The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective

The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective

by Robert Aitken
     
 

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America's most senior Zen Roshi presents the "Transcendental Perfections": Giving, Morality, Patience, Zeal, Meditation, Wisdom, Compassion, Aspiration, Spiritual Power, and Knowledge. These 2,000-year-old ideas serve as both methods and goals to develop one's spiritual and moral life. Includes question and answer sections. See more details below

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America's most senior Zen Roshi presents the "Transcendental Perfections": Giving, Morality, Patience, Zeal, Meditation, Wisdom, Compassion, Aspiration, Spiritual Power, and Knowledge. These 2,000-year-old ideas serve as both methods and goals to develop one's spiritual and moral life. Includes question and answer sections.

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Library Journal
Aitken, one of the foremost teachers of Zen in the West, has written several notable books on its practice, including Taking the Path of Zen, a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a translation of The Mumonkan, one of Zen's central collections of koans. Here he does an admirable job of exploring the meaning of the Paramitas, or perfections. The Paramitas, a part of all Buddhist traditions, are somewhat in the nature of guidelines or ideals, attention to which can deepen one's understanding and Buddhist practice. Aitken devotes one chapter to each of the 10 perfections, giving for each several pages of background and explanation followed by a question-and-answer section transcribed from dialogs with students. This is an excellent book, geared primarily toward those with some knowledge and experience of Zen practice. -- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College Library, New York
Larry Smith
[A book] about practice, about clothing yourself and being at home...His tone is conversational and direct, his style mindful, reflective, often poetic....His goal is to connect with the long history of practicing the Zen way by personalizing the teachings and tying them to social action. -- Parabola

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887178402
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.73(d)

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