Introduction to Zen Training: A Physical Approach to Meditation and Mind-Body Training (the Classic Rinzai Zen Manual)
ISBN: 0804852030
EAN13: 9780804852036
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb 4, 2020
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.70107 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Introduction to Zen Training: A Physical Approach to Meditation and Mind-Body Training (the Classic Rinzai Zen Manual)

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Introduction to Zen Training is a translation of the Sanzen Nyumon, a foundational text for beginning meditation students by Omori Sogen--one of the foremost Zen teachers of the twentieth century.

This book addresses many of the questions which arise when someone first embarks on a journey of Zen meditation--ranging from how long to sit at one time to how to remain mindful when not sitting--and it concludes with commentaries on two other fundamental Zen texts, Zazen Wasen (The Song of Meditation) and the Ox-Herding Pictures.

Written to provide a solid grounding in the physical nature of Zen meditation training, this text delves into topics such as:

  • Breathing
  • Pain
  • Posture
  • Physiology
  • Drowsiness
  • How to find the right teacher
  • The differences between the two main Japanese schools of Zen: Soto and Rinzai Zen
As a master swordsman, Omori Sogen's approach to Zen is direct, physical, and informed by the rigorous tradition of Zen and the martial arts that flourished during Japan's samurai era. For him, the real aim of Zen is nothing short of Enlightenment--and Introduction to Zen Training is a roadmap in which he deals as adeptly with hundreds of years of Zen scholarship as he does with the mundane practicalities of meditation.

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