Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness Zen Talks on the Sandokai

ISBN-10: 0520232127

ISBN-13: 9780520232129

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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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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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sekito Kisen and the Sandokai
Notes to the Reader
The Sandokai
English Translation
Chinese Text and Japanese Transliteration
Things-As-It-Is
Warm Hand to Warm Hand
Buddha Is Always Here
The Blue Jay Will Come Right into Your Heart
Today We May Be Very Happy
The Boat Is Always Moving
Without Any Idea of Attainment
Within Light There Is Utter Darkness
The Willow Tree Cannot Be Broken
Suffering Is a Valuable Thing
A Short Talk During Zazen
We Should Not Stick to Words or Rules
Do Not Pass Your Days and Nights in Vain
Talk Given to a Visiting Class
We Are Just a Tiny Speak of Big Being
The Sandokai
Compiled Translation by Suzuki Roshi
Lineage Chart of Teachers Mentioned in the Text
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