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The teachings of the masters

His devotion to meditation was his legacy to China. He was later honored as father of the Chinese Dhyana—or "Meditation"—school of Buddhism, called Chan.

The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
Red Pine, translator (Wisdom Publications - 2003)

Daruma-ki Bodhidharma and his teachings
From SotoZenNet's Zen Friends Zen quarterly

An introduction to Bodhidharma, his journey and his legacy

The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen
In question-and-answer style Bodhidharma fields questions from his students on dharma, the mind, and reality.
Jeffrey Broughton (U. California Press - 1999)

Sengsan's Hsin Hsin Ming
Sengsan, the third ancestor, is best know for his beloved poem, the Hsin Hsin Ming ("The great way is not difficult for those who do not pick and choose...").

Master Sheng Yen's teaching on the Hsin-hsin ming

Trust in Mind
Mu Soeng (Wisdom Publications - 2003)

A page about the poem and Sengsan

Richard Clarke's translation

Commentary by Robert Blyth

The Eye Never Sleeps
Dennis Genpo Merzel (Shambhala - 1991)

Faith in Mind: A Guide to Chan Practice
Master Sheng Yen (Dharma Publishing - 1987)

Huineng and The Platform Sutra

The Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra: With the Commentary of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua - Buddhist Text Translation Society

The sixth ancestor

How Huineng Became the Sixth Patriarch

Philip Yampolsky's translation of The Platform Sutra

The Platform Sutra - translated by The Buddhist Text Translation Society

The Platform Sutra
With the commentary of Tripitaka Master Hua

Carl Bielefeldt and Lewis Lancaster on the Platform Sutra

The Dharma of Mind Transmission: Zen Teachings of Huang-po and dharmaweb - no source

The Sutra of Hui Neng old translation

Mazu Daoyi (Ma-tsu Tao-i) (709-788), is celebrated for being the source of what was to become, through his famous descendent Linji, Rinzai Zen. Mazu's uncompromising methods foreshadowed those of Linji.

From the Ashoka online course The Story of Zen

Dogen Zenji

The Soto master and founder Dogen (1200-1253) is probably the most revered figure in all Japanese Zen. It was Dogen who first insisted on intensive meditation, who produced the first Japanese writings explaining Zen practice, and who constructed the first real Zen monastery in Japan, establishing a set of monastic rules still observed. Moreover, the strength of his character has inspired many Zen masters to follow.

Understanding Dogen
When students approach the work of Dogen Zenji, they find enigma and obscurity, as well as blinding clarity. Taigen Dan Leighton, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Steven Heine and Norman Fischer help us penetrate Dogen's teachings. With an introduction by Carl Bielefeldt.

Are There Any Who Are Not Beginners?
Teachings by Dogen from a new collection of translations focusing on his advice to practitioners. Excerpts from Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi (Shambhala Pub - 2004)

Norman Fisher's talks on Fukazazengi, Bendowa, and Genjo Koan

Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma, Book 29 - Mountains and Waters Sutra - translation by Prof. Carl Bielefeldt

Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma, Book 28 - Getting the Marrow by Doing Obeisance - translation by Stanley Weinstein

Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma, Book 13 - Ocean Seal Samadhi -translation by Carl Bielefeldt with Michael Radich

Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma, Book 11 - Principles of Zazen -translation by Carl Bielefeldt with Michael Radich

Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma, Book 31 - Not Doing Evils - translation by William Bodiford

Ashoka course on the Genjo Koan
Taught by Michael Weanger, San Francisco Zen Center

Genjo Koan - translated by Kaz Tanahashi and Robert Aitken

Shohaku Okumura wonderful lectures on Genjo Koan #7 #8 #9 #10 #11

Guidelines for Studying the Way. The first half - from Moon in a Dewdrop.

Reflections on Translating Dogen
Rev. Taigen Leighton

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans

Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation

As the founder of the Linji school (in Japanese, Rinzai), Linji plays a key role in the history of Zen.

The Zen Teachings of Rinzai
Irmgard Schloegl's 1975 translation, now out of print

The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi
Thomas Burtom, translator

From the Ashoka online course The Story of Zen

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
Hakuin Ekaku possessed an unusual ability to convey the meaning of Zen to large numbers of people from all classes and religions. Though he chose to work at a small temple in the countryside, he was frequently invited to lecture, and his writings were published, eventually bringing him fame. His writings could be rough, humorous, or sometimes even shocking, intended to rouse his followers from their complacency into a deeper contemplation of religion and spiritual life. His copious writings continue to maintain pivotal importance within the Rinzai Zen sect. His work, both as spiritual leader and as painter, had a profound effect on all subsequent Zen study and Zen painting.

hakuinA selection of Hakuin's writings

Song of Zazen
Norman Waddell translation

Ode to Sitting Meditation

Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin

Song of Zazen
Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun translation

Hakuin's paintings

Hakuin's Letter in Answer to an Old Nun of the Hokke Sect Actually, two letters. In the first, Hakuin talks about the Lotus Sutra. In the second he discusses his own experiences. translated by Philip Yampolsky

The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures
Paintings by Master Jikihara, verses by Master K'uo-an

The Five, Ranks of The Apparent and the Real
The Orally Transmitted Secret Teachings
of the [Monk] Who Lived on Mount To

What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

s Zen Master Hakuin: Selected Writings
Translated by Philip Yampolsky

s Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin
Translated by Norman Waddell

Ikkyu (1394-1481)
Ikkyu Sojun was perhaps the most celebrated of the iconoclastic throwbacks to authentic Zen. A breath of fresh air in the stifling, hypocritical world of an institutionalized Zen, he seemed almost a reincarnation of the early Chan masters of the Tang.

Zen Rebel Ikkyu: Ikkyu was a Zen monk of Muromachi

Crow With No Mouth : Ikkyu–Fifteenth Century Zen Master

Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu

s Ikkyu and Koans
Alexander Kabanoff

Bankei (1622-1693)
Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen in Japan had become overly formalized, the eccentric master Bankei stressed natural spontaneity and Zen's relevance to everyday life. Bankei is best known for his talks on what he called "the Unborn."

Excerpts from the Ashoka course The Story of Zen

The Unborn: The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei
Norman Waddell (North Point Press - 2000)

Bankei Zen: Translations from the Record of Bankei
Peter Haskel, translator (Grove - 1997)

Contemporary Zen teachings

Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Maezumi Roshi received Dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda, Roshi in 1955. He also received approval as a teacher (Inka) from both Koryu Osaka, Roshi, and Hakuun Yasutani, Roshi, thus becoming a Dharma successor in three lines of Zen.

Maezumi Roshi devoted his life to laying a firm foundation for the growth of Zen Buddhism in the West. In 1967, he established the Zen Center of Los Angeles and later established six temples in the United States and Europe. He founded the White Plum Asanga and transmitted the Dharma to twelve successors: Bernie Glassman, Dennis Genpo Merzel, Charlotte Joko Beck, Jan Chozen Bays, John Daido Loori, Gerry Shishin Wick, John Tesshin Sanderson, Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Susan Myoyu Andersen, Nicolee Jikyo Miller, and William Nyogen Yeo. These twelve successors have further transmitted the Dharma to a number of "second-generation" successors. In America, Maezumi Roshi ordained 68 Zen priests and gave the lay Buddhist precepts to over 500 people.

Your Zazen Is The Zazen Of The Buddhas

What Are We Ignoring About Breathing?
Five teishos on breathing, energy and the practice of qi gong.

The Mind and Spirit of Zazen

Abundant Life

Commentary of Fukanzazengi

Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice

On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, Mind

Zen Center of Los Angeles

Life and Death

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Shunryu Suzuki, a Japanese Zen priest belonging to the Soto lineage, came to San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-five. He was impressed by the seriousness and quality of "beginner's mind" among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle here. As more and more people joined him in meditation, Zen Center came into being and he was its first abbot. Although an obscure figure on the Japanese Zen landscape, he is one of principle founders of Buddhism in America. Some of his edited talks have been collected in the books Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai and Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen.

Buddha Is Right Here
Two talks by Suzuki Roshi addressing the fundamental koan-the life we lead at this moment.

The Lamp of Zazen
The point of zazen, says Suzuki Roshi, is to live each moment in complete combustion, like a clean-burning kerosene lamp.

A talk on Buddha nature

Another talk on Buddha nature
The importance of accepting that we have buddhanature, beyond the realm of good and bad.

Zazen practice

Whole Body Zazen

A few quotes from Shunryu Suzuki Lectures

Suzuki Roshi's last talk

Norman Fischer on Suzuki Roshi's Way

Crooked Cucumber - an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki and those who knew him

Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Hakuun Yasutani RoshiShunryu Suzuki Roshi
Yasutani Hakunn Roshi (1885-1973) studies under the great Zen master of both Soto and Rinzai linage, Harada Daiun Sogaku Roshi. Starting in the summer of 1962 Yasutani Roshi made the first of six trips to the United States, continuing to do so basically yearly up through 1969. Yasutani Roshi had a fervent drive to synthesize what he considered the strengths and best of the Soto and Rinzai sects, in the process creating a new linage of Zen called Sanbo Kyodan, 'The Fellowship of the Three Treasures,' emphasizing both the Koan andKensho backed by Zazan and Shikantaza. Yasutani's initial hard core 'Three Treasures' converts have gone on to establish and promote many highly successful Zen centers and Zendos throughout the U.S. and the world under the Diamond Sangha banner.

Why do we recite Sutras?

A biographical note

Nyogen Senzaki

Kosho Uchiyama Roshi
Kosho Uchiyama Roshi (1912 - 1998), one of the most highly respected modern Japanese Zen Masters, was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 1941 under Kodo Sawaki Roshi. Upon Sawaki Roshi's death in 1965, Uchiyama Roshi became the abbot of Antaiji, a monastery and temple then located in Kyoto, Japan.

On Zazen

Master Seung Sahn
The founding teacher of our School is Zen Master Seung Sahn, the 78th Patriarch in his line of transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. In 1972 he came to the United States and started the Providence Zen Center, the first center in what is now the Kwan Um School. He and his students have founded over a hundred temples, centers, and groups around the world. His books include Ten Gates, The Compass of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, Only Don't Know and The Whole World is a Single Flower -- 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life.

What is Zen?

Zen Is Understanding Yourself

Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

A New Zen is Appearing

Teaching Letters of Zen Master Seung Sahn

Over 100 talks by Seung Sahn - The Kwan Um School of Zen

Robert Aitken Roshi
Aitken Roshi established, with his wife Anne, the Diamond Sangha in 1959, which has zendos in Hawaii, California, and Australia. Aitken's introduction to Zen came in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. He was friends with D.T. Suzuki and studied with Nagakawa Soen Roshi and Yasutani Hakuun Roshi. In 1974 Aitken was given the title "Roshi" and authorized to teach by Yamada Koun Roshi. He is the author of The Mind of Clover, Taking the Path of Zen, The Gateless Barrier, The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective, A Zen Wave and other books.

What's the Meaning of This?
Aitken Roshi on "The Meaning of the Ancestor's Coming from the West."

On Zen Teaching


Some Words About Sesshin For Newcomers To Zen Practice

The Future of Zen Buddhism in the West

s The Mind of Clover

c Encouraging Words

s The dragon who Never Sleeps

s Zen Master Raven

s A Zen Wave

Shodo Harada Roshi
Shodo Harada Roshi (born 1940) is abbot of Sogenji monastery in Okayama, Japan, where he has taught since 1982. Harada Roshi is heir to the teachings of Rinzai sect Zen Buddhism as passed down in Japan from Hakuin and his successors and his teaching includes the traditional Rinzai practices. Harada Roshi now teaches part-time at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island, Washington.

The Way of Zazen

Original Mind

Freshly Fallen Snow in a Newly Made Silver Bowl

The Key to Zen
A series of short teachings by SekkeiHarada Roshi


Zoketsu Norman Fisher
Norman Fischer, a Zen priest and abbot,is a poet and teacher with wide-ranging interests and passions. During almost 30 years at San Francisco Zen Center, he served as director, tenzo, tanto, operations manager and other positions. Norman retired as abbot of Zen Center in 2000 to take his teaching out into the world. Norman believes in the possibility of "engaged renunciation": living a fully committed religious life that does not exclude family, work, and a passionate interest in the world. Norman is also active in interreligious dialog.

There’s No Such Thing as American Zen

Some Zen Stories

Basic Zen Lectures

Many talks at Everyday Zen

Roshi Bernie Glassman
Zen Master (Roshi) Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. Bernie currently teaches and travels, giving talks and workshops on spiritual practice, socially responsible business and international peacemaking. He is the founder and co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemakers.


Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace

s Instructions to the Cook: Living a Life That Matters

s On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, Mind
with Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi

John Daido Loori

Daido Loori is the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY, and the founder/director of the Mountains and Rivers Order. Dharma heir of Hakuyu Taizen Maezumi Roshi, he is author of The Eight Gates of Zen, The Heart of Being, and Two Arrows Meeting in Mid Air.

Mountains Meeting Mountains: Teaching of Mountains and Rivers

All-Pervasive Spiritual Knowledge

Thinking Non-Thinking
On the meaning of non-thinking and why Dogen said it "must become the eye through which you view phenomena."

Zen Art as Practice: Painting Spring

Dharma talks from Zen Mountain Monastery

Dennis Genpo Merzel
Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi leads Kanzeon Sangha, an international group he named centered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with affiliates througout Europe. Genpo trained at the Zen Center of Los Angeles under Maezumi Roshi and became Maezumi Roshi’s second Dharma Successor in 1980. Genpo combines Zen tradition with the insights of such visionary western figures as Carl Jung, Fritz Perls, and Hal Stone, enabling virtually anyone to realize their true nature, a realization they can further deepen through meditation. He is the author of four books, The Eye Never Sleeps, Beyond Sanity and Madness, 24/7 Dharma, and The Path of The Human Being.

Big Mind: An Introduction

Facilitation of Ying-Yang Big Heart
An excerpt from a Big Mind workshop.

Sojun Mel Weitzman
Sojun Mel Weitsman began to practice at San Francisco Zen Center , and in 1969 was ordained by Suzuki Roshi as resident priest at the Berkeley Zendo. Sojun received Dharma Transmission from Suzuki Roshi's son, Gyugaku Hoitsu, at Rinso-in temple in Japan in 1984, and was officially installed as abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center in 1985. Currently abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, Sojun continues a long involvement with the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara, having served as co-abbot at these practice centers for nine years.

Zazen Is Vast Openness

Stages of Practice

The Form of Our Life

Other contemporary teachers

Talks by Kobun Chino

Talks by Taigen Dam Leighton

James Ford, Western Zen

Talks by Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
Reb Anderson


Enter Zen From There
Gerry Shishin Wick

The Buddha We Are
Taitaku Pat Phelan

Thinking Mind and Correct View
Ven. Hyunoon Sunim

Alan Watts on Zen

For talks by contemporary Zen teachers see Talks On Zen Pracrice

Talks on Zen Practice - various (N Carolina)


Peaceful Life
Dainin Katagiri


The Ethical Precepts and Philosophical Tenets of Zen Buddhism

The Five Wonderful Mindfulness Trainings
Thich Nhat Hanh

The Bodhisattva Precepts in Soto Zen Buddhism
Rev. Shohaku Okumura

The Second Precept: Generosity
Thich Nhat Hanh


Ashoka course on the Zen Meditation: Entering the Path
Taught by John daishin Buksbazen, Zen Center of Los Angeles

My Zazen Sankyu Notebook #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #!4
Rev. Issho Fujita

The Practice of Zazen
A brief illustrated guide.

Texts and Sutras

Faith Mind Inscription (Hsin-hsin Ming)
See Sengsan above

The Heart Sutra

Compare 42 translations of the Heart Sutra

Edward Conze's translation

From the Japanese

Robert Aitken Roshi and Diamond Sangha's version

Talks on by Sojun Mel Weitzman

Translated and chanted by Allen Ginsberg

The Lotus Sutra

Zen And the Lotus Sutra
A Series of Seminars at the Berkeley Zen Center ~ 1999

Diamond Sangha Sesshin Sutra Book

Lankavatara Sutra

Introduction to the Lankavatara Sutra, D.T. Suzuki

The Lankavatara Sutra

These sites have extensive sutra translations:

Mahayana Buddhist Sutras in English



Working with Koans
John Tarrant, Roshi

Norman Fischer
Talks and essays on koans at Everyday Zen

An Introduction to Zen with Stories and Riddles Told by the Zen Masters

The Gateless Gate
Ekai, called Mumon

The Gateless Gate
Translated by Eiichi Shimomisse

Is There a Zen Person Around Here?
John Daido Loori comments on koans from Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye.From The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi (Shambhala Pub.)

Quick! Who Can Save This Cat?
"Nanchuan Cuts the Cat," that most controversial of koans
Zoketsu Norman Fischer

John Tarrant talks


Notes on Gassho and Bowing
Taizan Maezumi Roshi with John Daishin Buksbazen (On Zen Practice)


Rinzai Zen

The Rinzai Roku by Zen Master Rinzai The Sayings of Master Rinzai (A Selection)
D.T. Suzuki

Soto Zen


History of the Soto Zen School
T. Griffith Fouke

White Plum Asanga

Harada-Yasutani School of Zen Buddhism

Diamond Sangha


Sengai's Zen paintings

Hakuin Ekaku's Zen paintings

The Face of Buddhism and Shintoism in Japanese Art



A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku and Zen
Robert Aitken

Zen Poems of China and Japan: The Crane's Bill
Lucien Stryk, translator



Coming Down from the Zen Clouds: A Critique of the Current State of American Zen
Stuart Lachs

Liturgy Project - On Creating American Zen
By John Tarrant and Joan Sutherland source?

Purifying the Mind
By Nonin Chowaney

The Dharma of "Homeless Kodo"
Sawaki Kodo with commentaries by Uchiyama Kosho


Web sites with extensive teachings

Buddhist Library

The Zen Site


Everyday Zen


Web sites with audio teachings

Clouds in Water Zen Center talks

Audio Dharma Zen talks

Upaya Zen Center's Podcasts

Everyday Zen