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 current interest in Zen.
1. The First Step 2. Zazen 3. Aids to Zazen 4. Further Directions 5. Simplicity I 6. Simplicity II 7. Sanzen and the Koan 8. Satori 9. Other Aids for Zazen 10. Zazen Overlooked 11. Zazen, Not Quietism 12. The Vigor in Zazen 13. From Sayings of Rinzai 14. The Hard Work: Sesshin 15. Ladder Zen and the Paradoxes 16. Some History 17. The Theory 18. Zen and Psychoanalysis 19. Zen and Philosophy 20. Ryoan-ji: the Practice Again 21. Listening 22. Lectures I 23. Lectures II
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.