Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy [NOOK Book]

Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy

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is a comprehensive handbook for
seated meditation practice, and an authoritative presentation of the Zen path.
The book

a turning point in Zen literature in its critical reevaluation of the
enlightenment experience, which the author believes has often been emphasized
at the expense of other important aspects of Zen training. In addition,

goes beyond the first flashes of enlightenment to explore how one lives as well
as trains in Zen. The author also draws many significant parallels between Zen
and Western philosophy and psychology, comparing traditional Zen concepts with
the theories of being and cognition of such thinkers as Heidegger and Husserl.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Written by a lay teacher with 60 years of experience in zazan, this book provides everyone from absolute beginner to experienced student with detailed, progressive information and discussion on breathing, posture, distraction, actions of mind, physiology, mood, laughter, kensho, and samadhi."—Library Journal

"An extraordinarily important book. It should be on the shelves of all libraries."—Choice

"[Sekida's] approach is radical in its attempt to define Zen practice in terms of Western physiology and phenomenology."—New Age Journal

"This book is a valuable work. Though physiologically technical, it remains personal and practical, focusing on the actual experience of zazen practice. Ultimately, however, it is the concentrated and serious spirit of the book that most tellingly establishes its value to those interested in Zen."—Philip Kapleau

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834825833
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 360,100
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Katsuki Sekida (1893–1987) was by profession a high school teacher of English until his retirement in 1945. Zen, nevertheless, was his lifelong preoccupation. He began his Zen practice in 1915 and trained at Empuku-ji in Kyoto and Ryutaki-ji in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture. He taught at the Honolulu Zendo and Maui Zendo from 1963 to 1970 and at the London Zen Society from 1970 to 1972.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Editor's Introduction 9

1. Orientations 29
2. Zazen Posture 38
3. The Physiology of Attention 47
4. Breathing in Zazen 53
5. Counting and Following the Breath 60
6. Working on Mu 66
7. The Tanden 83
8. Samadhi 91
9. Koans 98
10. Three Nen-Actions and One-Eon Nen 108
11. Existence and Mood 128
12. Laughter and Zen 147
13. Pure Existence 160
14. Pure Cognition and Kensho 173
15. Kensho Experiences 193
16. A Personal Narrative 207
17. Stages in Zen Training 223

Reference Notes 253
Index 255

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    Another superb book for the beginner. It is great to follow this book with Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki and then No Beginning, No End by Jakusho Kwong, accompanied by The Wholehearted Way, and Shobogenzo: Zuimonki by Dogen Zenji.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Zen Meditation

    The only book you need to read to understand meditation, The author is a guru for modern times because he gives us the benefit of his many years of meditative practice. This is the very essence of what Buddha taught. Read this book in conjunction with Zen Mind Beginners Mind. Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    A good starting point.

    Sekida's 'Zen Training' is a good foundation for any beginning Buddhist to start with. Sekida's simplistic explanations of often difficult topics such as Kensho and Samadhi allows any reader to understand the fundamentals of Zen Buddhism. Recommended for all.

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