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this littlebooklet is a short summary of Ch’an Buddhist thought distilled from Master Sheng-yen’s published and unpublished materials.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

Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-land – letters from patriarch Yin Kuang

Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-Land is a translation of selected passages from the letters of Elder Master Yin Kuang, the Thirteenth Patriarch of Pure Land. The original Chinese titles are Yin Kuang Fa Shih Wen Ch’ao and Yin Kuang Ta Shih Chia Yen Lu. Except for the two pictures of Master Yin Kuang, nothing has been […]

A book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi – Free PDF Ebook

A book of Five Rings. Kendo, the Way of the sword, has always been synonymous with nobility in Japan. Since the founding of the samurai class in the eighth century, the military arts had become the highest form of study, inspired by the teachings of Zen and the feeling of Shinto. Schools of Kendo born […]

Manual of Zen Buddhism

Manual of Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1935) was fully intended to be an actual Zen manual, full of liturgy, ritual and explanations. D.T. Suzuki, the preimminent and enthusiastic ordained Japanese Zen Scholar, presents the subject matter as always with perfect confidence and numerous flying sparks. Good book to have on hand if learning […]

The Religion of the Samurai by Kaiten Nukariya

The Religion of the Samurai – A Study of Zen Philosophy in China and Japan by Kaiten Nukariya was published in 1913 in Japan. The ebook guides the reader through the origin of Buddhism and Zen and how their influences has spread from India to China and Japan where it again divided into a number […]

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