Introduction To Zen Training

  • Filename: introduction-to-zen-training.
  • ISBN: 9781136167331
  • Release Date: 2012-11-12
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Omori,
  • Publisher: Routledge



First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

An Introduction to Zen Training

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-zen-training.
  • ISBN: 0804832471
  • Release Date: 2002-05-01
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Omori Sogen
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing



An Introduction to Zen Training is a translation of Sanzen Nyumon, a key text by one of the foremost Zen teachers of the twentieth century. Written to provide a solid introduction to the physical nature of Zen training, this text discusses breath, pain, posture, drowsiness, state of mind, and physiology, as well as the context in which this training takes on meaning. An Introduction to Zen Training also addresses many of the questions that arise naturally when Zen training begins—ranging from how long to sit at one time to how to keep mindfulness when not sitting—and concludes with commentaries on two fundamental Zen texts, Zazen Wasen (Song of Zazen) and the Ox-Herding Pictures.

Introduction To Zen Training

  • Filename: introduction-to-zen-training.
  • ISBN: 9781136167263
  • Release Date: 2012-11-12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Omori
  • Publisher: Routledge



When Buddha Said that We suffer because of our attachments, he was describing the condition in which we view the world from the perspective of our ego, that part of us that sags fundamentally we are each individual, apart from all that surrounds us. Buddhism in general is a religion that leads to a deeper perspective, that all existence is part of the Whole. While many people find that a meaningful belief, Zen Buddhism takes a slightly different position: don't believe a lofty religious ideal. All of you - flesh and blood, thoughts and emotions - can experience the Whole directly at all times and under all conditions. The process by which this experience unfolds is called Zen training. Introduction to Zen Training is a translation of a text by one of the foremost Japanese Zen teachers of the 20th century, providing an overall view of the nature of this training. Omori Sogen Rotaishi's approach to this training was unique. Having trained rigorously from his youth in Zen, swordsmanship and calligraphy, he became a sword teacher and ultimately advisor to the Japanese Cabinet prior to World War II. Following the war, he became a priest and continued his work as a teacher and court magistrate. His approach to Zen was very direct and physical as befits a martial artist, but he was also known for his compassion. This text was written to both provide a solid introduction to the physical nature of training - how one's breath, pain, posture, drowsiness, state of mind, and physiology all take part- as well as the context in which it takes on meaning. In the first two chapters, he discusses the rationale for zazen, the form of meditation that is the foundation of Zen training. Although seemingly a simple activity, zazen is not just "quiet sitting", and it is valuable to see it so thoroughly defined. The next chapter provides solid instruction in how to sit zazen, how to adjust the breathing, the posture, the state of mind. But this is just a starting point. Introduction to Zen Training is one of the few books to then go on to discuss many of the questions that naturally arise as one begins to train, ranging from how long you should sit at a time to how to maintain concentration when not sitting. As a martial artist, Omori Rotaishi was uniquely able to illustrate his points by drawing upon the vigorous tradition of Zen and the martial arts that flourished during the samurai era. But his scholarship in both Chinese and Japanese Zen is no less informed and he is able to bring alive many of the traditional teaching stories as well. The book ends with commentaries on two Zen texts that help to place all of the instruction into context. Hakuin, the reknown Zen Master of 18th century Japan, wrote the text Zazen Wasan (A Song of Zazen) to make zazen understandable in everyday terms to the common people of his era. Omori Rotaishi takes the same text and makes in meaningful to our era. He finishes by using the traditional Ten Ox-herding Pictures to once again show the rigor and physicality of Zen training. Translation of the text was done by Boy Yoshimato and Hosokawa Dogen Roshi. Yoshimoto was a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese literature at Columbia University and a long-time Zen and sword student at Daihonzan Chozen-ji, the temple founded by Omori Rotaishi in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hosokawa Roshi, dharma successor of Omori Rotaishi, is the Abbot at Daihonzan Chozen-ji. Overall supervision was provided by Tanouye Tenshin Rotaishi, dharma successor of Omori Rotaishi. Tanouye Rotaishi was the first Abbot of Daihonzan Chozen-ji and became Archibishop upon the death of Omori Rotaishi in 1994.

Zen Training

  • Filename: zen-training.
  • ISBN: 9780834825833
  • Release Date: 2005-09-13
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Katsuki Sekida
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications



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.

The Eight Gates of Zen

  • Filename: the-eight-gates-of-zen.
  • ISBN: 1570629528
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 273
  • Author: John Daido Loori
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications



One of the most well-known and respected American Zen teachers offers an accessible introduction to the practice of Zen.

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-zen-buddhism.
  • ISBN: 0802130550
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 132
  • Author: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
  • Publisher: Grove Press



Describes the beliefs and traditions of Zen Buddhism, focusing on the systems of philosophy, psychology, and ethics that help promote self-understanding and enlightenment.

Zen Training

  • Filename: zen-training.
  • ISBN: 9780834825833
  • Release Date: 2005-09-13
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Katsuki Sekida
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications



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.

Zen Mind Beginner s Mind

  • Filename: zen-mind-beginner-s-mind.
  • ISBN: 083482129X
  • Release Date: 2010-11-09
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Shunryu Suzuki
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications



"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that’s just the beginning. In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It’s a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice, and it is now available to a new generation of seekers in this fortieth anniversary edition, with a new afterword by Shunryu Suzuki’s biographer, David Chadwick.

The Three Pillars of Zen

  • Filename: the-three-pillars-of-zen.
  • ISBN: 9780385260930
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Philip Kapleau
  • Publisher: Anchor



The Western reader is introduced to the basic teaching, practices, and religious character of Zen Buddhism, in a beautiful new edition of the classic introduction to and overview of Zen history and discipline. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

The Complete Book of Zen

  • Filename: the-complete-book-of-zen.
  • ISBN: 0804834415
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Author: Kiew Kit Wong
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing



In The Complete Book of Zen, Shaolin Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit explains the principles and practice of Zen with a clarity that comes only with true understanding. He traces the history and development of Zen, following its geographical path from its early beginnings in India to China, and then to Japan. He shows how Zen lies at the heart of many great works of art and culture, and then relates its practice to daily life, showing how Zen training and meditation can enhance inner strength, concentration, intuition, and emotional balance. He then outlines a series of exercises that offer readers both the spiritual and physical experiences of Zen -- and that can help them explore their spiritual potential, and bring simplicity, focus and vitality into their lives.

Omori Sogen the Art of a Zen Master

  • Filename: omori-sogen-the-art-of-a-zen-master.
  • ISBN: IND:30000063927762
  • Release Date: 1999-01-01
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Dōgen Hosokawa
  • Publisher: Routledge



Omori Sogen (1904-1994) is considered the greastest Zen master. His background as an expert in kendo (the Way of the Sword) and shodo (the Way of the the Brush) and as a political activist, scholar and university president made him unique among Zen maters. The story of Omori's life details his years of training and explores the three "Ways" in which he was trained: martial arts, Zen, and calligraphy. The book also explores the fundamental aspect of Zen martial arts and offers solutions for some of the problems encountered in Zen training. Omori Sogen was the author of the influential "Introduction to Zen Training," published by Kegan Paul international. This biography is a much needed English-language appraisal of a figure who has been too long invisible to the West.

Taking the Path of Zen

  • Filename: taking-the-path-of-zen.
  • ISBN: 0865470804
  • Release Date: 1982-01
  • Number of pages: 149
  • Author: Robert Aitken
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Examines the fundamental principles of Zen Buddhism, discusses how to put these beliefs in practice in everyday life, and describes Zen customs and ceremonies

The Book of Equanimity

  • Filename: the-book-of-equanimity.
  • ISBN: 9780861713875
  • Release Date: 2005-03-15
  • Number of pages: 331
  • Author: Gerry Shishin Wick
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A thought-provoking collection of Zen koans culls the wisdom of this influencial brand of Buddhism to present a series of "teaching stories" that present spiritual wisdom in interesting ways. Original.

Zen Sand

  • Filename: zen-sand.
  • ISBN: 0824822846
  • Release Date: 2003-01
  • Number of pages: 764
  • Author: Victor Sōgen Hori
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press



Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of koan meditation to negotiate the difficult relationship between insight and language. As such it represents a major contribution to both Western Zen practice and English-language Zen scholarship. In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen koan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or capping phrases. Once a monk has successfully replied to a koan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk's insight into the koan. Special collections of these jakugo were compiled as handbooks to aid in that search. Until now, Zen students in the West, lacking this important resource, have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice. For the scholar, Zen Sand provides a detailed description of the jakugo practice and its place in the overall koan curriculum, as well as a brief history of the Zen phrase book. This volume also contributes to the understanding of East Asian culture in a broader sense.

A Flower Does Not Talk

  • Filename: a-flower-does-not-talk.
  • ISBN: 9781462909711
  • Release Date: 2012-07-17
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Zenkei Shibayama
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing



These essays by a prominent Zen master are a classic introduction to Zen Buddhism, specifically written for Westerners. The former abbot of Nanzenji Monastary in Kyoto, the Reverend Zenkei Shibayama, understood Western ways, and, in the early 1970s, prepared these introductory essays for English speakers. In A Flower Does Not Talk, the author describes the basic characteristics of Zen, the training it calls for, and the Zen Personality, before presenting three typical Zen writings accompanied by informative notes. This book is beautifully illustrated with drawings, photographs of Zen inspired flower arrangements, and paintings by Zen Master Hakuin, is a classic introduction to the core of Buddhist teachings, which provide the basis for the happiness of mankind.

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