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Zen Meditation Plain and Simple

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First published by Tuttle in 1989 as An Invitation to Practice Zen, it has gone on to sell nearly 20,000 copies. Now, with a new preface and updated instructional photographs, it's perfect to help a new generation of readers looking to learn the basics of zazen, zen meditation. With a concise overview of the basics and clear photographs illustrating the proper positions and postures, this comprehensive guidebook demystifies the age-old practice of zazen and brings its numerous benefits into the daily lives of ...
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Overview

First published by Tuttle in 1989 as An Invitation to Practice Zen, it has gone on to sell nearly 20,000 copies. Now, with a new preface and updated instructional photographs, it's perfect to help a new generation of readers looking to learn the basics of zazen, zen meditation. With a concise overview of the basics and clear photographs illustrating the proper positions and postures, this comprehensive guidebook demystifies the age-old practice of zazen and brings its numerous benefits into the daily lives of today's Westerners. Albert Low, a resident of Montreal, Canada, and the director of the Montreal Zen Center, studied and received dharma transmission under the guidance of Roshi Philip Kapleau. Having written and lectured extensively on zen and meditation practices, he is the author of Zen and the Sutras
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804832113
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,389,035
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Part I Orientation
1 What Is Buddhism? 19
Buddha Means Awakened One 19
Buddhism and Shakyamuni 20
The Meaning of This Story 25
The Four Noble Truths 26
2 The Meaning of Zen 31
Zen, Chan, and Dhyana 31
Beyond the Opposites 32
3 The Importance of Practice 39
All Beings Are Buddha, So Why Need We Meditate? 39
The Difficulty of Meditation 45
4 Ingredients of Practice 47
Zazen 47
Faith, Doubt, and Perseverance 54
Part II Practice
5 Beginning to Practice 63
Posture 63
Practice 80
The Mechanics of Zazen 92
6 Zen in Everyday Life 97
Zazen As an End and As a Means 97
Mindfulness at All Times 98
Mistaken Beliefs 101
The Inner Monologue 109
The Way of the Warrior 110
7 Practice at a Center 115
The Importance of Guidance 115
Life at a Center 120
The Discipline of Sesshin 123
Koan Practice 126
Makyo 128
Chanting 131
8 Answers to Common Questions 147
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