--What Are You Doing to Help Society?" Kapleau's eloquence, humor, and authority make this an indispensible handbook for understanding Zen in the Western world.

Manual of Zen Buddhism

Manual of Zen Buddhism Author Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
ISBN-10 9781465537164
Release 1935
Pages 0
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Manual of Zen Buddhism has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Manual of Zen Buddhism also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Manual of Zen Buddhism book for free.

Zen Seeds

Zen Seeds Author Shundo Aoyama
ISBN-10 4333014786
Release 1991-03-15
Pages 168
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The wisdom found on these pages is deceptively simple yet infinitely useful. Aoyama cuts though to the essence of each topic she discusses. Her immense sense of calm and tranquility is transferable to the reader due to her eloquent writing style and choice of accentuating quotes. If enlightenment could be bottled, this book would be that bottle.

The Gateless barrier

The Gateless barrier Author Zenkei Shibayama
ISBN-10 IND:30000076325897
Release 2000-12-05
Pages 384
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Includes the entire "Mumonkan," the collection of spiritual riddles used to train monks and encourage lay Buddhists in their religious development, as well as insightful commentary into the text.

Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism Author Daisetz Teitarō Suzuki
ISBN-10 9780385483490
Release 1996
Pages 294
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A highly accessible overview of Zen philosophy includes a basic historical background, a thorough overview of the techniques of Zen practice, and explanations of key concepts and terminology. Reissue.


Zen Author Yamada Koun
ISBN-10 9781614292654
Release 2015-07-14
Pages 248
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Whether a beginner or at the highest level of practice, learn Zen from one of the greatest masters of the twentieth century. Why practice Zen? What sets Zen apart from religion? What are its different practices? These questions, and more, are examined and answered by Zen Master Koun Yamada, whose Dharma heirs include Robert Aitken, Ruben Habito, and David Loy. Through compelling stories and a systematic approach, he guides the reader through creating and sustaining a lifelong practice. Warm and ecumenical in tone, Koun uses the insights of Zen to bring a deeper understanding of faith. Zen: The Authentic Gate is an easy-to-follow guide to creating an effortless and natural practice regardless of background, tradition, or religion.

Celebrating Everyday Life

Celebrating Everyday Life Author John Daido Loori
ISBN-10 1882795075
Release 1999-03-01
Pages 114
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Celebrating Everyday Life has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Celebrating Everyday Life also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Celebrating Everyday Life book for free.

The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment

The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment Author Bernie Glassman
ISBN-10 9780861718665
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 224
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The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment takes the reader to the next level of Zen practice, exploring some of the more subtle and sophisticated topics in Zen. The first two parts of the book explore enlightenment and delusion: What is nature of enlightenement? What does it mean to describe enlightenment as sudden or gradual? What is the nature of delusion, and how can watch out for the particular delusion that masquerades as enlightenment? The third part looks at "enlightenment in action"--what it means for someone to living and acting in order with the deep wisdom of enlightenment, and how we can practice learning "learning how to be satisfied" and enjoy serenity and transquility. The final section is a moving and powerful firsthand account of one woman's solitary realization of the deepest truths--a story that can become an inspiration for all of us. The contributors to this volume include some the pioneering masters who were seminal in helping Zen take firm root in American soil.

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism Author D. T. Suzuki
ISBN-10 8087888766
Release 2013-01
Pages 54
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Describe the nature, technique and practice of Zen along with stories over the logic bounds power.

Spitting Out the Bones

Spitting Out the Bones Author Dennis Genpo Merzel
ISBN-10 0977142396
Release 2016-11-15
Pages 208
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You have to swallow the whole fish, Zen Master Taizan Maezumi told his students, and then spit out the bones. First absorb the tradition, endure the hardships of Zen training, then you can spend the rest of your life separating the real treasure from the baggage it came in, learning what you can let go of and what is truly yours. "Spitting Out the Bones" is American Zen Master Genpo Merzel s story of his exhilarating and humbling journey, including the last five years rising from the ashes of his very public fall from grace, and a candid exploration of the challenge of bringing the essence of the great tradition he inherited to life in the West."