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Serene Reflection Meditation
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Meditation is “the gateway to repose and joy.” It is the heart of our Buddhist practice. Through meditation we open to our True Nature, the Unborn Buddha Nature and to the source of our... More > suffering. This introduction to Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) meditation is presented in a simple, practical and thorough manner with articles on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of this type of meditation. The Buddha taught that there is suffering or unsatisfactoriness and that there is a way to find the cessation of or liberation from suffering. Articles include teachings on how to bring the Buddha’s Teaching into all aspects of our lives and how we can live in harmony with ourselves and all living beings. The articles in this book were written by male and female Buddhist monks and lay trainees within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.< Less
The Oral Transmissions of the 52 Soto Zen Ancestors: An Overview
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THE ORAL TRANSMISSIONS OF THE 52 SOTO ZEN BUDDHIST ANCESTORS: Shakyamuni Buddha founded the path of the successive 52 Soto Zen Ancestors when he awakened to the Way. The transmissions of the... More > teachings to the 52 Ancestors in Zen Buddhist Tradition were never meant to reach the eyes of laymen. 'The Denkoroku: The Record of the Transmission of Light' was originally written only for the eyes of Zen monks. Shasta Abbey's late Abbess, Jiyu Kennett, who translated the text into English often said that the long sentences used in Zen would likely annoy American readers. But she made the decision to share some of the deeper teachings of Zen with the lay public even if they were unable to penetrate into the deeper meaning of the words. This book gives you an overview and insight into a subject otherwise only understood through lengthy study.< Less
Summer/Autumn 2016 Anniversary Journal of the OBC
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This is a special double issue of the Journal on the 20th Anniversary of the death of our Founder, Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. It is an extended 112 page issue which includes a talk from Reverend... More > Master Jiyu on a chapter of the Shobogenzo and - from the Shasta Abbey archive - a talk she gave at the Buddhist Society in London as a lay person in 1960. There are articles by eight of her monastic disciples and a lay minister, reflecting on her teaching, their time with her and the unfolding of their practice over the last 20 years. There are also writings of remembrances of training with her, which show how she helped and taught her disciples in everyday circumstances as well as more formally. There are several photos of her and our usual offering of news from temples of the Order.< Less
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