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By John Daido Loori

The Zen culture has simply major meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided by means of the robust Zen instructing tales known as koans. Following within the culture of The paintings of simply Sitting (endorsed as a "A e-book we've wanted for an extended, lengthy time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the delicate perform of koan examine from many alternative issues of view.

Includes writings by:

  • Robert Aitken
  • William Bodiford
  • Robert Buswell
  • Roko Sherry Chayat
  • Francis Dojun Cook
  • Eihei Dogen
  • Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Hakuin Ekaku
  • Victor Sogen Hori
  • Keizan Jokin
  • Philip Kapleau
  • Chung-fen Ming-Pen
  • Taizan Maezumi
  • Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • Soen Nakagawa
  • Ruth Fuller Sasaki
  • Sokei-an Sasaki
  • Nyogen Senzaki
  • Zenkei Shibayama
  • Eido Shimano
  • Philip Yampolsky
  • Hakuun Yasutani
  • Wayne Yokoyama
  • Katsushiro Yoshizawa

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It truly is occasionally tricky to criticize or to confirm. If we see a snake crawling towards a child and we're too considering following the precepts precisely we may possibly hesitate too lengthy to save lots of the child. in the mean time of the current we needs to be loose even from the precepts to behave because the situations call for. my very own view is a bit of varied. The observation I further to this situation reads: Priest Xixian’s reaction, “I am observing heavily” is straight away fat-headed and erroneous. He has overlooked a chance to reason an evil that has already arisen to be extinguished, and to reason reliable that has now not arisen to come up. either he and the overall deserve thirty blows of my stick. Governments and rulers are characteristically pushed through strength, politics, and funds, and will not be susceptible towards transparent ethical commitments. even though, for a Zen priest to prevent taking ethical accountability whilst requested is inexcusable. Enlightenment with out morality isn't really but enlightenment. Morality with out enlightenment isn't really but morality. Enlightenment and morality are non-dual within the approach. One doesn't exist with no the opposite. in fact no longer past sturdy and evil as is usually believed. it is extremely a manner of residing one’s lifestyles with a distinct ethical dedication that's practiced, learned, and validated in the realm of fine and evil itself, but continues to be undefiled through them. environment apart impostor monks and phony fans, you inform me, how do you rework looking at into doing, the 3 poisons into the 3 virtues? extra importantly, what's it that you simply name your self? How some distance are we keen to visit justify our place? Gary Snyder as soon as wrote: “Institutional Buddhism has been conspicuously able to settle for or forget about the inequalities and tyrannies of no matter what political method it discovered itself lower than. this is demise to Buddhism since it is demise to any significant functionality of compassion. knowledge with no compassion feels no ache. ” Or, “Enlightenment with no morality isn't really but enlightenment. Morality with out enlightenment isn't really but morality. ” the implications of now not attractive the knowledge of sincere, uncooked perform are that actual lives undergo, humans die, our fragile and wondrous planet is handled poorly. we have to problem and inspire each other to achieve our readability and compassion. that's our relevant. For me, the comparative use of the 2 Shobogenzos and Dogen’s different writings, in addition to the conventional koans in our koan introspection, is a truly practical—and crucial—endeavor. whereas this type of learn has spread out new percentages within the education of western Zen scholars by way of addressing their normal philosophical and mental dispositions, it has now not deserted the center of the dharma transmitted from Shakyamuni Buddha to the current. we're tremendously lucky to have entry to grasp Dogen’s striking physique of labor. we must always now not waste the chance to review it. And, as he himself acknowledged frequently, we needs to learn exhaustively. simply because finally, irrespective of what percentage hundreds of thousands of koans we go through, in the event that they don't switch the way in which we relate to the remainder of the realm, then they're not anything yet meaningless highbrow routines.

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