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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

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 in the early Muromachi period […]

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 […]

The Fundamentals of Meditation Practice – a Zen guide

“The Fundamentals of Meditation Practice” by Ting Chen is a Zen work about the basics of meditation posture and breathing techniques. Through 182 pages Ting Chen explains in details the best position of all the body parts and how to train for sitting in full lotus position. The first part of the book builds up […]

A guide to Japanese Buddhism

“A guide to Japanese Buddhism” presents the history of Japanese Buddhism and the Buddhism in Japan today. It explains the origins and differences of the numerous schools and sects. We get the details of how Shinto, Zen and Rinzai Zen, Shinran, Shinshu, Honen, Soto Zen, Taoism and Pure Land Buddhism has evolved and shaped the […]

The Zen Teaching of Rinzai

Rinzai Gigen, father of the line or school of Rinzai Zen, died January 10th, 866 A.D. His date of birth is unknown, but it is generally taken that his teaching career was not much longer than a decade. The Rinzai Line is one of the Five Houses of Zen, best thought of as teaching styles […]

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