Zen (Chan)

The meditation (dhyana) school originating in China that emphasizes "mind-to-mind transmission"
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    Fundamental Zen Paid Member

    Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi, now ninety years old, came to the United States thirty-five years ago. Today, he represents the last of a generation of pioneering Japanese teachers who brought dharma to the West. Born in 1907 in Japan’s rural Miyagi Prefecture, he became a novice at the age of fourteen under Joten Soko Miura Roshi (who went on to head Myoshin-ji, a prominent Rinzai temple). Sasaki received his authority as a roshi and became abbot of his own temple in 1947. In 1962, Daiko Furukawa, Joten Roshi’s successor as abbot at Myoshin-ji asked him to relocate to America. More »
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    A Native Son of Spanish New Mexico Paid Member

    Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman stands with an attendant before the zendo altar, exuding massive concentration under the burden of heavy formal robes in the heat of an Albuquerque summer. As scores of guests crowded into Hidden Mountain Zen Center for the Buddha Eye Opening dedication ceremony look on, he slowly drops a pinch of incense into a burner. It bursts into a fragrant cloud. Then the new Zen center’s abbot, Sensei Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta, a native New Mexican, takes his dharma brother’s place at the altar to perform a memorial service for their late teacher, Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Ancheta executes the ritual movements with exquisite care. “Right here now as this river-mountain-sky-desert-swamp-ocean Roshi!” he declares. “Why don’t we see your body here in this zendo?” More »
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    Endless Vow: The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa Paid Member

    Endless Vow: The Zen Path of Soen NakagawaPresented, with an introduction, by Eido T. ShimanoCompiled and translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Roko Sherry ChayatShambhala Publications, Inc.: Boston, 1996.179 pp., $13.00 (paper) More »
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    The Five Houses of Zen Paid Member

    The Five Houses of ZenTranslated by Thomas ClearyShambhala Publications, Inc.: Boston, 1997.208 pp., $12.00 (paper) More »
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    The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism Paid Member

    The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen BuddhismJohn Daido LooriCharles E. Tuttle Co.: Boston, 1996.267 pp., $16.95 (paper) Near the end of this book dense with principles and interpretations, John Daido Loori writes that it is vital to “take the teachings out of the theoretical and abstract mode and thrust them into the present moment.” Loori then recounts the story of a dharma teacher in America who knew that he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS and yet had sexual relationships with students. He “essentially made the statement that his realization, his enlightenment, enabled him to transcend cause and effect,” Loori writes. The teacher has since died, his community of practitioners has virtually broken down, and at least one person has been infected with AIDS virus. More »
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    ZenX: A Prescription for Despair Paid Member

    This roundtable was conducted in July 1996 by Helen Tworkov in Rochester, New York. The participants, all in their twenties, were residents of the Rochester Zen Center at the time of the conversation. More »