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Zen meditation : plain and simple
Low, Albert.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, MA : Tuttle Publishing, [1989]

Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"First published in 1989 as An invitation to practice zen."--verso t.p.
Format :


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BQ9288 .L69 1989C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First published by Tuttle in 1989 as An Invitation to Practice Zen , Zen Meditation Plain and Simple has gone on to sell nearly 20,000 copies. Now, with a new preface and updated instructional photographs, it's perfect to help a new generation of readers looking to learn the basics of zazen--zen meditation. With a concise overview of the basics and clear photographs illustrating the proper positions and postures, this comprehensive guidebook demystifies the age-old practice of zazen and brings its numerous benefits into the lives of today's Westerners.

Author Notes

Albert Low , a resident of Montreal, Canada, and director of the Montreal Zen Center, studied and received dharma transmission under the guidance of Roshi Philip Kapleau. Having written and lectured extensively on Zen and meditation practices, he is the author of Zen and the Sutras, To Know Yourself, and The Iron Cow of Zen .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Part I Orientation
1 What Is Buddhism?p. 19
Buddha Means Awakened Onep. 19
Buddhism and Shakyamunip. 20
The Meaning of This Storyp. 25
The Four Noble Truthsp. 26
2 The Meaning of Zenp. 31
Zen, Chan, and Dhyanap. 31
Beyond the Oppositesp. 32
3 The Importance of Practicep. 39
All Beings Are Buddha, So Why Need We Meditate?p. 39
The Difficulty of Meditationp. 45
4 Ingredients of Practicep. 47
Zazenp. 47
Faith, Doubt, and Perseverancep. 54
Part II Practice
5 Beginning to Practicep. 63
Posturep. 63
Practicep. 80
The Mechanics of Zazenp. 92
6 Zen in Everyday Lifep. 97
Zazen As an End and As a Meansp. 97
Mindfulness at All Timesp. 98
Mistaken Beliefsp. 101
The Inner Monologuep. 109
The Way of the Warriorp. 110
7 Practice at a Centerp. 115
The Importance of Guidancep. 115
Life at a Centerp. 120
The Discipline of Sesshinp. 123
Koan Practicep. 126
Makyop. 128
Chantingp. 131
8 Answers to Common Questionsp. 147