This unprecedented and unparalleled volume offers essential guidancefrom the most influential Buddhist masters, and from many of modern Zen's preeminent teacherson one of Zen's two most central practices. The second edition contains three new translations by renowned scholar-practitioners. This is essential for readers interested in meditation or Eastern religion. There is no other book devoted solely to the very important Zen practice of Shikantaza (literally, "just sitting").
"At last a book that brings together writings on the subtlest and most fundamental Zen practice: just sitting. For the first time, now gathered in one volume, we can read 1500 years of the discovery of true path of discovery and realize what it means to be truly present for life as it is. Zen Master Daido Loori has gathered the essence of true meditation into this jewel of a book. We should not miss it."--Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center
"A valuable collection from an authority on this subtle and profound form of Zen. We have needed a book like this for a long time."--Professor Francis Dojun Cook, author of How to Raise an Ox
"This is the single most comprehensive treasury of writings on the subject in English. It is likely to remain the most important collection for many years to come. Often misunderstood, the practice of shikantaza is authoritatively presented and carefully examined in two dozen essays by Chinese, Japanese, and American masters, along with an appendix of six seminal classic texts. This volume, spanning the centuries since Shakymuni Buddha to the present day, will prove indispensable to meditators and scholars alike. Roshi John Daido Loori has given us a rare treasure."--John Daishin Buksbazen, author of Zen Meditation in Plain English
"Wisdom is putting out good, interesting books, and here is one devoted to the meditation of just sitting, edited by John Daido Loori, who has done a fair amount of it. It's a cool book, an anthology drawing from a variety of authors, and it takes the risk of going deep."--John Tarrant, author, Zen teacher and director of the Pacific Zen Insititute [excerpted from Buddhadharma]
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2