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, first published in 1978, includes translations of some rare texts on Zen and the Ways. One is a sixteenth-century Zen text complied from Kamakura temple records of the previous three centuries; others are translated from the ‘secret scrolls’ of fencing, archery, Judo and so on.
Part 1. Zen 1. Introduction 2. Koan Zen 3. Mushin 4. The Wave 5. Dragon-Head Snake-Tail Part 2. Kamakura Zen 6. Introduction 7. Political Background 8. Daikaku 9. On Meditation (‘Zazenron’) 10. Sayings of Daikaku 11. Bukko 12. Outline of Bukko’s Teachings Part 3. Kamakura Koans 13. Introduction 14. The Heart Sutra 15. Shōnankattōroku Koans Part 4. The Ways 16. Introduction 17. Zen and the Ways 18. Ri and Ji 19. Shin and Ki 20. Isshin and Zanshin 21. Not Setting the Mind 22. Thrust Without Thrusting 23. Falling 24. Faith 25. Dragon Masks Part 5. Texts of the Ways 26. Introduction 27. Heihokadensho (about AD 1630) 28. Songs of the Way of the Spear 29. Itto School (late sixteenth century) 30. Shin-no-Shin-To-Ryu (Jujutsu school, late eighteenth century) 31. Tengugeijutsuron Part 6. Stories of the Ways 32. Reading a Zen Story 33. Tesshu 34. Disadvantages 35. Endurance 36. Inner Archery 37. Teaching Methods 38. Janken 39. The Rat 40. Music 41. The Bell 42. The Fortune-Teller 43. The Pencil Stub Appendices 1. Imai Fukuzan’s Introduction to Shōnankattōroku 2. Imai Fukuzan’s Introduction to Warrior Zen 3. Index of Names and Technical Terms
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.