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I like Martine Batchelor quite a bit. I have attending a retreat she and her husband Stephen lead on my “list of things that would be awesome to do once I have more money.”

 

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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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Brad Warner answers the question, “How is Zazen different from meditation?” And I think he does so quite well.

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This little video is the perfect introduction to Zen Meditation (Zazen.) The video is prepared by Dharma Communications, the print and web communications wing of the Mountains and Rivers Order. Actual teaching by Diado Loori, Roshi. Wonderful little presentation. I would recommend some of the other beginner’s meditation links or the Intro to Zen on this site to understand breath awareness in addition to this video.

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