Moon in a Dewdrop edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Staff Pick

“It is the Dharma gate of great ease and joy. It is undefiled practice-enlightenment.” These are the words of Dōgen, founder of the Soto school of Zen, expounding the Buddha Dharma of zazen: meditation practice. In this selection of Dōgen’s works, translator Tanahashi expertly guides us through the opaque yet penetrating wisdom of this 13th century master of wit, poetic language, and the Buddhist teaching of the realization of the Dharma before your very eyes. As gentle as it is scathing, as solemn as it is humorous, this book is for both scholars and beginners.

Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen By Eihei Dogen, Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor), Robert Aitken (Translated by), Reb Anderson (Translated by), Ed Brown (Translated by), Norman Fischer (Translated by), Arnold Kotler (Translated by), Daniel Leighton (Translated by), Lew Richmond (Translated by), David Schneider (Translated by), Kazuaki Tanahashi (Translated by), Katherine Thanas (Translated by), Brian Unger (Translated by), Mel Weitsman (Translated by), Dan Welch (Translated by), Philip Whalen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Eihei Dogen, Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor), Robert Aitken (Translated by), Reb Anderson (Translated by), Ed Brown (Translated by), Norman Fischer (Translated by), Arnold Kotler (Translated by), Daniel Leighton (Translated by), Lew Richmond (Translated by), David Schneider (Translated by), Kazuaki Tanahashi (Translated by), Katherine Thanas (Translated by), Brian Unger (Translated by), Mel Weitsman (Translated by), Dan Welch (Translated by), Philip Whalen (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780865471863
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: North Point Press - October 31st, 1995

My Year of Dirt and Water - Tracy Franz

Staff Pick

Franz’s beautifully crafted memoir chronicles the months that she and her husband, both Americans, lived in Japan, separated by the rules of the Zen monastery where Koun was cloistered. Presented as a diary, the book is both immediate and reflective, full of anecdotes from Franz’s daily life as a gaijin as well as meditations on time, love, culture, and more. Franz is a compassionate and keenly observant writer, always trying to understand the rituals that shape her new life, and, as in her pottery class, always feeling she fails. Yet ultimately she learns to understand by not understanding, to see by not seeing—lessons which also help her confront the difficulties of her past. As she comes to accept the damaged and flawed parts of herself she’d once wanted only to abandon, her writing grows steadily more relaxed and humorous, her stories more vivid. By the end, you’ll miss both Franz and the many students, colleagues, monks, and relatives she’s helped you get to know. But you’ll also recognize that letting go is part of keeping, a truth Franz gestures to in her title, with its allusion to the primary elements of pottery: what remains and what flows away.

My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan By Tracy Franz Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611720426
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Stone Bridge Press - July 10th, 2018

How to Live: Boxed Set of the Mindfulness Essentials Series - Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis

Staff Pick

Sitting, eating, walking, loving, relaxing—human enough behaviors with varying degrees of difficulty. Now, in this serenely packaged How to Live Boxed Set (Parallax Press, $49.75), mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s straight-forward advice for living in the present is even easier to access. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us to be still and to focus our attention on whatever act we are performing. Whether you are walking from your home to the metro, showing loving kindness for a friend, or simply listening to the sounds around you, stillness and openness will help you act with grace.

How to Live: Boxed Set of the Mindfulness Essentials Series By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
$49.75
ISBN: 9781941529478
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Parallax Press - December 13th, 2016

Pages