Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation

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Spiritual practice is not some kind of striving to produce enlightenment, but an expression of the enlightenment already inherent in all things: Such is the Zen teaching of Dogen Zenji (1200–1253) whose profound writings have been studied and revered for more than seven hundred years, influencing practitioners far beyond his native Japan and the Soto school he is credited with founding. In focusing on Dogen's most practical words of instruction and encouragement for Zen students, this new collection highlights ...

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Overview

Spiritual practice is not some kind of striving to produce enlightenment, but an expression of the enlightenment already inherent in all things: Such is the Zen teaching of Dogen Zenji (1200–1253) whose profound writings have been studied and revered for more than seven hundred years, influencing practitioners far beyond his native Japan and the Soto school he is credited with founding. In focusing on Dogen's most practical words of instruction and encouragement for Zen students, this new collection highlights the timelessness of his teaching and shows it to be as applicable to anyone today as it was in the great teacher's own time. Selections include Dogen's famous meditation instructions; his advice on the practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; guidelines for community life; and some of his most inspirational talks. Also included are a bibliography and an extensive glossary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300244
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 980,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Dogen (1200–1253) is known as the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen sect.

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Notes to the reader
Texts and translation credits
Introduction
Entering Zazen
Recommending Zazen to all people 3
Rules for Zazen 7
Informal talks 9
On the endeavor of the way 12
Zazen experience
The point of Zazen 37
King of Samadhis 50
One bright pearl 54
Dragon song 59
Great enlightenment 63
Ocean Mudra Samadhi 71
Awesome presence of active Buddhas 79
Zazen in community
Regulations for the auxiliary cloud hall 99
Guidelines for practice of the way 103
Practice period 118
Zazen through the seasons
Formal talks 143
Glossary of terms 151
Glossary of names 169
Selected bibliography 183
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