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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this littlebooklet is a short summary of Ch’an Buddhist thought distilled from Master Sheng-yen’s published and unpublished materials.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 […]

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