Not One Single Thing: A Commentary on the Platform Sutra

In a plain-english, shodo harada brings the sutra to life for his students, conversational voice, discussing and explaining its central points chapter by chapter and illustrating it with his own beautiful calligraphy. He was an illiterate woodcutter who famously attained enlightenment after only hearing a single line of the Diamond Sutra, and who went on to decisively upstage senior monks with a poem that demonstrated the depth and clarity of his insight.

Shodo harada roshi’s fresh reading of the Platform Sutra offers both the history behind the work and the lived experience of its wisdom. Explore the seminal Platform Sutra, with one of the greatest living Zen masters as a guide. A lodestone of zen buddhism, the platform sutra presents the life, or Huineng, and wisdom of Eno, work, the fascinating and much-loved seventh-century Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen.

. This is an essential Buddhist text brought to life. His example has demonstrated to generations of students and spiritual seekers worldwide that enlightenment is attainable regardless of education or social standing. His exhortations to directly perceive one's true nature, right here and now, still reverberate in contemporary Zen.


The Mountains and Waters Sutra: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's "Sansuikyo"

His wise and friendly voice shows us the questions Dogen poses and helps us realize what the answers could be. An indispensible map of a classic Zen text. Mountains and waters are the expression of old buddhas. So begins “sansuikyo, ” or “mountains and waters Sutra, ” a masterpiece of poetry and insight from Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of the Soto school of Zen.

What does it mean for  mountains to walk? how are mountains an expression of Buddha’s truth, and how can we learn to hear the deep teachings of river waters? Throughout this luminous volume, we learn how we can live in harmony with nature in respect and gratitude—and awaken to our true nature. Shohaku okumura—renowned for his translations of and magisterial teachings on Dogen—guides the reader through the rich layers of metaphor and meaning in “Sansuikyo, ” which is often thought to be the most beautiful essay in Dogen’s monumental Shobogenzo.


Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom: Three Fascicles from Shobogenzo with Commentary

In deepest practice, kosho uchiyama, deepest wisdom, beloved twentieth-century Zen teacher addresses himself head-on to unpacking Dogen’s wisdom from three fascicles or chapters of his monumental Shobogenzo for a modern audience. At turns poetic and funny, always insightful, this is Zen wisdom for the ages.

Insightful commentary on a beloved ancient philosopher of Zen by a beloved contemporary master of Zen. Famously insightful and famously complex, Eihei Dogen’s writings have been studied and puzzled over for hundreds of years. The fascicles presented here from shobogenzo, or treasury of the true dharma eye include “Shoaku Makusa” or “Refraining from Evil, ” “Maka Hannya Haramitsu” or “Practicing Deepest Wisdom, ” and “Uji” or “Living Time.

Tom wright and shohaku okumura lovingly translate Dogen’s penetrating words and Uchiyama’s thoughtful commentary on each piece.

Being-Time: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's Shobogenzo Uji

In uji, being itself, Dogen teaches that time itself, is luminous awakening. Using dogen’s shobogenzo uji the true dharma eye, shinshu roberts offers a twofold analysis of this teaching: the meaning of the text and practice with the text, Being-Time, giving examples how we apply Dogen’s complex teaching to our daily lives.

 . Zen master dogen frames the teaching on impermanence explicitly as a teaching about time—and all of Dogen’s profoundly poetic teachings flow from his seminal understanding of time, the famous—and famously difficult—essay in his masterwork, as expressed in Uji Being-Time, Shobogenzo. A tour-de-force guide to zen Master Dogen’s most subtle and sophisticated philosophical premises: that being and time are inseparable.

Impermanence is time itself, being itself—yet time and being are not at all as we imagine them to be. It is all-inclusive, ultimately healing, all-elusive, and eternal. In this book, shinshu roberts does full justice, as does no other book I know of, to Dogen’s words. If this text causes you to doubt your most cherished concepts about your life, it will have done its work.

From the foreword by norman fischer being-time thoroughly explores Dogen’s teaching on how we practice as Buddhas by understanding the relationship between being and time as it is—and as we perceive it to be. She offers interpretation of uji only after careful consideration and marshaling of many sources—and offers simple everyday examples to illustrate points that seem at first abstruse.

To really understand and fully embrace this point is to live in a radically different world—a world of awakening, inclusion, and love.

Boundless Vows, Endless Practice: Bodhisattva Vows in the 21st Century

In honor of sanshin zen community's 15th anniversary, Shohaku Okumura and ten of his dharma descendants from around the world present a series of writings on making and carrying out bodhisattva vows in the 21st century. The book includes new translations by Okumura Roshi of material never before published in English.


The Light That Shines through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life

It is in fact about nothing other than relating to it compassionately and whole-heartedly. This collection, edited from his talks, focuses on cosmic energy as it relates to all aspects of Zen practice. With references to classic texts and personal stories that bring the teachings to life, The Light That Shines through Infinity is also a powerful antidote to the notion that practice is in some way about transcending the world around us.

. A zen buddhist perspective on the universal flow of cosmic energy and how to incorporate that energy into one's life and spiritual practice--from one of the most revered figures in American Zen. The universe is alive with a dynamic energy that creates and sustains our lives. It surrounds us, flows through us, and is available to us in every moment.

Spiritual practice, qi, according to Dainin Katagiri Roshi, is about aligning ourselves with this ever-present life force--sometimes referred to as chi, or ki.

The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan

Kazuaki tanahashi and peter levitt honor the contemplative Buddhist elements of this classic collection of poems while revealing Hanshan’s famously jubilant humor, deep love of solitude in nature, and overwhelming warmth of heart. In addition, an in-depth study of the cold mountain poets here presented as three distinct authors, this translation features the full Chinese text of the original poems and a wealth of fascinating supplements, including traditional historical records, and more.

These poems from the literary riches of China have long been celebrated by cultures of both East and West—and continue to be revered as among the most inspiring and enduring works of poetry worldwide. A fresh translation--and new envisioning--of the most accessible and beloved of all classic Chinese poetry.

Welcome to the magical, windswept world of Cold Mountain. This groundbreaking new translation presents the full corpus of poetry traditionally associated with Hanshan “Cold Mountain” and sheds light on its origins and authorship like never before.

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

The first accessible beginner's guide to Rinzai Zen practice. The recognition of the true nature of oneself and the universe is the aim of Rinzai Zen--but that experience, known as kensho, is really just the beginning of a life of refining that discovery and  putting it into practice in the world. Rinzai zen, with its famed discipline and its emphasis on koan practice, is one of two main forms of Zen practiced in the West, but it is less familiar than the more prominent Soto school.

. Meido moore here remedies that situation by providing this compact and complete introduction to Zen philosophy and practice from the Rinzai perspective. It is an excellent entrée to a venerable tradition that goes back through the renowned master Hakuin Ekaku in eighteenth-century Japan to its origins in Tang dynasty China--and that offers a path to living with insight and compassion for people today.


No-Gate Gateway: The Original Wu-Men Kuan

A new translation of one of the great koan collections--by the premier translator of the Chinese classics--that reveals it to be a literary and philosophical masterwork beyond its association with Chan/Zen. A monk asked: “a dog too has buddha-nature, no?” and with the master’s enigmatic one-word response begins the great No-Gate Gateway Wu-Men Kuan, ancient China’s classic foray into the inexpressible nature of mind and reality.

In his radical new translation, david hinton places this classic for the first time in the philosophical framework of its native China, in doing so revealing a new way of understanding Zen—in which generic “Zen perplexity” is transformed into a more approachable and earthy mystery. With the poetic abilities he has honed in his many translations, Hinton brilliantly conveys the book’s literary power, making it an irresistible reading experience capable of surprising readers into a sudden awakening that is beyond logic and explanation.

For nearly eight hundred years, mumonkan has been the most widely used koan collection in Zen Buddhism—and with its comic storytelling and wild poetry, this text also known by its Japanese name, it is also a remarkably compelling literary masterwork.

Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons

Through it, the reader will discover the importance of lineage, and the places of “just sitting” and koan practice as paths to awakening, the traceless traces of the Zen ancestors, as the great doorways into Zen. From the foreword by Joan Halifax  . They are a medium of exploration of the history, and view of Zen, culture, but most importantly are a medium of awakening.

James ford is fundamentally a koan person, the book is particularly rich, and for this, 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. Rich in textual sources and woven throughout with the perspectives of contemporary teachers, Introduction to Zen Koans sheds new light on ancient teachings.

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. 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.

The power of koans, these 'public cases' from China, has never ceased to enrich my own experience of Zen. An indispensable guide to koans, the practice of “just sitting, teaching the reader about the importance of lineage, ” and koan practice as paths to awakening. This marvelous book opens the treasure house of Zen and yet, happily, does not dispel its mystery.

His definition of the word is telling: “a koan points to something of deep importance, and invites us to stand in that place.

Zen Master Yunmen: His Life and Essential Sayings

A modern zen classic--reissued with new material: An introduction to the great tenth-century Chinese master, with translations of his key works. Yunmen Wenyan c. 864–949 was a master of the chinese zen chan tradition and one of the most influential teachers in its history, showing up in many famous koans—in one of which he’s credited with the famous line, “Every day is a good day.

His teachings are said to permeate heaven and earth, to address immediately and totally the state and conditions of his audience, and to cut off even the slightest trace of duality. In this classic study of master yunmen, a biography of the master, historian and Buddhist scholar Urs App clearly elucidates the encompassing and penetrating nature of Yunmen’s teachings, and includes a brief history of Chinese Zen, provides pioneering translations of his numerous talks and dialogues, and a wealth of resource materials.