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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

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When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi's important work. Like Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher. The Sandokai--a poem by the eighth-century Zen master Sekito Kisen (Ch. Shitou Xiqian)--is the subject of these lectures. Given in 1970 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the lectures are an example of a Zen teacher in his prime elucidating a venerated, ancient, and difficult work to his Western students. The poem addresses the question of how the oneness of things and the multiplicity of things coexist (or, as Suzuki Roshi expresses it, 'things-as-it-is'). Included with the lectures are his students' questions and his direct answers to them, along with a meditation instruction. Suzuki Roshi's teachings are valuable not only for those with a general interest in Buddhism but also for students of Zen practice wanting an example of how a modern master in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition understands this core text today.

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ISBN:
9780520900066
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Doctrines
Editor:
Wenger, Michael
Editor:
Weitsman, Mel
Author:
Suzuki, Shunryu
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Religion-Buddhism - General
Subject:
Religion : Buddhism - General
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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