Robert Aitken: Taking Responsibility
This is a talk given to Buddhist Peace Fellowship Membership Gathering on
June 23, 2006, when Aitken Roshi, founder of the Diamond Sangha, was 89 years old. He ranges over a number of contemporary issues: politics, scandals, Buddhist activism and lay practice.
Buddhism by Numbers
: a chart listing some 215 uses of numbering in Buddhism. If you've ever wanted to know what the Three Learnings of the Mahyana, the Fivefold Cause & Effect, or the Thirty-two Marks of Perfection of the Buddha are, this is the page for you. A good reference source.
Paul Carus: The Gospel of Buddha
, "compiled from ancient records." An historical book written in 1894 by one of the earliest Western Buddhist scholars.
: Deshimaru answers students questions on ego, satori, good and evil, Zen and Christianity and more. 180 questions in all. The English home page
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: Buddhism in a Nutshell: the Four Seals of Dharma
Tibet master Dzongsar (also known as Khyentse Norbu, writer and director of the movie The Cup)
explains in plain, simple language impermanence, suffering, emptiness and nirvana. This is an excellent introduction to these topics expressed in language that even beginners can grasp. Recommended. Originally published in The Shambhala Sun, March 2000
Glossary of Japanese terms used in sesshin
see also Zen Dictionary
for more Japanese definitions
: with sometimes 3 different names, it can be confusing as to which Zen master one is talking about. I've created a spreadsheet with masters' names in Japanese (romaji)
as a reference. It's not 100% complete but there are over 300 names so it may be of help to some. Please write to me if you find any errors or have additions. Thank you.
10 Bulls (10 Ox Herding Pictures)
: an online version of Paul Reps' 10 Bulls pictures and text from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. There's another nice version
here, including translations of
Kuoan (J. Kakuan) poems by Urs App. An interesting modern version painted by Tim Jundo Williams
is here. Poems by Hsu Yun (Empty Cloud)
on the Ox-herding pictures are here. Illustrated nicely by
Fa Lian Shakya
How To Practice Zen
: an instructional booklet based on the 10 Bulls written by a long-term Zen student. Could be a nice beginning for a beginner.
The Five Ranks of the House of Ts'ao-Tung:
diagramic outline of the Five Ranks, including the I-Ching trigrams.
The Four Processes of Liberation from Subjectivity and Objectivity:
Lin Chi's (J. Rinzai) 'host' and 'guest' in a brief outline.
The World of Shi and Li:
this comes from the metaphysics of Hua-yen as developed by Fa-tsang and Ch'eng-kuan. This is the Dharmadhatu.
: an online course and instruction in metta bhavana by Ven. Sujiva.
Stuart McLeod: The Benefits and Pitfalls of the Teacher-Meditator Relationship
The title pretty well tells it all. A fairly short essay but McLeod outlines simply and fairly the complex relationship from a variety of Buddhist sects. from Contemporary Buddhism, Vol.6, No.1 May 2005
Sera sMad Geshe Lobsang Tharchin A Biography of Acarya Nagarjuna
A classical hagiography of Nagarjuna
Sogen Shaku: Zen for Americans (Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot)
: Soen Shaku was one of the earliest Japanes monks to come to America to teach Zen. This collection was originally published in 1906, translated by D.T. Suzuki. This is the complete book (which is still available in print).
D.T. Suzuki: Manual of Zen Buddhism
This is the complete volume, including the Ten Oxherding Pictures, of the 1934 text.
: instructions on various meditation techniques, from the basics such as breathe awarness to visualizations and mantras.