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Awakening and Insight, Zen Buddhism and Psychotherapy
By: Young-Eisendrath and Shoji Muramoto, ed.
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Buddhism first came to the West many centuries ago through the Greeks, who also influenced some of the culture and practices of Indian Buddhism. As Buddhism has spread beyond India it has always been affected by the indigenous traditions of its new homes. When Buddhism appeared in America and Europe in the 1950s and 1960s it encountered contemporary psychology and psychotherapy, rather than religious traditions. Since the 1990s many efforts have been made by Westerners to analyse and integrate the similarities and differences between Buddhism and its therapeutic ancestors, particularly Jungian psychology.
Beyond Thinking
By: Dogen, Zen Master
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A Guide to Zen Meditation

Spiritual practice is not some kind of striving to produce enlightenment, but an expression of the enlightenment already inherent in all things: Such is the Zen teaching of Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) whose profound writings have been studied and revered for more than seven hundred years, influencing practitioners far beyond his native Japan and the Soto school he is credited with founding. In focusing on Dogen's most practical words of instruction and encouragement for Zen students, this new collection highlights the timelessness of his teaching and shows it to be as applicable to anyone today as it was in the great teacher's own time. Selections include Dogen's famous meditation instructions; his advice on the practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; guidelines for community life; and some of his most inspirational talks.
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
By: Shunryu Suzuki
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Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginnner's Mind became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume and is similarly a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher.
Eight Gates of Zen
Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training
By: John Daido Loori
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This accessible introduction to the philosophy and practice of Zen Buddhism includes a program of study that encompasses practically every aspect of life. The American Zen teacher John Daido Loori shows us that Zen practice should include not only meditation, the study of Zen literature and liturgy, and moral and ethical action, but should also manifest in work, artistic, and everyday activities.
Great Heart Way: How To Heal Your Life and Find Self-Fulfillment
BY: Gerry Shishin Wick & Ilia Shinko Perez
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By combining the teachings of Zen with the modern science of psychology, the authors have forged a new path to peace and healing. The method is accessible regardless of spiritual background, and requires less than half an hour a day.
Hardcore Zen
Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth about Reality
By: Warner, Brad
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This is not your typical "Zen" book. Brad Warner, the young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one -- just like Reality itself. This bold new approach to the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary: Warner''s voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons a to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear.
Heart Sutra A Comprehensive Guide
Heart Sutra A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism
By: Kazuaki Tanahashi
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Kazuaki Tanahashis guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it. He outlines the history and meaning of the text and then analyzes it line by line in its various forms (Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations), providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialistyet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice. It includes a fresh and meticulous new translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax.
Jizo Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Travelers and Other Voyagers
By: Jan Chozen Bays
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Here, an American Zen master offers an engaging and informative overview of the history of this important figure and conveys the practices and rituals connected with him, including a simple ceremony for remembering children who have died. Inspired by her own personal experience with Jizo practice, Bays explains how the Buddhist teachings on Jizo can bring peace to those confronted with suffering and loss.
Mud and Water: The Collected Teachings of Zen Master Bassui
By: Braverman, Arthur, tr.
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Today's students of the Way go to teachers everywhere but they don't want to penetrate all the way to the bottom of the great matter. They journey to the east, west, north, and south, and take pride in having met many teachers. They try to surpass others with Zen stories and they collect paradoxical words and clever expressions from old masters. These are examples of the way of heretics.
Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist
Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist
By: D.T. Suzuki
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If the Western world knows anything about Zen Buddhism, it is down to the efforts of one remarkable man, D.T. Suzuki. The twenty-seven year-old Japanese scholar first visited the West in 1897, and over the course of the next seventy years became the world's leading authority on Zen. His radical and penetrating insights earned him many disciples, from Carl Jung to Allen Ginsberg, from Thomas Merton to John Cage.
On Zen Practice
On Zen Practice: Body, Breath and Mind
By: Maezumi, Taizan and Bernie Glassman
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This landmark volume brings together teachings formative to a whole generation of American Zen teachers and practitioners. On Zen Practice addresses every critical aspect of Zen practice: beginning meditation, shikantaza (just sitting), the nature of koans, working with Mu, retreats, chanting, and more. Its contributors are some of modern Zen's foremost teachers.
Paradise In Plain Sight:  Lessons from a Zen Garden
Paradise In Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden
By: Karen Maezen Miller
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Winner of the 2012 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication.

The famous 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair celebrated the dawn of corporate capitalism and a new Machine Age with an exhibit of the worlds largest engine. Yet the noise was so great, visitors ran out of the Machinery Hall to retreat to the peace and quiet of the Japanese pavilions Buddhist temples and lotus ponds. Thus began over a century of the Wests turn toward an Asian aesthetic as an antidote to modern technology.

Path of the Human Being
Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way
By: Dennis Genpo Merzel
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Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, one of the most highly regarded American Zen teachers, demystifies the experience of enlightenment, teaching that it is none other than the awakening to our true nature, which is ever present and inherent in all of us. Through the practice of meditation, one is able to turn the light of inquiry inward and discover this for oneself. Genpo Roshi lays out this journey of discovery for us from the first tentative glimpses of Buddha Mind to the full flowering of realized life.
Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng
Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng
By: Red Pine
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The Platform Sutra occupies a central place in Zen (Ch'an) Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries.
Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind
Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint
By: Maura O'Halloran
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One of the most beloved Buddhist books of all time-having inspired popular musicians, artists, a documentary film, and countless readers-is now in an expanded, new edition, loaded with extras. Absolutely absorbing from start to finish, this is a true story you might truly fall in love with.
Taking Our Places
By: Fischer, Norman
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The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up

Growing up happens whether we like it or not, but maturity must be cultivated. Taking Our Places demonstrates why this cultivation is essential for our lives and shows how we can go about achieving maturity. Drawing upon insights from both the Buddhist and Jewish traditions, renowned Zen teacher Norman Fischer addresses this long neglected subject.
Things Pertaining to Bodhi: The Thirty-Seven Aids to Enlightenment
Things Pertaining to Bodhi: The Thirty-Seven Aids to Enlightenment
By Sheng Yen
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The Thirty-seven Aids to Enlightenment are a set of fundamental teachings of Buddhism in the form of a list. The list’s seeming simplicity belies the fact that it is actually a kind of road map to enlightenment for anyone who follows it with diligence and sincerity. The Thirty-seven Aids comprise seven groups of practices conducive to awakening. Each of the seven groups is itself a list of enlightenment factors, which add up to a total of thirty-seven: (1) The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, (2) The Four Proper Exertions, (3) The Four Steps to Magical Powers, (4) The Five Roots, (5) The Five Powers, (6) The Seven Factors of Enlightenment, and (7) The Noble Eightfold Path. Master Sheng Yen’s down-to-earth teachings take the reader on a progression through each of the practices, illustrating how they relate to the reader’s own path toward enlightenment.

This Is Getting Old: Buddhist Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
This Is Getting Old: Buddhist Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
By Susan Moon
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In this intimate and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. Among the pieces she has included  here are an essay on the gratitude she feels for her weakening bones; observations on finding herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother; musings on her tendency to regret the past; thoughts on how not to be afraid of loneliness; appreciation for the inner tomboy; and celebratory advice on how to regard "senior moments" as opportunities to be in the here and now.

TRAINING IN COMPASSION: Zen Teachings on the Practice of LOJONG
Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong
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Norman Fischer brings a fresh perspective to the profound Tibetan Buddhist manual of lojong, or mental training. With down-to-earth clarity, he applies its 59 pithy practices to the challenges of modern life. With repetition, these practices gradually change one from the inside out. His writing is direct, penetrating, and powerful. with the authenticity and impact that comes from a great teacher, as he shows readers how to develop resilience and compassion, strength with heart. (Comment by Rick Hanson, PhD)
Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk
Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk
By: Suzuki Roshi
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This is perhaps the best introduction to Zen and the life of the Zen monk.  By means of a direct and succint description of the training that a Zen Buddhist monk undergoes, Dr Suzuki has given us the most precise picture possible of Zen in life.  The 43 illustrations give a unique value to the book.
Zen and the Kingdom of Heaven
By: Chetwynd, Tom
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Reflections on the Tradition of Meditation in Christianity and Zen Buddhism

In this provocative and very human work, Tom Chetwynd tells the story of how his skeptical first encounters with Zen Buddhism led him to discover the rich -- but largely forgotten -- Christian tradition of pure contemplative prayer. Chetwynd explores the surprisingly Zen-like teachings of the Desert Fathers and other Christian meditation masters whose practice stems from the very first Christian communities -- and perhaps Jesus Christ himself.
Zen Doctrine of No - Mind
By: Suzuki
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One of the most famous Zen masters was Hui-neng (638-713) and this work is largely concerned with his teaching. However, this volume delves into the whole purpose and technique of Zen training, and in view of the many, goes further into the depths of Zen than any other work of modern times.

Within the realm of Zen Buddhism, we find no reliance on scripture or savior, for the student is shown how to go beyond thought in order to achieve a state of consciousness beyond duality. Clearly written, this book shows the wisdom and experience of the author, while elucidating the fundamentals of Zen.
Zen Lessons, The Art of Leadership
By: Cleary, Thomas (Tr.)
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This "Guide To Enlightened Conduct" for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Chinese Zen masters. Drawing on private records, letters, and long-lost documents of the Song dynasty (tenth to thirteenth centuries), Zen Lessons consists of short excerpts written in language that is accessible to the reader without any background in Eastern philosophy. T
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
By: Suzuki Roshi
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Zen Mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "I know what my own mind is", you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But do I really know what my own mind is? Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" And if you should then try to sit physically still for a while to see if you can discover just what your mind is, to see if you can locate it -- then you have begun to realize the unrestricted mind.