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Zen is Eternal Life

1st Edition

By Jiyu Kennett


374 pages

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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 translations of the teachings of Zen Masters Dōgen and Keizan.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Stem of the Lotus 1.1. History of the Buddha According to Zen Belief 1.2. Basic Original Doctrines Essential to Zen 1.3. Growth of Zen from Basic Hinayana Doctrine 1.4. The Necessity of Zazen or Meditation Practice 1.5. The Necessity of Understanding the Heart of Avalokitesvara 1.6. Activity in the Heart of Samantabhadra 1.7. The Heart of Manjusri 1.8. What are Kōans? 1.9. Apostolic Succession Part 2. The Teachings of Dōgen Zenji 2.1. Introduction to the Translations 2.2. Shushōgi (What is Truly Meant by Training and Enlightenment) 2.3. Eihei-shingi (Dōgen’s Monastic Rules) 2.4. Gakudō-yōjinshū (Important Aspects of Zazen) 2.5. Shōbōgenzō (The Treasury-Eye of the True Teaching) 2.6. Kyōjukaimon (Giving and Receiving the Teaching of the Precepts) Part 3. The Teachings of Keizan Zenji 3.1. Introduction to the Translations 3.2. Denkōroku (Transmission of the Light) 3.3. Sankon-zazen-setsu (The Three Types of Personalities Resulting from Training)

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.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies