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Art of Attention

Art of Attention is written by Pannyavaro, who founded Buddhanet.net back in 1993 – one of the oldest and most comprehensive Buddhist websites. This book was written to be published on the site.  The author states in the foreword that the art of attention is the common thread underpinning all schools of Buddhist meditation: Mahamudra in the Tibetan […]

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 […]

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 […]

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization by Robert Wolfe

Living Nonduality – Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization – is a major modern work on Nondualism by Robert Wolfe. The book is release under a Creative Commons Attribute. See Robert Wolfes website here. From the intro: “The teachings of nonduality have begun to come of age in the West, recognized at last as the central essence […]

A Critical Analysis of the Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana

One of the most important aspects of Buddhist meditation is a set of attainments called, in Pali, the Jhanas. The Jhanas are encountered repeatedly in the scriptural texts of early Buddhism. They were instrumental in the Buddha’s own achievement of enlightenment and in the training he formulated for his disciples. Jhana means meditative stages and equivalent terms in other Buddhist schools […]

The Zen of Advaita – The Teaching Mastery of Nisargadatta Maharaj

The Zen of Advaita is a two-volume book by PhD. Stephen H. Wolinsky – a student of Nisargadatta Maharaj. The works are tributes to Nisargadatta and an attempt to crack the code of the Zen Koan with his teachings. Stephen begins with a warning: “As you are about to go through this book, please note that […]

Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with Basho’s Haikus

Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, with Basho’s Haikus with the subtitle: Talks on Zen consists of talks given by Osho in 1988 on the Zen master Hyakujo and many other topics from Krishnamurti and Taoism to Taj Mahal. From the book: “People have always thought that mind means word, speech, thoughts – but that is […]

The Bodhidharma Anthology – Earliest Records of Zen Buddhism

The Bodhidharma Anthology – Earliest Records of Zen Buddhism by Broughton, Jeffrey L. There exists only two book-length English language translations of Bodhidharma’s teachings: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma translated by Red Pine and Broughton’s The Bodhidharma Anthology.Both volumes are valuable for understanding Zen (C’han) as taught by Bodhidarma, the first Zen Patriarch in China. The […]

Zen Master Ejo Absorption in the Treasury of Light

Zen Master Ejo’s Absorption in the Treasury of Light is a much appraised comment on the classic Zen work Shobogenzo. Master Ejo, who lived between 1198 and 1282, wrote this piece to clarify what he understood to be the true meaning of some passages of the Shobogenzo. His comments centers around his understanding that the essential substance of […]

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