Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal

Over the process nineteen essays, Alan Watts ruminates at the philosophy of nature, ecology, aesthetics, faith, and metaphysics. Assembled within the kind of a “mountain journal,” written in the course of a retreat within the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, CA, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown is Watts’s meditation at the artwork of feeling out and following the watercourse means of nature, identified in chinese language because the Tao. Embracing a sort of contemplative meditation that permits us to prevent interpreting our studies and begin dwelling in to them, the publication explores subject matters equivalent to the flora and fauna, demonstrated faith, race family, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, the character of ecstasy, and masses extra.

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Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection

By John Daido Loori

The Zen culture has simply major meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided via the strong Zen instructing tales referred to as koans. Following within the culture of The artwork of simply Sitting (endorsed as a "A booklet we now have wanted for an extended, lengthy time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the delicate perform of koan research from many alternative issues of view.

Includes writings by:

  • Robert Aitken
  • William Bodiford
  • Robert Buswell
  • Roko Sherry Chayat
  • Francis Dojun Cook
  • Eihei Dogen
  • Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Hakuin Ekaku
  • Victor Sogen Hori
  • Keizan Jokin
  • Philip Kapleau
  • Chung-fen Ming-Pen
  • Taizan Maezumi
  • Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • Soen Nakagawa
  • Ruth Fuller Sasaki
  • Sokei-an Sasaki
  • Nyogen Senzaki
  • Zenkei Shibayama
  • Eido Shimano
  • Philip Yampolsky
  • Hakuun Yasutani
  • Wayne Yokoyama
  • Katsushiro Yoshizawa

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Did Dogen Go to China?: What He Wrote and When He Wrote It

By Steven Heine

D?gen (1200-1253), the founding father of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is principally identified for introducing to eastern Buddhism some of the texts and practices that he came across in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China via a severe examine conventional resources either by way of and approximately D?gen in gentle of modern jap scholarship. whereas many stories emphasize the original positive aspects of D?gen's jap impacts, this e-book calls consciousness to the best way chinese language and jap components have been fused in D?gen's spiritual imaginative and prescient. It finds many new fabrics and insights into Dogen's major writings, together with the a number of variations of the Sh?b?genz?, and the way and whilst this seminal textual content was once created through D?gen and used to be edited and interpreted by means of his disciples. This e-book is the end result of the author's thirty years of analysis on D?gen and offers the reader with a complete method of the master's lifestyles works and an figuring out of the general profession trajectory of 1 of crucial figures within the historical past of Buddhism and Asian spiritual thought.

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The Heart Sutra: The Womb of Buddhas

By Red Pine

The middle Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the main profound and wide-reaching effect of any textual content in Buddhism. This brief textual content covers extra of the Buddha’s teachings than the other scripture, and it does so with no being superficial or moved quickly. even supposing the unique writer is unknown, he used to be basically anyone with a deep cognizance of the Dharma.

For this new English translation, purple Pine, award-winning translator of chinese language poetry and non secular texts, has applied numerous Sanskrit and chinese language models, refining the lessons of dozens of historical lecturers along with his personal statement to supply a profound word-for-word explication. Divided into 4 components and damaged into thirty-five strains to assist you to examine or chant, and containing a word list of names, phrases, and texts, The center Sutra is a smart e-book of deep instructing destined to develop into the traditional version of this undying assertion of Mahayana fact.

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Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans

Zen koans are tales of exchanges among Zen masters and their disciples in the intervening time of enlightenment or near-enlightenment. those tales have lengthy interested Western readers as a result of their knowledge, humor, and enigmatic caliber. Drawing on over 30 years of perform and educating, Richard Shrobe (himself a famous Zen grasp) has chosen 22 situations from The Blue Cliff Record and Wu-men-kuan that he reveals deeply significant and invaluable for meditation perform. In Elegant Failure, he presents a wealth of history details and private anecdotes for every koan that aid to light up its which means with out detracting from its paradoxical nature. As Shrobe reminds us, "The major middle of Zen instructing is the naked bones of what's there. In a definite experience, embellishing a narrative takes clear of the significant educating: do not enhance something, simply be with it because it is."

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The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans

By Gerry Shishin Wick

The publication of Equanimity includes the first-ever entire English language statement on essentially the most loved vintage collections of Zen instructing tales (koans), making them vividly appropriate to religious seekers and Zen scholars within the twenty-first century. constantly emphasizing koans as powerful instruments to find and event the private truths of our being, Wick brings the artwork of the koan to lifestyles in the event you are looking to perform knowledge of their day-by-day lives.

The koan assortment Wick explores this is hugely esteemed as either literature and coaching fabric within the Zen culture, within which koan-study is considered one of paths a practitioner may take. This assortment is used for education in lots of Zen facilities within the Americas and in Europe yet hasn't ever earlier than been to be had with remark from a latest Zen grasp. Wick's Book of Equanimity comprises new translations of the preface, major case and verse for every koan, and glossy commentaries at the koans by way of Wick himself.

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Ironies of Oneness and Difference: Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

By Brook Ziporyn

Offering a bracing growth of horizons, this e-book monitors the unsuspected variety of human pondering at the most elementary different types of expertise. the best way early chinese language thinkers approached recommendations corresponding to one and lots of, sameness and distinction, self and different, and inner and exterior stand in stark distinction to the best way parallel thoughts entrenched in a lot of recent considering built in Greek and ecu suggestion. Brook Ziporyn lines the special and remarkable philosophical trips present in the works of the formative Confucian and Daoist thinkers again to a triumphing set of assumptions that has a tendency to work out questions of id, worth, and knowledge—the material of ontology, ethics, and epistemology in different traditions—as all eventually in terms of questions on coherence in a single shape or one other. Mere know-how of ways many alternative methods people can imagine and feature considered those different types is itself a video game changer for our personal attitudes towards what's thinkable for us. the particular inhabitation and mastery of those replacement modes of considering is a good larger event in highbrow and experiential growth.

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Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society

In Good Citizens, Thich Nhat Hanh lays out the basis for a world cohesion circulate in keeping with a shared experience of compassion, aware intake, and correct motion. Following those ideas, he believes, is the trail to global peace. The ebook relies on our elevated international interconnectedness and next desire for harmonious conversation and a shared ethic to make our more and more globalized global a extra peaceable position. The e-book can be preferred via humans of all faiths and cultural backgrounds.

While according to the fundamental Buddhist teachings of the 4 Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold course, Thich Nhat Hanh boldly leaves Buddhist phrases at the back of as he bargains his contribution to the construction of a very worldwide and nondenominational blueprint to overcoming deep-seated divisions and a imaginative and prescient of a global in concord and the maintenance of the planet.

Key themes comprise the real root reasons of discrimination; the exploration of a number of the types of violence; financial, social, and sexual violence. He encourages the reader to perform nonviolence in all day-by-day interactions, elaborates at the perform of generosity, and teaches the paintings of deep listening and loving speech to aid succeed in a compromise and reestablish conversation after misunderstandings have escalated into conflicts.

Good Citizens additionally encompasses a new wording of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings (traditionally referred to as "precepts") for lay practitioners, bringing them in accordance with modern day wishes and realities. of their new shape they're concrete and sensible guidance of moral behavior that may be authorised by way of all traditions.

Good Citizens additionally contains the entire textual content of the UN Manifesto 2000, a announcement of remodeling violence and making a tradition of peace for the good thing about the youngsters of the realm. It used to be drafted through various Peace Nobel Prize recipients and signed through over a hundred million humans worldwide.

Coinciding with a US presidential election 12 months, Good Citizens reaches throughout all political backgrounds and religion traditions. It indicates that dualistic thinking—Republican/Democrat, Christian/Muslim—creates stress and a fake feel of separateness. once we detect that we proportion a typical ethic and ethical code, we will be able to create a neighborhood which can switch the realm.

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Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo

By Shohaku Okumura

Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen grasp who based the japanese Soto tuition of Zen, is popular as one the world's so much awesome non secular geniuses. His works are either richly poetic and deeply insightful and philosophical, pointing to the never-ending depths of Zen exploration. And nearly accurately as a result of those proof, Dogen is frequently tricky for readers to appreciate and entirely appreciate.

Realizing Genjokoan is a complete creation to the lessons and process of this nice philosopher, taking us on an intensive guided journey of an important essay-Genjokoan-in Dogen's seminal paintings, the Shobogenzo. certainly, the Genjokoan is thought of as the top of Dogen's writings, encompassing and encapsulating the essence of all of the remainder of his work.

Our travel consultant for this trip is Shohaku Okumura, a renowned instructor in his personal correct, who has committed his existence to translating and instructing Dogen.

This quantity additionally contains an advent to Dogen's existence from Hee-Jin Kim's vintage, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist, with up-to-date annotations by means of Okumura.

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The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

The Platform Sutra files the lessons of Hui-neng, the 6th Patriarch, who's respected as one of many nice figures within the founding of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. This translation is the definitive English model of the eighth-century Ch'an vintage. Dr. Yampolsky additionally furnishes a long and unique historic creation that gives the context necessary to an realizing of Hui-neng's work.

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