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Thich Nhat Hanh on the “Living Dharma.”

 

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Book Review: Finding the Still Point by Jon Daido Loori

“Finding the Still Point” is a beginner’s meditation book that falls in the great tradition of beginner’s books that should be read multiple times along one’s journey. Like Robert Aitken’s “Taking the Path of Zen” this short little book seems at first glance to be a brief primmer on Zen meditation. Read more carefully, this 98 page book glows with the loving guidance of a true Zen Master.

The book is divided into two parts. The first half is the mechanics of sitting zazen. Posture, breathing, single pointed concentration are covered with all the desired photos and explanatory descriptions. I particularly appreciated Jon Daido Loori’s quiet encouragement mixed in through the rather poetic detailing of the subtle art of zazen.

The second half of the book is a Dharma talk on The Great Way. I get a deep sense of Daido Loori, Roshi’s passion for life in reading his lessons and listening to his Dharma talks. While I never studied with him when he was alive, Daido Loori’s spirit is very much alive in the Mountains and Rivers Order. I see how this passion animated a vibrant spiritual community which is thriving even after his life.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Zen meditation. Beginner’s or “advanced” students alike.

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I just can’t get over how much I enjoy the teachers who were trained by Zen Master Seung Sahn. I enjoy the whole concept of  “Don’t Know Mind” immensely. Here Zen Master Bon Yeon talks at Open Meadow Zen Group in Lexington Mass.

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BatchelorDharma Talks: Stephen Batchelor

One of my favorite teacher’s out there is Stephen Batchelor and I’m on a big Batchelor kick right now. I just finished his most recent book, “Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist” and I’m currently reading, “Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism.” I just can’t say enough good things about Batchelor. His teachings are both intellectually very deep and simultaneously very approachable. He is critical of institutionalized Buddhism but his passion for the teachings is beyond reproach.

I have found a number of his talks on www.audiodharma.org but most recently have discovered several new dharma talks at www.dharmaseed.org.

Batchelor Talks on Dharma Seed.

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