A Guide to Zen: Lessons from a Modern Master

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New World Library, Feb 8, 2011 - Religion - 144 pages
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This book takes the formidable 100,000-word classic Zen Training by the great master Katsuki Sekida and extracts its finest gems. Student Marc Allen has carefully chosen the passages most relevant to today, producing a readable work of six chapters covering the basics of posture and breathing, stages in training, and Katsuki Sekida's brilliant commentary on the classic series of pictures called "In Search of the Missing Ox." The result is a complete course in Zen from a modern master, simply and beautifully written, building to a tremendous conclusion: "Zen is a matter of training yourself to return to being a Buddha, for you are one from the beginning."
 

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Contents

chapter
1
chapter
15
chapter three
25
chapter four
45
chapter five
57
chapter
83
afterword
107
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KATSUKI SEKIDA (1903–1987) began his Zen practice in 1915 and trained at the Empuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto and the Ryutaku-ji Monastery in Mishima, Japan, where he had deep experience of samadhi early in life. He became a high school teacher of English until his retirement in 1945, then he returned to full-time study of Zen. He taught at the Honolulu Zendo and Maui Zendo from 1963 to 1970 and at the London Zen Society from 1970 to 1972. Then he produced his two great works, both published in America and Japan by Weatherhill, Inc.: Zen Training in 1975 and Two Zen Classics in 1977.

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