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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 […]

The Autobiography Of Han Shan

This is the Autobiography & Maxims of Chan (Zen) Master Han Shan who lived in China from 1546 to 1623. From the intro: “In Chan, every wayfarer knows that he can find refuge in the Buddhist Dharma. There is alwaysroom for him in that most comfortable of Inns. And reflection upon his improving sense of wellbeing […]

The Sweet Dews of Ch’an/Zen

  This book The Sweet Dews of Ch’an (Zen) by Reverend Cheng Kuan is a series of lectures and instructions on practical Zen meditation given at Chuang Yen Monastery As an outcome of Dhyana, you will be able to observe these phenomena very clearly because your “mental mirror” is very clear… for there are no more disturbances […]

In the Spirit of Ch’an – An Introduction to Zen Buddhism By Master Sheng-yen

In the Spirit of Ch’an is a window on the world of Chinese Zen (Ch’an), this littlebooklet is a short summary of Ch’an Buddhist thought distilled from Master Sheng-yen’s published and unpublished materials. It is published in the hope of providing beginners and the general public with a new and fresh perspective on the self, the […]

Transmission and Enlightenment in Chan (Zen) Buddhism Seen Through the Platform Sūtra (Liuzu tanjing 六祖壇經)

Transmission of the Dharma is at the center of Chan (also known as Zen) Buddhist identity and self-understanding. In the mature Chan school, the basis for Dharma transmission is seen as the moment when a Chan master recognizes that a student has attained the same enlightened state that he himself has achieved. By receiving Dharma […]

Pure Land Buddhism – Dialogs with Ancient Masters

The core of Pure Land Buddhism and its teachings can be expressed in two major concepts: purity of mind and practice. Traditional Pure Land teachings emphasize the three elements of Faith, Vows and Practice (Buddha Recitation) as the essential conditions for rebirth in the Pure Land – in the Pure Mind. This approach is presented […]

The Sixth Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra

The Sixth Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra is the fundamental text of Ch’an Buddhism. It relates the life and teachings of Master Hui Neng, the Great Master the Sixth Patriarch, as set down by one of his disciples. During the seventh and eighth centuries under the T’ang Dynasty, Master Hui Neng taught the doctrines of […]

Shobogenzo – The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching

The Shōbōgenzō is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the thirteenth century Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death twenty-two years later at age fifty-three.† These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in […]

The Zen Experience by Thomas Hoover

The Zen Experience by Thomas HooverZen has always resided in individual experience rather than in theoretical writings. To give the reader access to understanding of this truth, The Zen Experience by Thomas Hoover illumines Zen as it was created and shaped by the personalities, perceptions, and actions of its masters over the centuries. Beginning with […]

Zen Culture by Thomas Hoover

Zen Culture subtitled How Zen has influenced Art, Architecture, Literature, Sports, Ceramics and Theatre by Thomas Hoover. When it first was published in 1977 among the many positive reviews Library Journal wrote, “Hoover covers the ground in an easy and informative way, describing the origins of Zen itself and the Zen roots of swordsmanship, architecture, food, poetry, […]

Empty Cloud, The Teachings Of Zen Master Xu Yun

Empty Cloud, The Teachings Of Zen Master Xu Yun. From the introduction: “Dear Friends, let me tell you a little story a wise man once told me. He said: “Once I found myself in an unfamiliar country, walking down a strange street. I looked around trying to get my bearings; and seeing two men who […]

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