Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students [NOOK Book]

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Encouraging Words is a collection of short talks and brief essays that Aitken Rashi has offered his students at meditation retreats during the past two decades. They are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers -- attention, emptiness, coming and going, diligence, death and the afterlife, the sacred self, and the moral path. Aitken provides guidance on pursuing religious practice in a lay context, "re-casting the Dharma to include women, jobs, and family." He also charts his own quest to ...
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Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students

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Overview

Encouraging Words is a collection of short talks and brief essays that Aitken Rashi has offered his students at meditation retreats during the past two decades. They are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers -- attention, emptiness, coming and going, diligence, death and the afterlife, the sacred self, and the moral path. Aitken provides guidance on pursuing religious practice in a lay context, "re-casting the Dharma to include women, jobs, and family." He also charts his own quest to develop a set of moral codes in keeping with Buddhism's basic precepts and honoring the enormous ethical challenges faced in the twentieth century.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Aitken's title says it all. Encouraging Words will appeal to both beginning and advanced lay Zen students who seek to integrate their spiritual practice into everyday life. Curious readers will be rewarded, too. Here is a teacher both wise and practical in equal measure."--Honolulu Advertiser. Now in paperback.

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"The inspiration that guided monks and nuns in ancient times is our own deepest incentive as we establish our practice in a world that desperately needs new forms of kinship and love."

-- Robert Aitken

"Aitken's title says it all. Encouraging Words will appeal to both beginning and advanced Zen lay students who seek to integrate their spiritual practice into everyday life. Curious readers will be rewarded, too. Here is a teacher both wise and practical in equal measure."

-- RONN RONCK,

Honolulu Advertiser

Encouraging Words was nominated for the Tricycle Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Buddhism in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307772510
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/8/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 606,837
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Words in the Dojo 1
Introduction 3
The First Night 6
Coming Home 9
The World Does Zazen 11
Emptiness 14
Condition 17
The Single Point 22
Carry Your Practice Lightly 24
Attention 27
Coming and Going 30
Patience 33
The Sacred Self 35
Becoming Settled 38
Switch-Back to Mu 40
Diligence 43
The Dark Night 48
Simple and Clear 51
Like a Dream 53
The Last Night 54
Afterword 56
Notes 57
Words from the Roshi 61
Introduction 63
The Middle Way 65
Using the Self 68
Ordinary Mind Is the Tao 73
Cycles and Stages 79
The Moral Path 86
Dreams and Archetypes 94
Impermanence 105
The Lay Sangha 107
Koan Study and Its Implications 118
Integrity and Nobility 123
The Net of Indra 127
Nonviolence within the Zendo and Outside 131
About Practice 136
Death and the Afterlife 147
Notes 148
The Syllabus 155
Introduction 157
Lattice of the Dharma 161
Wu-men kuan: Case I 166
The Zen Buddhist Sutra Book 168
Schedule of Services 168
The Gathas 170
The Sutras and a Dharani 172
The Dedications and the Evening Message 180
Mealtime Sutras 185
The Jukai Ceremony 189
Roshi's Introduction 189
The Three Vows of Refuge 190
The Three Pure Precepts 191
The Ten Grave Precepts 191
Verse of the Rakusu 194
Dedication 195
The Sesshin 197
Daily Schedule 197
Leadership 198
The Three Essentials 200
Dojo Percussion Instruments 202
A Glossary of Buddhist Terms and Usages 205
An Annotated Bibliography 224
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