Just This Is It

Just This Is It

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The joy of a€œsuchnessa€a€”the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearancea€”shines through the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807a€“869), the legendary founder of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism (the predecessor of SAtA Zen). Taigen Dan Leighton looks at the teachings attributed to Dongshana€”in his Recorded Sayings and in the numerous koans in which he is featured as a charactera€”to reveal the subtlety and depth of the teaching on the nature of reality that Dongshan expresses. Included are an analysis of the well-known teaching poem a€œJewel Mirror Samadhia€ and of the understanding of particular and universal expressed in the teaching of the Five Degrees. a€œThe teachings embedded in the stories about Dongshan provide a rich legacy that has been sustained in practice traditions, a€ says Taigen. a€œDongshana€™s subtle teachings about engagement with suchness remain vital today for Zen people and are available for all those who wish to find meaning amid the challenges to modern life.a€Suzuki, D. T. Manual of Zen Buddhism. ... Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen, edited by Edward Espe Brown. ... Essential Zen. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. Teiser, Stephen, and Jacqueline Stone. a€œInterpreting theanbsp;...

Title:Just This Is It
Author:Taigen Dan Leighton
Publisher:Shambhala Publications - 2015-05-05


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