Opening the Hand of Thought Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice

ISBN-10: 0861713575
ISBN-13: 9780861713578
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication date: 6/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Shohaku Okumura is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. He is a graduate of Komazawa University and has practiced in Japan at Antaiji, Zuioji, and the Kyoto Soto Zen Center, and in Massachusetts at the Pioneer Valley Zendo. He is the former director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. His previously published books of translation include Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Dogen Zen, Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo, and Opening the Hand of Thought. Okumura is also editor of Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time and SotoZen. He is the founding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community, based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives with his family.

Jisho Warner is a Soto Zen priest and guiding teacher of Stone Creek Zen Center in Sonoma County, California, which she founded. A former president of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, Warner trained for many years both in Japan and the United States. Having graduated from Harvard University in 1965, she was also a longtime student of Dainin Katagiri. She is also a co-editor of the book Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama, whose teachings she encountered during the 1980s while practicing at the Pioneer Valley Zendo. She had also practiced for many years at the Milwaukee Zen Center under Tozen Akiyama (from whom she received shiho).

Preface : the story of this book and its author
Preface : teacher and disciple
Preface : on the nature of self
Preface : the theme of my life
Practice and persimmons
How does a persimmon become sweet?
The significance of Buddhist practice
The four seals
Practice is for life
The meaning of zazen
Depending of others is unstable
The self that lives the whole truth
Everything is just as it is
Living out the reality of life
The reality of zazen
How to do zazen
Letting go of thoughts
Waking up to life
The world of intensive practice
Sesshins without toys
Before time and "I" effort
The scenery of life
Zazen and the true self
Universal self
The activity of the reality of life
The world of self unfolds
The dissatisfactions of modern life
Self settling on itself
Interdependence and the middle way
Delusion and zazen
Living wide awake
Zazen as religion
Vow and repentance
The Bodhisattva vow
Magnanimous mind
The direction of the universal
The wayseeker : seven points of practice
Study and practice the Buddhadharma
Zazen is our truest and most venerable teacher
Zazen must work concretely in our daily lives
Live by vow and root it deeply
Endeavor to practice and develop
Sit silently of ten years
Cooperate with one another
Leaving Antaiji
Notes
Glossary
Index
About the author and translators
Acknowledgments

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