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Art of Just Sitting : Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza - John Daido Loori

Art of Just Sitting

Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780861713943
Number Of Pages: 256

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This unprecedented and unparalleled volume offers essential guidance—from the most influential Buddhist masters, and from many of modern Zen's preeminent teachers—on 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]

Editor's Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Hongzhi, Dogen, and the Background of Shikantazap. 1
Editor's Notep. 11
Guidepost of Silent Illuminationp. 13
Cultivating the Empty Fieldp. 15
Zazengi: Rules for Zazenp. 19
Fukanzazengi: Universal Recommendations for Zazenp. 21
Zazenshin: Lancet of Seated Meditationp. 25
Zazen Yojinki: What To Be Aware of in Zazenp. 41
Shikantazap. 51
The Tenzo Kyokun and Shikantazap. 55
The Wholehearted Wayp. 63
No Dualismp. 67
Commentary on Fukanzazengip. 71
How to Sitp. 95
To Live Is Just to Livep. 101
To Study the Selfp. 105
On "Silent Illumination"p. 117
Nanyue Polishes a Tilep. 127
Yaoshan's Non-Thinkingp. 135
Suzuki Roshi's Practice of Shikantazap. 145
A Coin Lost in the River Is Found in the Riverp. 149
Just Sittingp. 155
Will You Sit with Me?p. 161
Yangshan's State of Mindp. 167
Foundational Texts
Satipatthana Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulnessp. 177
Bloodstream Sermonp. 187
The Fundamental Expedient Teachings for Calming the Mind That Attains Enlightenmentp. 191
Treatise on the Essentials of Cultivating the Mindp. 205
The Platform Sutrap. 219
Jewel Mirror of Samadhip. 223
Who's Whop. 227
Permissions Creditsp. 233
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780861713943
ISBN-10: 086171394X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2