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Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism


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This eleven-volume set gathers together some essential texts on Zen Buddhism. They range from newly-translated sixteenth-century documents from a Japanese temple to a modern work on the usefulness of Zen precepts in the ‘helping professions’ of medicine and the social services. Works also detail the rigours of training for a life as a Buddhist priest, the links between yoga and Zen, Zen and swordsmanship, and other Japanese Zen traditions.

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Buddhist Writings on Meditation and Daily Practice The Serene Reflection Tradition. Including the complete Scripture of Brahma's Net

Buddhist Writings on Meditation and Daily Practice: The Serene Reflection Tradition. Including the complete Scripture of Brahma's Net

1st Edition

By
September 20, 2018

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...

The Matter of Zen A Brief Account of Zazen

The Matter of Zen: A Brief Account of Zazen

1st Edition

By Paul Wienpahl
October 09, 2017

This book, first published in 1964, concerns the practice of Zen Buddhism. The practice is a particular form of meditation. In Japan, the only country in which it is any longer seriously pursued, the practice is called zazen. The author directs attention to zazen because it is being overlooked in ...

The Wild, White Goose The Diary of a Female Zen Priest

The Wild, White Goose: The Diary of a Female Zen Priest

1st Edition

By Jiyu Kennett
October 09, 2017

This book, first published as two volumes in 1977 and 1978, was published purely for the purpose of showing how Buddhist training was done by the Reverend Jiyu-Kennett in the Far East. The material for the book was taken from diaries covering eight years spent by the author in Far Eastern temples, ...

Zen and Confucius in the Art of Swordsmanship The 'Tengu-geijutsu-ron' of Chozan Shissai

Zen and Confucius in the Art of Swordsmanship: The 'Tengu-geijutsu-ron' of Chozan Shissai

1st Edition

By Reinhard Kammer
October 09, 2017

The sword has played an important role in the Japanese consciousness since ancient times. The earliest swords, made of bronze or stone, were clearly, by their design and form, used for ritualistic purposes rather than as weapons. Later, swords were associated only with the warrior class, and lack ...

Zen in the Art of Helping

Zen in the Art of Helping

1st Edition

By David Brandon
October 09, 2017

A succinct, uncompromising study of what it means to help other people, this book, first published in 1978, examines the helping process in the light of the principles of Zen Buddhism. Emphasizing the Zen precepts of true compassion, newness and Taoistic change, it explains how a helper can break ...

Zen is Eternal Life

Zen is Eternal Life

1st Edition

By Jiyu Kennett
October 09, 2017

This book, first published as Selling Water by the River in 1972, is a practical and inspirational manual for all who wish to practice Zen. Rōshi P.T.N.H. Jiyu-Kennett, the founder and former abbess of Shasta Abbey, expertly combines an introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhism with original ...

A First Zen Reader

A First Zen Reader

1st Edition

By Trevor Leggett
April 25, 2016

When Zen Buddhism crossed from China to Japan in the twelfth century, it entered a phase of development that was not only to inspire a magnificent range of artistic achievement but also to exert a tremendous influence upon Japanese life itself and, eventually, to bring to the attention of the West ...

Encounters in Yoga and Zen Meetings of Cloth and Stone

Encounters in Yoga and Zen: Meetings of Cloth and Stone

1st Edition

By Trevor Leggett
April 25, 2016

This book, first published in 1982, collects a fascinating selection from the many traditional Japanese and Indian stories used by teachers in the Eastern spiritual schools to assist students in their training. The author, who spent many years training in both yoga and Zen, has collected the ...

Lotus Lake Dragon Pool Musings in Yoga and Zen

Lotus Lake Dragon Pool: Musings in Yoga and Zen

1st Edition

By Trevor Leggett
April 25, 2016

This book, first published in 1994, brings together the rich and complementary traditions of yoga and Zen. The lessons they contain serve always to guide and inform, never to lecture or preach. From accounts of long-ago kings and sages to stories of contemporary businessmen and students come ...

Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism

Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism

1st Edition

By Various
April 25, 2016

This eleven-volume set gathers together some essential texts on Zen Buddhism. They range from newly-translated sixteenth-century documents from a Japanese temple to a modern work on the usefulness of Zen precepts in the ‘helping professions’ of medicine and the social services. Works also detail ...

The Tiger's Cave Translations of Japanese Zen Texts (Second Zen Reader)

The Tiger's Cave: Translations of Japanese Zen Texts (Second Zen Reader)

1st Edition

By Trevor Leggett
April 25, 2016

The Japanese texts translated here give a fascinating picture of actual Zen life – the life of the traditional temple training, with many stories and a number of historical incidents connected with Zen masters. The main text is the important commentary by a contemporary Soto Zen abbot on the Heart ...

Zen and the Ways

Zen and the Ways

1st Edition

By Trevor Leggett
April 25, 2016

Expression of Zen inspiration in everyday activities such as writing or serving tea, and in knightly arts such as fencing, came to be highly regarded in the Japanese tradition. In the end some of them were practised as spiritual training as themselves; they were the n called ‘Ways’. This book, ...

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