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Zen is . . .

DharmaNet's introduuction to Zen page

Frequently Asked Questions

Lecture On Zen
Alan Watts

Manual of Zen Buddhism
T.D. Suzuki

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism
T.D. Suzuki


The Roots of Zen Buddhism

See Ashoka's online course The Story of Zen for an in-depth introduction to the history of Chan and Zen.

See Ashoka's online course Zen Meditation: Entering the Path for an introduction to Zen meditation.



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

book Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
Reb Anderson

The foundations of mindfulness

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (the Satippatthana Sutra or Mindfulness Sutra) originates in the Pali Canon and has found its way – in a variety of forms – into many of the major schools of Buddhism. Although often not taught in Zen centers in the West, this sutra provides the student with the foundations of awareness and mindfulness, including mindfulness of body, feelings, consciousness and mental objects.

DharmaNet's Theravadan teachings on the four Foundations of Mindfulness: The Satippatthana Sutra

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh – a dharma talk

book Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh's wonderful translation and presentation of the four foundations of mindfulness.

audio Mindfulness Sutra
Norman Fischer's series of seven talks on the mindfulness sutra


zazenAshoka 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.

audio Concentration
Norman Fischer talks about concentration in Zazen and the Six Jhana States

The Way of Zazen
Shodo Harada Roshi

Principles of Zazen (Shobogenzo zazen gi)
Dogen Zenji – Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma - Book 11

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

The Lotus Sutra
Burton Watson's translation

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

Diamond Sangha Sesshin Sutra Book

audio The Lotus Sutra
Norman Fischer– a series of five talks

Lankavatara Sutra

Introduction to the Lankavatara Sutra, D.T. Suzuki

The Lankavatara Sutra

Surangama Sutra

audio The Surangama Sutra
Norman Fischer– a series of five talks

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

book The Blue Cliff Record
Translation by Thomas Cleary

book The Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues
Translation by Thomas Cleary


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


Is Zen a Philosophy?
Henry Rosemont, Jr.argues that, putting aside the soteriological function of Zen, it is a philosophy, or at least has philosophy embedded in it.

Truth and Zen : a very philosophical look
T. P. Kasulis looks at how Aristotle, Thomas, Hui Neng, Lin Chi and Dogen approached the issue of 'truth'.

Critical Considerations on Zen Thought
Shiro Matsumot discusses zen thought and the cessation of thinking and aatman/Buddha nature.

Person as Narration: the Dissolution of 'Self' and 'Other' in Ch'an Buddhism
Peter D. Hershock discusses how 'self' and 'other' are only "conventions within a story" as Buddhism recognises neither. The implications of this for 'karma' are explored and Hershock sees tun-wu not as "sudden enlightenment" but as "readiness to awaken." A very interesting and important point is raised here. f

On Zen (Ch'an) Language and Zen Paradoxes
Chung-Ying Cheng inquires into the logical and semantical significances of the dialogic exchanges (kung-an, koan) in Zen language and discourse.

Onto-Epistemology of Sudden Enlightenment in Chan Buddhism
Chung-Ying Cheng explores the epistemology of enlightenment and the relationships between enlightenment and knowledge.

Bodhidharma as Textual and Religious Paradigm
Bernard Faure uses structural criticism to analyse Bodhidharma's life as a literary piece belonging to the genre of hagiography, rejecting obsolete concepts of historical individuality and all methodological extremes to reach a new, limited understanding of "Bodhidharma's coming from the West".

Speech And Silence In The Mumokan: And Examination of the Use of Language In Light of the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze
Philip Goodchild



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