Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice

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Here is the first major collection of the teachings of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the first Japanese Zen masters to bring Zen to the West and founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild, California. These short, inspiring readings illuminate Zen practice in simple, eloquent language. Topics include zazen and Zen koans, how to appreciate your life as the life of the Buddha, and the essential matter of life and death.

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Overview

Here is the first major collection of the teachings of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the first Japanese Zen masters to bring Zen to the West and founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild, California. These short, inspiring readings illuminate Zen practice in simple, eloquent language. Topics include zazen and Zen koans, how to appreciate your life as the life of the Buddha, and the essential matter of life and death.

Appreciate Your Life conveys Maezumi Roshi's unique spirit and teaching style, as well as his timeless insights into the practice of Zen. Never satisfied with merely conveying ideas, his teisho, the Zen talks he gave weekly and during retreats, evoked personal questions from his students. Maezumi Roshi insisted that his students address these questions in their own lives. As he often said, "Be intimate with your life."

The readings are not teachings or instructions in the traditional sense. They are transcriptions of the master's teisho, living presentations of his direct experience of Zen realization. These teisho are crystalline offerings of Zen insight intended to reach beyond the student's intellect to her or his deepest essence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629167
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2002
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 806,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931–1995) was a seminal figure in the transmission of Zen Buddhism to the West. He was founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) from 1967 to 1995 and of Zen Mountain Center from 1978 to 1995. He and his successors also founded Zen centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Maezumi Roshi established The Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values, which promotes Buddhist scholarship and publishes, with the University of Hawaii Press, translations of East Asian Buddhist classics. He coauthored On Zen Practice: Foundation of Practice, On Zen Practice II: Body, Breath and Mind, and The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment. He also provided the commentary for The Way of Everyday Life: Zen Master Dogen's Genjokoan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 The Essence of Zen
Appreciate Your Life 3
Endowed from the Start 7
Three "Pillows" of Zen 13
The Dharma Seals 17
Why Zazen? 19
Do It Over and Over and Over 22
Close the Gap between Yourself and Yourself 26
The Answer Is Simple 29
Your Zazen Is the Zazen of the Buddhas 33
Practice the Paramitas 35
On Ceremonial Action 40
Pt. 2 Clarify the Great Matter
What Is Koan? 47
Koan and Shikantaza 49
Raise the Bodhi Mind 54
Realize Your Life as Koan 57
Pain, Fear, and Frustration 60
Intimacy of Relative and Absolute 63
Clarify the Great Matter 67
Save All Sentient Beings 70
Koans of Zazen 74
Pure in Heart 78
Copying Sutras 81
Pt. 3 Where Is the Hindrance?
Where Is the Hindrance? 87
See the Shadow of the Whip 90
The Seven Wise Sisters 94
Live the Life of Impermanence 98
Diversity and the "Right Way" 104
Thusness 106
On Becoming a Buddhist 110
On Life and Death 112
Blossoms of Nirvana 117
Unknown Life and Death 119
Shakyamuni Buddha and I Are Practicing Together 122
Appendix 125
Glossary 137
Bibliography 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great Book

    Born and raised in Japan, I truely enjoy reading this book to reconnect with foundation for my life although I was raised as a buddhist in another sect.

    Only thing was page 39 and 40 are in reverse order. These pages were cut in half so I can not read the entirety on these two pages at all.

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