Zen Bridge

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“A terrific book for those wishing to immerse themselves in the world of Rinzai Zen, as these lectures offer engaging exposition of numerous traditional koans and stories. Rather than a ‘finger pointing to the moon,’ Fukushima Roshi’s talks provide a sturdy bridge to the awakened world of the far shore, where you are you, just as you are.”—Edward Espe Brown, author of The Complete Tassajara Cookbook


“The voice of wisdom for all time is present in this subtle and remarkable book of teachings by Fukushima Roshi.”—Joan Halifax, abbot, Upaya Zen Center


“In a clear and profound voice these short chapters range from introductions to Zen, through Rinzai training, and then on to illuminating koan commentaries. In a manner that few books offer, this volume allows both the beginner and the advanced student to see into the realities of Zen practice, epitomized in the opening calligraphy by Fukushima: When the Heart is Clear, the Hundred Tasks Go Well. Fukushima’s words clarify and then clarify again our entangled human heart, freeing up our natural grace and wisdom.”—Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD, author of The Present Heart


The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

Keido Fukushima Grace Schireson Peter Schireson

Zen Bridge collects Dharma talks given by the Zen master Keido Fukushima Roshi. Fukushima Roshi’s anecdotes on his own training are humble, hilarious, and full of wisdom. His reflections on classical teachings intermingle with personal stories, allowing them to be accessible to all readers while at the same time transcendent. The power and authenticity of this true Zen master shines through in his words.

This book includes black and white illustrations of basic sitting and hand posture for meditation as well as selections of Fukushima Roshi’s calligraphy.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $14.95
  • ISBN 9781614291978
  • ebook
  • 160 pages
  • $9.99
  • ISBN 9781614292142
about the author
Zen Bridge

Keido Fukushima Roshi trained under Zenkei Shibayama Roshi, one of the most famed Rinzai Zen masters of the twentieth century. Fluent in English, Fukushima Roshi had a special rapport with Western students, many of whom have become Zen teachers as well. He became head abbot of Tofukuji in Kyoto, making him the leader of one of the main Rinzai sects in Japan. He passed away in 2011.   Photo by Michael Hofmann

Zen Bridge

Grace Schireson is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, chief abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto Japan. Grace is the head teacher of the Central Valley Zen Foundation and has founded and leads three Zen groups and a Zen retreat center, in California. Grace is also a clinical psychologist who has specialized in women and families. Married for over forty years, she has two sons and three grandchildren.

Other books by Grace Schireson:
Zen Women

Zen Bridge

Peter Schireson was ordained as a Lay Teacher by Sojun Mel Weitsman and as a Soto Zen priest and received Dharma Transmission by Chikudo Lew Richmond. He is a grandfather, and a poet whose poems and other writings have been published both online and in print. He divides his time between Stanford, CA and New York City.  

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