The Matter of Zen: A Brief Account of Zazen, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Matter of Zen

A Brief Account of Zazen, 1st Edition

By Paul Wienpahl


176 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138666207
pub: 2017-10-02
Hardback: 9781138657922
pub: 2016-04-26
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315619910
pub: 2016-05-05
from $20.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism

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.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies