Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection (Paperback)

Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection By John Daido Loori (Editor), Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Foreword by) Cover Image

Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection (Paperback)

By John Daido Loori (Editor), Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Foreword by)


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The Zen tradition has just two main meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided by the powerful Zen teaching stories called koans. Following in the tradition of The Art of Just Sitting (endorsed as a "A book we have needed for a long, long time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the subtle practice of koan study from many different points of view.

Includes writings by:
  • Robert Aitken
  • William Bodiford
  • Robert Buswell
  • Roko Sherry Chayat
  • Francis Dojun Cook
  • Eihei Dogen
  • Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Hakuin Ekaku
  • Victor Sogen Hori
  • Keizan Jokin
  • Philip Kapleau
  • Chung-fen Ming-Pen
  • Taizan Maezumi
  • Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • Soen Nakagawa
  • Ruth Fuller Sasaki
  • Sokei-an Sasaki
  • Nyogen Senzaki
  • Zenkei Shibayama
  • Eido Shimano
  • Philip Yampolsky
  • Hakuun Yasutani
  • Wayne Yokoyama
  • Katsushiro Yoshizawa
John Daido Loori was, until his death in 2009, the spiritual leader and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York. Trained in koan Zen as well as in the subtle school of Master Dogen's Zen, he was the Dharma heir of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Devoted to maintaining authentic Zen training, he developed a distinctive style, called the Eight Gates of Zen, based on the noble eightfold path. Drawing on his background as scientist, artist, naturalist, and Zen priest, Abbot Loori was an American master who spoke directly to students from the perspective of a common background. His books include Mountain Record of Zen Talks and The Heart of Being.
Product Details ISBN: 9780861713691
ISBN-10: 0861713699
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: December 30th, 2005
Pages: 368
Language: English
"Sitting with Koans provides an excellent start toward such understanding, offering the reader--whether veteran meditator, inquiring novice, or simply interested observer--a careful and well-organized presentation of classic and modern source materials on many aspects of traditional koan work."
— from the foreword by Thomas Yuho Kirchner

"Roshi Daido Loori has provided us with a valuable tool for appreciating the living tradition of koan study."
— Gerry Shishin Wick, author of The Book of Equanimity

"A handy compendium of some of the most important writings on the topic by scholars and Zen masters."
— Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"This is a remarkable collection of essays and sermons by eminent scholars and leading Zen masters covering a full range of historical materials and diverse approaches in the formation of koan studies in China and Japan, as well as commentary on numerous specific cases. One volume brilliantly put together by a premier modern interpreter of koans, John Daido Loori, illuminates both issues of historical development and the discovery of contemporary meaning and application in religious practice."
— Professor Steven Heine, editor of The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts