Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership

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This guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Chinese Zen masters. Drawing on private records, letters, and long-lost documents of the Song dynasty (tenth to thirteenth centuries), Zen Lessons consists of short excerpts written in language that is accessible to the reader without any background in Eastern philosophy. This book serves as a guide to recognizing the qualities of a genuine Zen teacher; it also serves as a study of the character and ...
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Overview

This guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Chinese Zen masters. Drawing on private records, letters, and long-lost documents of the Song dynasty (tenth to thirteenth centuries), Zen Lessons consists of short excerpts written in language that is accessible to the reader without any background in Eastern philosophy. This book serves as a guide to recognizing the qualities of a genuine Zen teacher; it also serves as a study of the character and conduct necessary for the mastery of any position of power and authority—whether religious, social, political, or organizational.

This guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Zen masters of China and is easily accessible to readers who have little or no background in Eastern philosophy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628832
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2004
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 793,688
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the translator of more than fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction xiii
Notes on Sources xxi
1. Enlightened Virtue 1
2. Study and Learning 1
3. Great and Small Evil 2
4. Honesty 2
5. A Vessel of Enlightenment 3
6. Modesty 4
7. Rules 4
8. Worry and Trouble 5
9. A Swift Bird 6
10. Work and the Way 6
11. Hot and Cold 7
12. Safety and Danger 7
13. Three Essentials of Leadership 8
14. Incompatibility 9
15. Leadership and the Community 10
16. Vermilion Outhouses 11
17. Mastering Mind 11
18. Mistrust 12
19. The House of Homeleavers 12
20. Chan Adepts 13
21. Chan Communities 14
22. Knowing People 14
23. Virtue and Benevolence 15
24. Mastery in Both Worlds 16
25. An Inscrutable Buddha 17
26. Great Light 17
27. Essentials of Leadership 18
28. Worry 18
29. The Self-Pointer 19
30. Defeatism 20
31. Speech and Action 20
32. Seeing Through 21
33. Study without Turning Away from People 22
34. Acting Too Early 23
35. Continuing Education 23
36. Decisions 24
37. Personnel Problems 25
38. Graduate Studies 25
39. Sages and Ordinary People 26
40. Being in the World without Misery 26
41. Communication of Hearts 27
42. Make the Way Wide 29
43. No Deception 29
44. The Chief Elder 30
45. Passing the Test 30
46. Farther and Farther 31
47. Will 31
48. Adding Dirt to a Mountain 31
49. Loss of Integrity 32
50. Mind and Traces 32
51. Don't Rush 33
52. The Call of Duty 33
53. Hypocrisy 34
54. Genuine Care 35
55. The Use of Finery 35
56. Advice to a King 36
57. The Just 36
58. Adaptation 37
59. Selecting Associates 37
60. Knowing People 38
61. Insects 38
62. Loftiness of Spirit 39
63. Sincere Liking for Learning 39
64. Timing 40
65. Too Late 40
66. Back to Basics 41
67. Gradual Development 41
68. Narrowmindedness and Indulgence 42
69. Gain and Loss 42
70. Overreaching Oneself 43
71. Be Careful 44
72. Good Leadership 45
73. Two Winds 46
74. The Obvious and the Unknown 47
75. Beyond the Range of Arrows 48
76. Commitment 49
77. An Inimitable Teacher 49
78. Self-Examination 50
79. Storage and Development 51
80. Sincerity and Truthfulness 51
81. Correcting Faults 52
82. The Phoenix and the Wolf 53
83. Winning People 53
84. The Community Mind 54
85. Leadership and Pride 54
86. Beginning and End 55
87. Precedents 55
88. Election 56
89. The Best People 57
90. Mind and Environment 57
91. Frugality 58
92. Deep and Shallow 58
93. Lasting Peace 59
94. Conduct 60
95. The Air of the Ancients 60
96. Considered Action 61
97. Culture 61
98. Rules 62
99. Slogans 63
100. See Yourself 63
101. Recognizing a Teacher 64
102. Balance 64
103. Habit 65
104. The Bequest of Extravagance 65
105. The State of the Community 65
106. What Are You Doing? 66
107. The Influence of Conduct 67
108. Retirement Home 68
109. Education 68
110. Great Teaching 69
111. Expectations 70
112. Nothing to Be Ashamed Of 70
113. Beyond the Reach of Monks 71
114. Signs of Good Government 72
115. Insidious Destruction 72
116. Iron Face Bing 73
117. Inner Mastery, Outer Rectitude 73
118. Someone of Perception 74
119. Reflection 74
120. A Wearer of the Patchwork Robe 75
121. Energy and Will 76
122. Persecution 76
123. Human Figures 77
124. A Life of Freedom 77
125. Rich and Noble 78
126. Learners and Dilettantes 79
127. Self and Others 79
128. Not in the Forefront 80
129. The Quickest Shortcut 80
130. Sincerity and Trustworthiness 81
131. Materialism and the Way 81
132. Impartiality 82
133. Nature 82
134. Feelings 83
135. Discerning Feelings 83
136. Natural Selection 84
137. Controlling Bias 85
138. Objectivity 86
139. Heart-to-Heart Communication 86
140. Government 87
141. The Mean 88
142. Peace amid Violence 88
143. Whom to Elect 89
144. Impartiality 89
145. Examples 90
146. Nominees 91
147. Common Sense 91
148. Misrepresentation 92
149. A Memorial 92
150. The Quality of Candidates 93
151. Division of Responsibilities 94
152. Exile of a Master 94
153. Criticism 96
154. Safety in the Community 96
155. Making a Community Flourish 97
156. Troubles 98
157. Charades 98
158. Grandees and Chan Teachers 99
159. Authoritarianism 100
160. Chan History 100
161. Some Bad Habits 102
162. A False Teaching 102
163. Gifts of Teaching 103
164. A Chan Master 104
165. Buddhahood in This Life 104
166. Casual Attire 105
167. Showboats 106
168. Personal Responsibility 106
169. Uniforms 106
170. The Discipline of Awareness 107
171. Four Limbs of Leadership 107
172. Thinking of Trouble 108
173. A Direct Shortcut 109
174. Nipping in the Bud 110
175. A Thousand Days of Effort 110
176. Trading Off 111
177. Moving People 111
178. A Retirement 112
179. The Derelict Age 113
180. Watering Melons at Midday 115
181. A Testimonial 116
182. A Demonstration 116
183. A Diagnosis 117
184. The Blue Cliff Record 118
185. No Fixed Classes 119
186. Leadership Training 119
187. Penetrating Obstruction by Reason 120
188. Teaching Government Officials 121
189. The Peril of Leadership 121
190. Killed but Not Shamed 122
191. Choosing Assistants 122
192. Superficiality and Depth 122
193. The Mind of Saints and Sages 123
194. History Review 123
195. The Revival of the Linji School of Chan 124
196. Custom 125
197. The Good and the Corrupt 126
198. Three Don'ts 126
199. Wolves in Sheep's Clothing 127
200. The Revealing Mirror of Truth 127
201. Making Choices 128
202. Loss of Order 128
203. Making Distinctions 129
204. Selecting Buddhas 130
205. Recognition 130
206. Fulfillment of Conditions 131
207. An Impromptu Talk 131
208. Governing Wild Foxes 132
209. Balancing 133
210. Talent and Capacity 133
211. A Moment in History 133
212. Sharing 134
213. Growth 135
214. A Successor to the Ancients 136
215. The Ordinary Condition of Human Beings 137
216. A Chan Master 138
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