The Art of Just Sitting: Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

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This comprehensive and unparalleled volume brings together a wealth of writings, from Bodhidharma and Dogen to the most prominent modern teachers, collecting the substantial core of centuries of Zen teachings.
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When Loori, now abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, began his Buddhist practice, he couldn't find much written on the subject of zazen (sitting meditation). This anthology's 22 selections seek to fill that perceived void. Eight ancient voices such as the Fourth Ancestor of Chinese Zen Great Master Dayi (A.D. 580-651) and Eihei Dogen (A.D. 1200-1253), the most important Japanese Zen master, are translated by accomplished scholars such as Thomas Cleary. Beyond a half dozen supporting texts in the glossary, the other selections are by contemporary authors such as Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind). Taken together, the writing spans 1,500 years, all pointing to the practice of "just sitting," whereby no object (breath, candle, mandala, mantra, etc.) is used as a meditation focus. Differing from the other type of zazen wherein koans are studied, shikantaza-just sitting-is less pointed in its intent and methods. There are specific instructions here for location, posture and mental state, which will be helpful for beginners. Advanced practitioners can benefit from the more esoteric thoughts about "non-thinking." Minor flaws include repetitions about technique and contradictions about breath, the need for a teacher and so on. In the main, however, Loori has compiled a useful guide to "just sitting," promising "if you were to live for a hundred thousand years, you would never find in this life anything more powerful, more healing, [and] more empowering." (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861713271
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (MA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST WISDOM
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Hongzhi, Dogen and the Background of Shikantaza 1
Editor's Note 11
Guidepost of Silent Illumination 13
Cultivating the Empty Field 15
Zazengi: Rules for Zazen 19
Fukanzazengi: Universal Recommendations for Zazen 21
Zazenshin: Lancet of Seated Meditation 25
Zazen Yojinki 41
Shikantaza 51
The Tenzo Kyokun and Shikantaza 55
Talk on Wholehearted Practice of the Way 63
No Dualism 67
Commentary on Fukanzazengi 71
How to Sit 95
To Live Is Just to Live 101
To Study the Self 105
On "Silent Illustration" 117
Nanyue Polishes a Tile 127
Yaoshan's Non-Thinking 135
Suzuki Roshi's Practice of Shikantaza 145
A Coin Lost in the River Is Found in the River 149
Just Sitting 155
Will You Sit with Me? 161
Yangshan's Mind and Environment 167
Satipatthana Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulness 177
Bloodstream Sermon 187
The Fundamental Expedient Teachings for Calming the Mind That Attains Enlightenment 191
Treatise on the Supreme Vehicle 205
The Platform Sutra 217
Jewel Mirror of Samadhi 221
Who's Who 225
Permissions Credits 231
Index 235
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