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Zen Anarchy

Zen Anarchy by Max Cafard. What is the Sound of One hand making a Clenched Fist? Zen is the strictest and most super-orthodox form of Buddhism — and at the same time the most iconoclastic, revolutionary and anarchistic one. The roots of Zen go back to the beginnings of the Buddhist tradition — not to […]

AN INTRODUCTION TO MAHAYANA BUDDHISM

An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism is divided into two great schools, Mahayana and Hinayana. Both systems originated in India, but since the former predominates in China, Japan, Nepal, Japan, in a modified form, in Tibet and Mongolia, while the latter is confined almost exclusively to Ceylon, Burma, and Siam, they are often, and rather […]

The Basic Principles Of The Fuchiyado Meditation The Samurai Blowgun Martial Art

The Basic Principles Of The Fuchiyado Meditation The Samurai Blowgun Martial Art is written by Shri Krishan Puri in 2011. The book describes the historical and religious background for the ancient blowgun practice Fukiya, a disciplined, precise and deadly martial art mastered by only a few dedicated monks. Today, in Japan, Fukiya is like a […]

Buddhist Scriptures by Edward Conze

Buddhist Scriptures by Edward Conze. This anthology seeks to provide insights into Buddhism from a number of unusual angles. It consists of translations from the Pali Canon and the older Sanskrit version Udanavarga as well as both translations from the Japanese Rinzai and Soto traditions. The bulk of authoritative Buddhist writings is truly enormous and […]

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel is the classic book on Zen in bowmanship. The book was maybe the most important in bringing the traditions of Zen to the European audience. However, Herrigel’s interpretation of Zen and his sources have been disputed. This and Herrigel’s membership of The Militant League for German […]

Studies in Japanese Buddhism

Studies in Japanese Buddhism. When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century it had passed from India into the lands east of the Caspian Sea and then turned to the east, spreading through China and Korea, and all the time gathering up all that it found on its way. For example, its canonical writings by this time had assumed […]

The four books

The four books is a collection of confucian root texts. It has been established that none of them has been written by Confucious (K’ung-tzu, 551-479 B.C.E.) but rather compiled by his students after his dead. However, The four books, are considered the closest we come to the original teaching of Confucious. If you were to seek a position in […]

Yin Chih Wen – The Tract of the Quiet Way

Yin Chih Wen – The Tract of the Quiet Way. It is traditional wisdom of Zen and Chinese Buddhism, insisted upon by Lao Tze and the sages of his school, that the quiet ways of Heaven should be imitated by man. As Heaven lets its sunshine upon good and evil, without discrimination and also without […]

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a book of instruction about how to practice Zen, about Zen life, and about the attitudes and understanding that make Zen practice possible. For any reader, the book will be an encouragement to realize his own nature, his own Zen mind. Zen mind is one of those […]

The Way of Liberation A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti

The Way of Liberation – A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a free ebook from Adyashantis website. I am very happy to be able to post the words of Adyashanti here on the site for the first time. I know from experience that his words can have a huge impact.  From the intro: Many […]

The works of Sunyata Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen

The works of Sunyata Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen – By coincidence I yesterday learned about Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen, who was better known by his Buddhist name Sunyata, as the ‘janam-siddha’ or simply as the ‘rare born mystic’ as Ramana Maharshi called him. He was born on a farm in a village just outside Aarhus in Denmark, […]

Zen – A Cognition to the Mind by Pho Nguyet

Zen – A Cognition to the Mind by Pho Nguyet is a guide to the practice of Sudden Enlightened Zen and the steps that will lead there. This is also recognized as the “Purification of Mind”. This is explained in the foreword by Bhikku Bodhi: “Purification of mind as understood in the Buddha’s teaching is the sustained endeavor to cleanse […]

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder was published in 1990 and they stand as a cornerstone of Gary Snyder’s work and thought. Gary Snyder was a beat poet who turned to Zen and became a serious practitioner of traditional Japanese Zen Buddhism. These essays presented here have already become a modern classic and a […]

Introduction to Buddhism and the Practice of Zazen

Introduction to Buddhism and the Practice of Zazen is based on the teachings of zen-master Gudo Nishijima Roshi, written by Eido Michael Luetchford. From the book: “The state in Zazen is without intention and is different from thinking. This statement sounds strange as we normally believe that we are always thinking. We avoid intentionally following […]

Bushido the Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo

Bushido the Soul of Japan is is Inazo Nitobe’s description of the Samurai code, Bushido. Bushido literally translates “the way of the warrior” and it was a widespread philosophy of work, war, art and spirituality which influenced the entire society. Bushido has it´s roots in Zen-Buddhism and the ethic codes of the Japanese chivalry and […]

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