Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center - 1968-2001

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In the 1960s, the San Francisco Zen Center established itself as a focal point for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism. Lectures and talks given at the center and compiled for this collection cover such topics as applying Zen to family life ('Karma, Dharma, and Diapers'), to other disciplines ('Facing the Darkness in Buddhism and Psychotherapy'), and to artistic creation ('Creation in an Instant').
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Overview

In the 1960s, the San Francisco Zen Center established itself as a focal point for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism. Lectures and talks given at the center and compiled for this collection cover such topics as applying Zen to family life ('Karma, Dharma, and Diapers'), to other disciplines ('Facing the Darkness in Buddhism and Psychotherapy'), and to artistic creation ('Creation in an Instant').
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"Michael Wenger’s anthology covers the smell and taste of life at the San Francisco Zen Center. The selections from famous teachers and ordinary students touch on almost every aspect of Zen life and practice."
—Robert Bella, coauthor of The Good Society

"This book presents the varied Zen Center communities viscerally and clearly. Suzuki Roshi’s wonderful lectures, the talks by his disciples, the growing and shared understanding of practice and the honest effort and the high-standards of this seminal Sangha are clearly revealed. Wind Bell is a vital record of what making American Zen is."
—Peter Coyote, author of Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle

Publishers Weekly
From its simple mimeographed beginnings 40 years ago, the San Francisco Zen Center's subscription magazine, Wind Bell, has matured to celebrate its great reach in this first-ever, handsome treasury. It is ably edited by Wenger (Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness), the San Francisco Zen Center's Dean of Buddhist Studies and Zen Center Publications. He has crafted an open door for the curious, the nostalgic and the devoted to see the seminal work of this Zen center, arguably the foremost in America, in a city whose Zen history can be traced back more than a century. After Gretel Ehrlich's sweeping, clarifying foreword, the first section contains four selections from Wind Bell's "one consistent touchstone": founder Suzuki Roshi's lectures. The second section embodies the center's dharma as expressed through its former abbots, abbesses and teachers. Section three features visiting teachers such as Robert Thurman, the first ordained American-Tibetan Buddhist monk, and the venerable Vietnamese spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hahn. Section four explores elements of traditional practice, including dharma transmission, while the final section, "Everyday Zen," embraces the commonplace sublimeness of child-rearing, cooking, painting, the lessons of trees and much more. Through graceful, quiet design, this book's ample illustrations reveal the places and faces of Buddhism's American foundation. This simple, rich book captures Zen's durable and ephemeral strength. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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The San Francisco Zen Center is one of the most important Zen institutions in the United States. For years, its newsletter, Wind Bell, has contained some of the most profound and useful writings available on Zen practice. In this first, welcome collection of those writings, Wenger, the center's dean, presents the teachings of both monks and laity and essays on topics as diverse as Zazen (sitting meditation) and apple crisp (which includes a recipe as well as a brief account of life in a Zen monastery). Opening with four talks by the center's founding abbot, (Shunryu) Suzuki Roshi, the book also features articles by various Zen teachers associated with the center, including "Four Views of Love" and "Buddha's Miraculous Power"; talks by several visiting Americans, including Robert Thurman; works on traditional practice like Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) transmission; and other wonderful essays applying insights from Zen to everyday life. This insightful anthology demonstrates the range and depth of Zen teachings in this country and is highly recommended. [For a recent history of the center, especially the abuses of former abbot Richard Baker, readers are directed to Michael Downing's Shoes Outside the Door, LJ 10/1/01. Ed.] David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556433818
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Suzuki Roshi Lectures
The Trikaya 3
One Particle of Dust 25
The True Dragon 33
Zazen, Rituals, and Precepts Cannot Be Separated 39
Zen Center Teachers
Awakening the Will-Body 49
True Heart: Raising the Banner of Truth 57
Four Views of Love 65
Cultivating Beginner's Mind 71
Buddha's Miraculous Power 77
Suzuki Roshi's Teaching of Shikantaza 83
Suzuki Roshi's Practice of Shikantaza 89
Sesshin Talk on Blue Cliff Record Case 52 93
What Is This? 103
Acedia and the Good Friend 111
Visiting Teachers
On Right Translation of Buddhist Terms 123
Vimalakirti 139
Watering the Seeds of Buddhism 151
The 100-Foot Pole and Buddhist Path Systems 163
Meditating with Anger 175
Why Dogen? 183
Traditional Practice: warm hand to warm hand
Memorial Service Lecture 191
Lay Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony 199
Zazen Posture 213
Dharma Transmission 219
Everyday Zen
A Yurok Story 237
Facing the Darkness in Buddhism and Psychotherapy 243
Karma, Dharma, and Diapers 251
Apple Crisp 259
Buddhism and Self-Healing 263
Seventy-seven Years of My Life 273
Creation in the Instant: An Interview with Gordon Onslow-Ford 279
Letting Go, Falling to Rest: Hospice Work and Zen Practice 289
Chews Ridge Ceremony 297
Sitting Together Under a Dead Tree 301
The Agony of Hate 305
Fire Comes to Tassajara 311
The Oxherding Pictures 319
Mondo 322
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