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This is the homepage of www.thezensite.com, a site dedicated to a better understanding of Zen Buddhism.

Here you will find access to a wide variety of materials about Zen Buddhism, its history, teachings, and philosophy as well as some critiques of Zen. There are also some links to non-Zen topics which you may find interesting. Please browse around.

Material is generally in alphabetical order by author or topic.

The teachings page includes commentaries and teishos by various teachers, mostly contemporary teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, John Daido Loori, AMA Samy, Harada Tangen Roshi and many others. The old Soto founder, Dogen Zenji, has two sections of his own, Dogen Teachings and Dogen Studies.

There's quite a bit of material in the "Miscellaneous" section of both the Zen Teachings and the Zen Essays section. These are writings that are interesting but don't fit regularly into any category (or there's not enough of them to create their own category yet). Please browse through them; you are sure to find something of interest.

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