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Passing Through The Gateless Barrier

Author: Guo Gu
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834840170
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Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these myriad opportunities by leading us to certain gates that have traditionally been effective for people to access that marvelous awakening. The forty-eight kōans of the Gateless Barrier (Chinese: Wumenguan; Japanese: Mumonkan) have been waking people up for well over eight hundred years. Chan teacher Guo Gu provides here a fresh translation of the classic text, along with the first English commentary by a teacher of the Chinese tradition from which it originated. He shows that the kōans in this text are not mere stories from a distant past, but are rather pointers to the places in our lives where we get stuck—and that each sticking point, when examined, can become a gateless barrier through which we can enter into profound wisdom.

Introduction To Zen Koans

Author: James Ishmael Ford
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614293155
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An indispensible guide to koans, teaching the reader about the importance of lineage, the practice of “just sitting,” and koan practice as paths to awakening. “This marvelous book opens the treasure house of Zen and yet, happily, does not dispel its mystery. James Ford, an excellent storyteller and longtime Zen practitioner, presents a detailed and beautiful description of the craft of zazen, including “just sitting” and various forms of breath meditation—but focuses primarily on koan introspection. The power of koans, these 'public cases' from China, has never ceased to enrich my own experience of Zen. They are a medium of exploration of the history, culture, and view of Zen, but most importantly are a medium of awakening. James Ford is fundamentally a koan person, and for this, the book is particularly rich, opening the practice of koans in a splendid way. I am grateful for his long experience as a teacher and practitioner of this rare and powerful practice. Since the word koan has found its way into popular English usage, I am grateful too for the more nuanced and fertile view of koans that Ford presents. His definition of the word is telling: “a koan points to something of deep importance, and invites us to stand in that place.” He has also has created a wonderful translation of the Heart Sutra, Zen’s central scripture—and carefully opens up the heart of the Heart Sutra through scholarship and practice. Rich in textual sources and woven throughout with the perspectives of contemporary teachers, Introduction to Zen Koans sheds new light on ancient teachings. Through it, the reader will discover the importance of lineage, the traceless traces of the Zen ancestors, and the places of “just sitting” and koan practice as paths to awakening, as the great doorways into Zen.” —from the foreword by Joan Halifax

Critical Sermons Of The Zen Tradition

Author: Shin?ichi Hisamatsu
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824823849
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The record of linji stands as one of the great classics of the zen tradition,and modern zen master and reformer hisamatsu shin'ichi offers a lively and penetrating exploration of the religious essence of the text.

The Everything Zen

Author: Jacky Sach
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1605505110
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Do you find yourself restless and distracted by the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Have you sought comfort in possessions and acclaim only to be disappointed by their emptiness? If so, you are not along. The Everything Zen Book introduces you to thousands of years of ancient teachings that can help you achieve inner peace and unity with the world around you. Whether you are at home or in the office, this easy-to-follow guide shows you how to apply ancient Zen principles to every area of your life—from relationships and your career to artistic expression and your health.

Nothing Is Hidden

Author: Barry Magid
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614291020
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In this inspiring and incisive offering, Barry Magid uses the language of modern psychology and psychotherapy to illuminate one of Buddhism's most powerful and often mysterious technologies: the Zen koan. What's more, Magid also uses the koans to expand upon the insights of psychology (especially self psychology and relational psychotherapy) and open for the reader new perspectives on the functioning of the human mind and heart. Nothing Is Hidden explores many rich themes, including facing impermanence and the inevitability of change, working skillfully with desire and attachment, and discovering when "surrender and submission" can be liberating and when they shade into emotional bypassing. With a sophisticated view of the rituals and teachings of traditional Buddhism, Magid helps us see how we sometimes subvert meditation into just another "curative fantasy" or make compassion into a form of masochism.

Ordinary Mind

Author: Barry Magid
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861717406
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Is meditation an escape from--or a solution to--our psychological problems? Is the use of antidepressants counter to spiritual practice? Does a psychological approach to meditation reduce spirituality to "self-help"? What can Zen and psychoanalysis teach us about the problems of the mind and suffering? Psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid is uniquely qualified to answer questions like these. Written in an engaging and witty style, Ordinary Mind helps us understand challenging ideas--like Zen Buddhism's concepts of oneness, emptiness, and enlightenment--and how they make sense, not only within psychoanalytic conceptions of mind, but in the realities of our lives and relationships. This new paper edition of Magid's much-praised book contains additional case study vignettes.

The Book Of Equanimity

Author: Gerry Shishin Wick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 086171802X
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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.

Sh B Genz

Author: Dōgen
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3936018588
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Zen Im Alltag

Author: Charlotte Joko Beck
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641108236
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Jeden Moment bewusst erleben Charlotte Joko Beck lehrt eine Zen-Praxis, die nicht aus unserem Alltag herausführt, sondern sich ihm ganz entschieden zuwendet: Zen als Weg, um mit Alltagsproblemen gut zu Rande zu kommen. Zen als Einstellung, die uns bei Beziehungen, bei der Arbeit, bei unseren Ängsten und Leiden hilft. Joko Becks Dharma-Vorträge in diesem Buch sind Musterbeispiele an Schlichtheit, Treffsicherheit und Vernunft. Sie sprechen Menschen unterschiedlichster religiöser und sozialer Zugehörigkeit an. Nicht zuletzt deshalb ist dieses Buch zu einem Klassiker der westlichen Zen-Literatur geworden.