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Hidden Zen

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Pleased to announce that my book Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Due for release by Shambhala Publications on October 13.

[Have also just learned that Powell's, which has laid off 85% of staff and is only doing online sales, has it available: if you pre-order through this link, I have been informed 7.5% of your purchase will go directly to a worker relief fund: https://www.powells.com/book/-978161180 ... erID=35751]

From the publisher's descriptive copy:

Though Zen is best known for the practices of koan introspection and "just sitting" or shikantaza, there are in fact many other practices transmitted in Zen lineages. In modern practice settings, students will find that Bodhidharma's words "direct pointing at the human mind" are little mentioned, or else taken to be simply a general descriptor of Zen rather than a crucial activity within Zen practice. Reversing this trend toward homogeneous and superficial understandings of Zen technique, Hidden Zen presents a diverse collection of practice instructions that are transmitted orally from teacher to student, unlocking a comprehensive path of awakening.

This book reveals, for the first time, a treasury of "direct pointing" and internal energy cultivation practices preserved in the Rinzai Zen tradition, along with detailed instructions for their use. Examined are 28 practices of direct pointing: methods that reveal one's natural clarity and, ultimately, the nature of mind itself. Over a dozen practices of internal energetic cultivation are also detailed to provide dramatic effects on the depth of one's meditative attainment. By sharing these practices, Hidden Zen provides a small taste of the richness of the hidden practice life to help readers grow beyond the bounds of introspection and sitting to find awakening itself.

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It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org
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Re: Hidden Zen

Post by narhwal90 »

Ordered from powell's- many thanks Meido!
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Re: Hidden Zen

Post by well wisher »

Looks like a great book Meido, thanks for sharing :anjali:
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Re: Hidden Zen

Post by boda »

Pre-ordered. Pre-thank you for the work. :smile:
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