CONTEMPORARY ZEN PRACTICE IN THE BIG BEND

Zen practitioners and teachers often emphasize that reading about Zen is miles away from the actual experience of practice. Words engage the intellectual mind, and process of waking up is not an intellectual activity. Nonetheless, we are linguistic creatures, and Zen practice can be confusing at times. The Three Treasures of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Dharma is found both in our everyday experiences and in the Buddha's teachings, handed down through generations of practice. Many wise teachers have written about their experiences applying these teachings to help point the way for us. I have found these books particularly helpful, and I offer this list in hopes that they may help you:

 

  • Everyday Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck
  • The Feeling Buddha, David Brazier
  • What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, Norman Fischer and Susan Moon
  • Training In Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, Norman Fischer
  • Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion, Diane Eshin Rizzeto

 

 


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