This book, first published in 1994, is a compendium of new translations of certain works regarded as fundamental texts in the Serene Reflection Buddhist Tradition (Sōtō Zen). All the texts were in Chinese, either as original works or as translations from Sanskrit. Several of them are central to the ceremonial not only of the Sōtō Zen Tradition but also of other Mahayana Buddhist traditions as well.
Part 1. Scriptures 1. Three Chapters from the Lotus Scripture 1.1. The Scripture on Conduct that Eases the Way 1.2. The Scripture on the Immeasurable Life of the Tathagata 1.3. The Marvellous Spiritual Powers of the Tathagata 2. The Scripture of Brahma’s Net 2.1. Translator’s Introduction 2.2. Chinese Introductions 2.3. The Scripture of Brahma’s Net Part 2. Religious Prose Text 3. Instructions on How to Do Pure Meditation Great Master Keizan Jōkin Part 3. Aphoristic Poems 4. That Which Is Engraved Upon the Heart That Trusts to the Eternal Great Master Chien-chih Seng-ts’an 5. The Song That Attests to the Way Great Master Yung-chia Hsüan-chüeh Part 4. Other Religious Works 6. The Scripture of the Buddha’s Last Teachings 7. The Scripture on Fully Perfected Enlightenment 7.1. Translator’s Introduction 7.2. The Scripture on Fully Perfected Enlightenment 8. Bodhidharma’s Discourse on Pure Meditation 8.1. Translator’s Introduction 8.2. Bodhidharma’s Discourse on Pure Meditation