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The Way of Liberation A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti

The Way of Liberation – A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a free ebook from Adyashantis website. I am very happy to be able to post the words of Adyashanti here on the site for the first time. I know from experience that his words can have a huge impact.  From the intro: Many […]

Zen – A Cognition to the Mind by Pho Nguyet

Zen – A Cognition to the Mind by Pho Nguyet is a guide to the practice of Sudden Enlightened Zen and the steps that will lead there. This is also recognized as the “Purification of Mind”. This is explained in the foreword by Bhikku Bodhi: “Purification of mind as understood in the Buddha’s teaching is the sustained endeavor to cleanse […]

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder was published in 1990 and they stand as a cornerstone of Gary Snyder’s work and thought. Gary Snyder was a beat poet who turned to Zen and became a serious practitioner of traditional Japanese Zen Buddhism. These essays presented here have already become a modern classic and a […]

Introduction to Buddhism and the Practice of Zazen

Introduction to Buddhism and the Practice of Zazen is based on the teachings of zen-master Gudo Nishijima Roshi, written by Eido Michael Luetchford. From the book: “The state in Zazen is without intention and is different from thinking. This statement sounds strange as we normally believe that we are always thinking. We avoid intentionally following […]

Bushido the Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo

Bushido the Soul of Japan is is Inazo Nitobe’s description of the Samurai code, Bushido. Bushido literally translates “the way of the warrior” and it was a widespread philosophy of work, war, art and spirituality which influenced the entire society. Bushido has it´s roots in Zen-Buddhism and the ethic codes of the Japanese chivalry and […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Hsin – Hsin Ming by Seng-ts’an Third Patriarch of Zen

Hsin-Hsin Ming with the subtitle Verses on the Perfect Mind was written by Seng-ts’an also known as the Third Patriarch of Zen. The Hsin Hsin Ming is a verse written in the 6th century, it is considered the first clear and comprehensive statement of Zen. The title is often translated as “Faith in Mind”, but some argues […]

Rice Eyes Enlightenmet in Dogens Kitchen by Tai Sheridan

Rice Eyes Enlightenmet in Dogens Kitchen by Tai Sheridan is a poetic presentation of Dogen’s essay Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions to the Cook, by Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan. ‘Rice Eyes’ is a metaphor for the non-dual world, the essential Buddhist experience of oneness. Dogen uses the role of Tenzo, or head cook, to demonstrate how […]

Buddha in Blue Jeans – An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide To Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha

Buddha in Blue Jeans – An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide To Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha is a universal guide to the practice of sitting quietly and being yourself. Sitting quietly can teach you many ways to accept life, meet pain, age gracefully, and die without regret. Tai Sheridan is a Zen priest in the Suzuki […]

Book of the Samurai – Hagakure

Book of the Samurai by Hagakure is a practical and spiritual guide for Samuarais. The author Tsuramoto Tashiro compiled the book from his conversations with the samurai Tsunetomo from 1709 to 1716; however, it was not published until many years afterwards. The book provides an interesting view into the Zen Buddhism of the warriors of […]

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