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Right Action Essays Zen Buddhist PR #0001: The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics

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In Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken provided a concise guide to zazen (Zen meditation) and other aspects of the practice of Zen. In The Mind of Clover he addresses the world beyond the zazen cushions, illuminating issues of appropriate personal and social action through an exploration of the philosophical complexities of Zen ethics.

Aitken's approach is clear and sure as he shows how our minds can be as nurturing as clover, which enriches the soil and benefits the environment as it grows. The opening chapters discuss the Ten Grave Precepts of Zen, which, Aitken points out, are "not commandments etched in stone but expressions of inspiration written in something more fluid than water." Aitken approaches these precepts, the core of Zen ethics, from several perspectives, offering many layers of interpretation. Like ripples in a pond, the circles of his interpretation increasingly widen, and he expands his focus to confront corporate theft and oppression, the role of women in Zen and society, abortion, nuclear war, pollution of the environment, and other concerns.

The Mind of Clover champions the cause of personal responsibility in modern society, encouraging nonviolent activism based on clear convictions. It is a guide that engages, that invites us to realize our own potential for confident and responsible action.

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 fris 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:
9780865471580
Author:
Aitken, Robert
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Buddhist precepts
Subject:
Buddhist ethics
Subject:
Zen Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Subject:
Religious life -- Zen Buddhism.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Right Action Essays Zen Buddhist PR
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19820131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.502 in 0.4 lb

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