Original Dwelling Place: Zen Buddhist Essays

Original Dwelling Place: Zen Buddhist Essays

by Robert Aitken
     
 

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In this collection of twenty-three essays, Robert Aitken retraces the origins of American Zen Buddhism and provides readings of influential texts. Reflecting on death, on marriage, and on Zen practice, Aitken always points out the path to pleasure in the everyday "dewdrop" world.

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In this collection of twenty-three essays, Robert Aitken retraces the origins of American Zen Buddhism and provides readings of influential texts. Reflecting on death, on marriage, and on Zen practice, Aitken always points out the path to pleasure in the everyday "dewdrop" world.

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Larry Smith
...[A] diverse collection of...essays [etc.] on Zen Buddhist figures and topics....[Its] core task [is] to "take up Buddhism as a religion of infinite compassion"....Robert Aitken confirms in his practice and his words that Buddhism is a transforming practice.
Parabola
Library Journal
Aitken, the first American Zen Roshi (master) and, since 1959, a teacher at the Diamond Sangha in Hawaii, continues to be one of the most articulate American presenters of Zen Buddhism. This collection of some of his previously published essays clearly shows why he has this reputation. In the first section, entitled "Ancestors," Aitken offers a marvelous look into his own spiritual development as he recalls some of the important things about his early teachers. In the second section, "The Classical Discourses," Aitken discusses three important Zen texts, including the Brahma Viharas, or "Four Noble Attitudes of Conduct." Though the texts may be unfamiliar to many, Aitken provides enough background to lead even the casual reader to a deeper understanding of their meaning and their importance in Zen. In the remaining two sections, "Practice" and "Taking Pleasure in the Dharma," Aitken discusses such diverse topics as koans, marriage, money, and "Wallace Stevens and Zen." -- David Bourquin, California State University, San Bernardino

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887178419
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.77(d)

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