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Taking the Path of Zen Ppr #0001: Taking the Path of Zen

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There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity.

The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism.

Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.

Description:

Bibliography: p. 135-138. "Zen Buddhist titles in paper covers": p. 145-149.

About the Author

Robert Aitken's introduction to Zen came in a Japanese prison camp during World War II, after he was captured as a civilian in Guam. R. H. Blyth, author of Zen in English Literature, was imprisoned in the same camp, and in this unlikely setting Aitken began the first of several important apprenticeships. After the war Aitken returned often to Japan to study. He became friends with D. T. Suzuki, and studied with Nagakawa Soen Roshi and Yasutani Hakuun Roshi. In 1959 Robert Aitken and his wife, Anne, established a Zen organization, the Diamond Sangha, which has two zos in Hawaii. Aitken was given the title "Roshi" and authorized to teach by Yamada Koun Roshi, his current teacher, in 1974. He continues to teach and study Zen in Hawaii, where he has lived since the age of five.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865470804
Author:
Aitken, Robert
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Zen Buddhism.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Taking the Path of Zen Ppr
Series Volume:
0001
Publication Date:
19820131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
7.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 in

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