The Essence of Zen

The Teachings of Sekkei Harada

The Essence of Zen

The Essence of Zen is an expert's guided tour of the ins and outs of the tradition's approach to meditation, enlightenment, and the oneness of all things. To read it is to enter into one of modern Japanese Zen's most subtle and sophisticated minds. Sekkei Harada skillfully pushes us to drop those parts of ourselves that grasp and make demands regarding our understanding or progress in meditation practice. He enables us to see clearly-and steer clear of-the philosophical stumbling blocks that can make the path precarious. The Essence of Zen represents the most succinct of his teachings, making it of immediate value to anyone with an interest in Zen. The book also contains Harada's explanations of the differences between the tradition's primary schools, making it particularly helpful to newcomers.

An Americanês Journey into Buddhism

An Americanês Journey into Buddhism

Structured as a patchwork of conversations, recollections, and lyrical encounters, this rich spiritual autobiography allows readers to eavesdrop on a restless soul in quest of self, God, and home. The memoir tells the story of an American who became intrigued by Buddhism through his love of Asian art and who decided to study the discipline in a Japanese Soto Zen monastery. In Part One, the author gives an account of his life in the Hosshinji monastery in Obama, Japan, detailing his daily routine and his participation in a traditional Takuhatsu almsgiving ceremony, a Sesshin period of intensive meditation, and a Jukai Buddhist initiation ceremony. Part Two describes the author's difficult search for a Buddhist temple to continue his religious practices upon returning to the United States. Part Three deals with the author's involvement in the International Institute for Field-Being and details how his Buddhist training helped prepare him for that venture. Part Four describes obstacles the author has encountered as a lone Buddhism practitioner since his training.

Zen and the White Whale

A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick

Zen and the White Whale

In Moby-Dick’s wide philosophical musings and central narrative arch, Herman finds a philosophy very closely aligned specifically with the original teachings of Zen Buddhism. In exploring the likelihood of this hitherto undiscovered influence, Herman looks at works Melville is either known to have read or that there is a strong likelihood of his having come across, as well as offering a more expansive consideration of Moby-Dick from a Zen Buddhist perspective, as it is expressed in both ancient and modern teachings. But not only does the book delve deeply into one of the few aspects of Moby-Dick’s construction left unexplored by scholars, it also conceives of an entirely new way of reading the greatest of American books—offering critical re-considerations of many of its most crucial and contentious issues, while focusing on what Melville has to teach us about coping with adversity, respecting ideological diversity, and living skillfully in a fickle, slippery world.

Grace Under Pressure: Martial Arts and Sports Hypnosis

Grace Under Pressure: Martial Arts and Sports Hypnosis

By engaging in this book you will learn straightforward techniques that will have an impact on your performance both as a coach and as an athlete. Although framed in martial arts, this book is just relevant for all sportsmen and women, and coaches. And full of examples and anecdotes from many sports. Written by experienced martial arts teachers who have been using hypnosis as integral to their teaching for many years this book will show you everything you need to be able to: Use Hypnosis elegantly in your teaching Hypnotise groups and individuals Use Hypnotic techniques to improve your skills and the skills of others Use Self Hypnosis effectively Take control of your brain and your emotions And more...

Unfathomable Depths

Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem

Unfathomable Depths

Navigate a forgotten classic poem and enrich your practice with famed Zen master Sekkei Harada. Three of the most pressing issues in any discussion of modern Zen are the true nature and function of Dharma transmission, how to appropriately practice with koans, and how to understand the "just sitting" of Soto Zen. Zen master Sekkei Harada uses the enigmatic "Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth" as the basis of his practical and theoretical discussion of these concerns. Unfathomable Depths presents a concise treatment of Soto theory and practice, while delivering approachable and workable advice from one of Zen's most esteemed teachers. Rooting himself in Tong'an Changcha's classical poem, Harada intimately speaks to the world of Zen today.

Emerson and Zen Buddhism

Emerson and Zen Buddhism

What CHOICE says: Like many other titles in this Mellen series, Rudy's volume defies definition as a straightforward piece of literary analysis. Emerson had an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism, and Rudy considers Emerson not as a literary essayist and poet but as a spiritual guide for contemporary readers. He sees parallels between Emerson's implied lessons and his preferred state of consciousness with those of Zen Buddhism. Rudy's book is not an examination of the influence of Eastern thought on Emerson. Such a study was written as early as 1932 by Arthur Christy (The Orient in American Transcendentalism). Instead, focusing on Emerson's major essays, Rudy shows how Emerson's mind worked in similar ways to those of the Zen masters. Both Emerson and the Zen masters did the spiritual work of "emptying" in striving to achieve what the Buddhists call "nonattachment." Rudy works to establish a dialog between the East and the West through Emerson and implies a validation of the meditative dynamics of "voidist" spirituality by finding connections between the two. Like Richard Geldard's The Esoteric Emerson: The Spiritual Teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1993), Rudy's book updates Emerson for the contemporary seeker. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.

Tricycle

The Buddhist Review

Tricycle