Reiho Masunaga The Primer of Soto Zen

ISBN 13: 9780140191196

The Primer of Soto Zen

 
9780140191196: The Primer of Soto Zen
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Zen was popularized in the West largely through the writings of Dr. D.T. Suzuki, who followed the school of Rinzai Zen. Although it remains relatively unknown in the West, Soto Zen eventually attracted the greatest number of followers in Japan. With its gentle, more intellectual approach, Soto Zen relies on deep meditation (zazen) rather than the "sudden," direct method (using koan) of Rinzai Zen, in striving for enlightenment.
The Shobogenzo Zuimonki consists largely of brief talks, horatatory remarks, and instructional and cautionary comments by the Soto Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253). Translated, shobogenzo means "the eye of the true law." Roughly translated, zuimonki means "easy for the ears to understand," or "simplified."

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The Shobogenzo Zuimonki consists largely of brief talks, hortatory remarks, and instructional and cautionary comments by the Soto Zen Master Dogen. Translated, shobogenzo means 'the eye of the true law.' Roughly translated zuimonki means 'easy for the ears to understand, ' or 'simplified.'

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"A good introductory text to main Zen themes and ideas." -- Philosophy East and West

"For anyone wishing to understand how one of the greatest Zen masters actually taught his disciples...highly recommended." --The Japan Missionary Bulletin

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