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Encouraging Words Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students

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ISBN-10: 0679756523

ISBN-13: 9780679756521

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert Aitken

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Encouraging Words is a collection of short talks and brief essays that Aitken Rashi has offered his students at meditation retreats during the past two decades. They are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers -- attention, emptiness, coming and going, diligence, death and the afterlife, the sacred self, and the moral path. Aitken provides guidance on pursuing religious practice in a lay context, "re-casting the Dharma to include women, jobs, and family." He also charts his own quest to develop a set of moral codes in keeping with Buddhism's basic precepts and honoring the enormous ethical challenges faced in the twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/6/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Words in the Dojo
The First Night
Coming Home
The World Does Zazen
The Single Point
Carry Your Practice Lightly
Coming and Going
The Sacred Self
Becoming Settled
Switch Back to Mu
The Dark Night
Simple and Clear
Like a Dream
The Last Night
Words From the Roshi
The Middle Way
Using the Self
Ordinary Mind Is the Tao
Cycles and Stages
The Moral Path
Dreams and Archetypes
The Lay Sangha
Koan Study and Its Implications
Integrity and Nobility
The Net of Indra
Nonviolence within the Zendo and Outside
About Practice
Death and the Afterlife
The Syllabus
Lattice of the Dharma
Wu-men kuan: Case I
The Zen Buddhist Sutra Book
Schedule of Services
The Gathas
The Sutras and a Dharani
The Dedications and the Evening Message
Mealtime Sutras
The Jukai Ceremony
Roshi's Introduction
The Three Vows of Refuge
The Three Pure Precepts
The Ten Grave Precepts
Verse of the Rakusu
The Sesshin
Daily Schedule
The Three Essentials
Dojo Percussion Instruments
A Glossary of Buddhist Terms and Usages
An Annotated Bibliography