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Essence of Zen The Teachings of Sekkei Harada

ISBN-10: 0861715330
ISBN-13: 9780861715336
Edition: 2008
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Sekkei Harada is the abbot of Hosshinji, a Soto Zen training monastery and temple, in Fukui Prefecture, near the coast of central Japan. He was born in 1926 in Okazaki, near Nagoya, and was ordained at Hosshinji in 1951. In 1953, he went to Hamamatsu to practice under Zen Master Gien Inoue, and received inkashomei (certification of realization) in 1957. In 1974, he was installed as resident priest and abbot of Hosshinji and was formally recognized by the Soto Zen sect as a certified Zen master (shike) in 1976. Since 1982, Harada has traveled abroad frequently, teaching in such countries as Germany, France, the United States, and India. He also leads zazen groups within Japan, in Tokyo and Saitama. From 2003-2005, he was Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism Europe Office located in Milan.

Daigaku Rumme was born in 1950 in Mason, City Iowa, USA. In 1976, he entered Hosshinji as a layman and was ordained by Harada Roshi in 1978. He lived and practiced at Hosshinji until 2003. On several occasions he accompanied Harada on his visits to Europe, India, and the United States, as his interpreter. Since 2003, Rumme has been on the staff of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center located in San Francisco.

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Dogen's Fukan-Zazengi and Commentary
The Fukan-Zazengi: A Universal Recommendation for Zazen
An Explanation of the Title
You Are Already Within the Way
Giving Up the Ego-Self
How to Sit in Zazen
Being Thoroughly Familiar with the True Self
In the Whole Universe, There Is Only You
You are Both Zen and the Way
Your Reality Is Zen
Do Not Forget Your True Self
Three Principal Teachings
Nothing Is Better Than Something Good
Nansen Cuts the Cat
The Deluding Passions Are Enlightenment
Throwing Yourself into Zazen
Hyakujo's Wild Fox
The Daily Practice of Zen
Continuing with Perseverance
Sitting in Zazen
Putting an End to the Discriminating Mind
"Done, Done, Finally It Is Done!"
Being One with the Questioning Mind
The Way Is One
Awakening to the True Self
What Is Sesshin?
Kyogen's Questioning Mind
What Is "This Thing"?
"Everyday Mind Is the Way"
Accepting Your Condition Now
Are You Awake?
Shakyamuni Buddha's Practice
The Deluding Attachment to the Ego-Self
All Things Exist Within the Six Sense Functions
What Is the Teaching of the Buddhadharma?
In Japan Only the Form of the Dharma Remains
Self-Taught Zen vs. Zen That Is in Accordance with the Dharma
Good and Evil Is Time; Time Is Not Good or Evil
The Wind Blows Everywhere
On Emptiness
The Ten Realms
The One Arrow of Sekkyo
Becoming Your Own Master
"No Dependence on Words and Letters" and "A Special Transmission Outside the Teachings"
Stealing the Farmer's Cow, Snatching the Beggar's Bowl
Exaggerating the Importance of Doctrinal Study
Verification for Oneself and Certification by a Master
The Certification of True Peace of Mind
To Study the Way Is to Study the Self
Letting Go of Oneness
The First Step on the Way
The Problem with Shikantaza
The Problem with Koan Zen
Using the Form of Zen as an Expedient
The Condition Right Now
What Is Consciousness?
The Light of the Dharma, the Light within Yourself
Awakening to the Chaos within You
The Law of Cause and Effect
Elements in the Practice of Zen
The Functions of the Body, Speech, and Thought
The Problem of the Self That Knows
Three Essential Elements of Zazen Practice
Throwing Away Your Standards
Great Diligence
"What Is the Way"
The Sickness of Being Attached to Emptiness
The Nature of Zen
Repentance
Zen and the Precepts Are One
Mind Cannot Be Grasped
The Enlightenment of Gensha
Zen within Movement, Zen within Stillness
Being Attached to the Ego-Self
Liberation Is Leaving the Dharma As-It-Is
Dead or Alive?
Afterword
Zen Masters and Monks Appearing in the Text
Glossary

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