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“I recommend it to beginners and advanced Zen practitioners. It is challenging, wise, and encouraging.”—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Village Zendo (NYC)

ON ZEN PRACTICE

Body, Breath, and Mind

Taizan Maezumi Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman

This updated landmark volume makes available for the first time in decades the teachings that were formative to a whole generation of American Zen teachers and students. Conceived as an overarching primer on the practice of Zen, chapters in this volume address every aspect of practice: beginning practice, shikantaza, chanting, sesshin, working with Mu, and the nature of koans.

In the intervening years since the publication of the earlier edition, countless books have appeared on Zen. Few, if any, have approached the strengths of On Zen Practice as a reference or teaching tool, and the book retains a lively, immediate quality that will appeal to today’s readers.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $14.95
  • ISBN 9780861713158
  • ebook
  • 208 pages
  • $9.99
  • ISBN 9780861717354
about the author
On Zen Practice

Hakuyū Taizan Maezumi (1931–95) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher and rōshi, and lineage holder in the Sōtō, Rinzai, and Harada-Yasutani traditions of Zen. He combined the Rinzai use of koans and the Sōtō emphasis on shikantaza in his teachings, influenced by his years studying under Hakuun Yasutani in the Harada-Yasutani school. He founded or co-founded several institutions and practice centers, including the Zen Center of Los Angeles, White Plum Asanga, Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, and the Zen Mountain Monastery. Taizan Maezumi left behind twelve Dharma successors, appointed sixty-eight priests and gave Buddhist precepts to more than five hundred practitioners. Along with Zen teachers like Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, Seung Sahn Dae Soen Sa Nim, and Venerable Hsuan Hua, Maezumi greatly influenced the American Zen landscape. Several Dharma Successors of his—including Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, Dennis Merzel, John Daido Loori, Jan Chozen Bays, Gerry Shishin Wick, Charlotte Joko Beck, and William Nyogen Yeo—have gone on to found Zen communities of their own. Maezumi died unexpectedly while visiting Japan in 1995.

Other books by Taizan Maezumi Roshi:
The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment

On Zen Practice

Bernard (Bernie) Tetsugen Glassman is a dharma heir to Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi. He is the founder of the Peacemaker Circle, the famous Greyston Mandala and the Greyston Bakery (featured on 60 Minutes). He is author of Infinite Circle and, with Jeff Bridges, The Dude and the Zen Master.

Other books by Bernard Tetsugen Glassman:
The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment

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