The Eye Never Sleeps: Striking to the Heart of Zen

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Shambhala, 1991 - Religion - 141 pages
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The radical challenge of Zen Buddhism is to drop all assumptions and prejudices and experience the truth directly. American Zen teacher Dennis Genpo Merzel brings new life to this ancient wisdom through his commentaries on a classic Chinese Zen scripture, "Verses on Faith-Mind," by the Third Patriarch of Zen, Sosan Zenji. The author strikes to the heart of Zen with clarity and force, expressing in modern terms, to an American audience, the essential wisdom and compassion of Sosan Zenji's famous poem. Full of colorful Zen lore and personal anecdotes from Dennis Genpo Merzel's life, these talks impart the Buddha's teaching directly and intimately, illuminating in simple words the timeless questions and problems of day-to-day life.

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I love the way Genpo Roshi writes. I personally have a much easier time connecting to spiritual teachers who are from the same culture as me. They know how to speak to me, in a voice that's familiar ... Read full review

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Excellent Zen reflections. Read full review


Have No Preferences
Serene in the Oneness of Things
Return to the Root

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Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi is the founder of Kanzeon Sangha and is the abbot of Kanzeon Zen Center in Utah. He has been teaching Zen since 1978 and received Dharma transmission from Taizan Maezumi Roshi in 1980. Genpo Roshi now holds the position of president of the White Plum Lineage, the lineage of Maezumi Roshi. His books include Beyond Sanity and Madness,The Eye Never Sleeps, and 24/7 Dharma.

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