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Web sites with extensive teachings  
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Background

See the Ashoka online course The Buddha's Teaching As It Is taught by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

All of Us (Beset by Birth Decay and Death)
Twelve Dhamma talks on practice.
Ayya Khema

The universal teaching of the Buddha
S.N. Goenka

Walking the Path
Bhikkhu Buddhadasa

A Look at the Kalama Sutta
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Some popular contemporary teachings claim that the Buddha advocates putting one's trust solely in what one can know and experience directly for oneself. In fact, when we take into careful consideration the context of this sutta, it becomes clear that this interpretation altogether misses a much more important point.

Meditation

Introduction To Insight Meditation
Amaravati Buddhist Centre, U.K. (1988)

Practical Vipassana
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Instructions to Insight meditation
Mahasi Sayadaw

Two Styles of Insight Meditation 
Bhikkhu Bodhi
With the surging worldwide popularity of insight meditation, teachers have occasionally been tempted to "streamline" the practice, by teaching it as a secular activity divorced from the framework in which the Buddha originally presented it. Bhikkhu Bodhi urges meditators not to neglect the development of the full range of qualities necessary to bring about transcendent release.

Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation
S.N. Goenka

The Basic Method of Meditation
Brahmavamso, Ajahn

The Five Mental Hindrances And Their Conquest
Nyanaponika Thera

Insight Meditation: Basic and Progressive Stages
Mahasi Sayadaw

 Thinking 
This talk explores the role and nature of conceptual thought, how to relate to it skillfully, as well as acknowledging the value and right use of reflective thinking.
Ajan Amaro

The Benefits of Walking Meditation
Sayadaw U Silananda

 Samadhi Is Pure Enjoyment
Ajahn Sucitto

Mindfulness on Breathe – Anapanasati Sutta

Anapana Sati: Meditation on Breathing
Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma

Anapana Sati: Meditation on Breathing
Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma

Anapanasati Sutta– Mindfulness of Breathing
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (translation)

The Anapanasati Sutta – A Practical Guide to Midfulness of Breathing and Tranquil Wisdom Meditation
Ven. U Vimalaramsi

Triple Gem, refuge and the precepts

What is the Triple Gem?
Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Buddha Dhamma Sangha
Ven. Ajahn Sumedho

Refuge in the Buddha

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Refuge An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Sangha: The Ideal World Community
Ven. Prayudh Payutto

Going for Refuge & Taking the Precepts 
Bhikkhu Bodhi
An excellent introduction to the purpose, meaning, and fruits of taking refuge in the Triple Gem and of observing the precepts.

Precepts

The Five Precepts - panca-sila
Access the Insight

Taking the Precepts
Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Healing Power of the Precepts 
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths
Ajahn Sundeho

Four Noble Truths
Bhante Gunaratana

Understanding Dukkha
Ajahn Chah

The Nobility of the Truths
Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Four Noble Truths
Thanissaro Bhikkhu- from The Wings to Awakening

 The Four Noble Truths
Steve Armstong

Eightfold Path

The Way to the End
Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Path to Freedom: A Self-guided Tour of the Buddha's Teachings
Access to Insight

The Fourth Noble Truth: The Noble Truth of the Path Leading to the Cessation of dukkha

The Noble Eightfold Path
Ajahn Jagaro

The Eightfold Path for the Householder
Jack Kornfield

Samma Ditthi: Right View
Bhikkhu Seelawimala

Dependent origination

Transcendental Dependent Arising: A Translation and Exposition of the Upanisa Sutta
Bhikkhu Bodhi
The seldom-studied Upanisa Sutta contains an important alternative presentation of the principle of dependent arising, offering a "roadmap" of the entire path of practice as it progresses toward final liberation.

A Discourse on Paticcasamuppada or The Doctrine of Dependent Origination
Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw

The Wheel of Birth and Death 
Bhikkhu Khantipalo

Paticca Samuppada - Dependent Origination
Ajahn Brahmavamso

Kamma

Buddhist Theory of Kamma
Venerable Narada Mahathera

Kamma and Its Fruit
Ven. Nyanaponika Maha Thera

Kamma
Dr. Sunthorn Plamintr

The Buddha's Words on Kamma: Four Discourses of the Buddha from the Majjhima Nikaya
Ñanamoli Thera (translation)

Buddhist Theory of Kamma
Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

The Undeclared and the Declared 
Steven Batchelor

Anatta or not-self

No-self or Not-self?
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Meditating on No-Self
Ayya Khema

The Not-self Strategy
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Self and Self-Naughting
Ajahn Sumedho

Anatta (Non-Self)
Ven. Ajahn Brahmavamso

 Anatta: Understanding Not Self
Myoshin Kelley

The Ten Perfections (paramis)

The Ten Perfections: A Study Guide
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

A Treatise on the Paramis
From the Commentary to
the Cariyapitaka
Acariya Dhammapala

Generosity First
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Dana: The Practice of Giving 
Bhikkhu Bodhi (editor)

Discernment
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, The Wings to Awakening

Paramis: The Heart of Buddha's Teaching and Our Own Practice
Sylvia Boorstein

 The Paramis
Gil Fronsdal

The Five Spiritual Faculties

The Five Spiritual Faculties 
Bhikkhu Bodhi
An introduction to the five indriya, or spiritual faculties (faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom), and their role in the practice of Dhamma.

 The Five Spiritual Faculties
Gil Fronsdal

The Way of Wisdom: The Five Spiritual Faculties 
Edward Conze

The Spiritual Faculties
Ajahn Nyanadhammo

The Five Faculties
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, The Wings to Awakening

 Five Spiritual Powers
Sarah Doering

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Satipatthana Sutta

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: A Summary
Ven. Sayadaw U Siilaananda

Satipatthana Vipassana
Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw

Satipatthana Sutta – The Foundations of Mindfulness
Nyanasatta Thera (translation)

Satipatthana – The Fourfold Focus of Mindfulness
Ajahn Brahmavamso

 The Satipatthana Sutta
Read by Sally Clough (SuttaReadings.net )

The Five Hindrances

See the Ashoka online course Rest Your Weary Mind: Letting Go of the Hindrances taught by Joseph Goldstein

The Five Hindrances
Ajahn Sumedho

The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest
Selected Texts from the Pali Canon and the Commentaries
Nyanaponika Thera (compilation and translation)

Concentration: Abandoning the Hindrances
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Five Hindrances (Nivarana)
Ajahn Brahmavamso

The Five Aggregates

The Five Aggregates
Dr. Peter Della Santina

The Five Aggregates: A Study Guide
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

 The Five Aggregates
Guy Armstrong

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment
Piyadassi Thera

 The Seven Factors of Enlightenment
Sally Clough

Bodhipakkhiya-Dipani, A Manual of The Factors Leading to Enlightenment
Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw,

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment
Saddhamma Foundation

The Brahma-Viharas

See the Ashoka online course Liberating the Heart: The Brahma Viharas taught by Sharon Salzberg

The Four Sublime States – Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
Nyanaponika Thera

Mudita
Eileen Siriwardhana

Metta

Lovingkindness, or metta as it is known in Pali, is a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love that protects, supports and heals both oneself and others.

Meditation on Loving-Kindness (Metta)
Bhante Gunaratana

Universal Loving Kindness
Ajahn Sumedho

Reflecting on kindness
Ajahn Candasiri

The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta) As Taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon
Ñanamoli Thera (compilation and translation)

Facets of Metta
Sharon Salzberg

 The Power of Metta
Guy Armstrong

 Guided Lovingkindness Meditation
This guided meditation for cultivating the power of metta begins by directing positive sentiments towards oneself and progresses to radiate this well-wishing outward towards specific people and finally to all beings everywhere, without limit.
Sharon Salzberg

Texts & sutras

Befriending the Suttas: Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses
John Bullitt
Why should I read the suttas? Which ones should I read? How should I read them?

Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

 See the Learning Center's Theravadan Texts and Suttas page

Miscellaneous

Suffering on the Road
Ajahn Chah

The Problem of Personality 
Ajahn Sumedho

Dhamma Nature 
Ajahn Chah

 The Second Arrow 
Ajahn Amaro

Turning The Mind Toward The Dharma 
Reflections on impermanence and karma that in the midst of our lives in the world can help turn the mind towards the Dharma, towards liberation.
Joseph Goldstein

Opening the Dhamma Eye
Ajahn Chah

 Papanca
Papanca is a Pali word meaning proliferation of thought in the mind. Mental proliferation leads into the creation of self and into craving and comparing, as well as holding on to views and opinions.
Sally Clough

"Not Sure!" - The Standard of the Noble Ones
Ajahn Chah

The Peace Beyond
Ajahn Chah

The Things We Cling To & Aves
Bhikkhu Buddhadasa

Grasping and Clinging
Bhikkhu Buddhadasa

 Forgiveness: The Most Tender Part of Love 
Myoshin Kelley

 No Second Arrow
Jose Reissig
Pain and Loss are inevitable occurrences in our lives, but the self-torture that follows -the "second arrow" we habitually shoot at ourselves - is entirely avoidable.

Knower Of The Worlds 
Ajahn Sumedho
We can be empowered in practice through getting to know the nature of the world we live in and through learning from the way it is. Taking refuge in knowing the truth-- the laws of nature-can free us from a selfish struggle with the way things are.


Web sites with extensive teachings

Access to Insight

Buddhist Publication Society

BudhaSasana

Buddhism Today

Forest Sangha
Teachings by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho and others in the forest tradition

Nibanna.com

Dhammatalks.org

Buddhist Library

Bhavana Society -

Buddhist Society of Western Australia


 Web sites with audio teachings

Dharma Seed and Dharma Stream
Preserves the oral tradition of contemporary dharma teaching by taping talks and meditation instructions given by teachers at various retreat centers around the country, and supports the daily practice of students everywhere by making these tapes and other materials inexpensively available to all.

Sutta Readings 
A library of free audio recordings of English translations of Pali suttas, selected and read aloud by respected Dhamma teachers within the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Audio Dharma 
Chanting and Dhamma Talks from a Buddhist community in Redwood, California, in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho & Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.

Abhayagiri Monastery

Audio Dharma
Audio at Mid-Peninsular Insight Meditation Center; this site is an archive of dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal and various guest speakers at the center since 2000.

Dhamma Talks
Dhamma talks given by various teachers in the Theravada Forest Sangha tradition.

Audio at Seattle Insight Meditation Society 
Dharma talks offered by Rodney Smith and guest teachers at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

Satipanya Association
Guided meditations and talks by Bhante Bodhidhamma.

Sutta Readings
A selection of the Buddha's Suttas, read aloud by senior teachers and practitioners in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Mahayana

The Mahaya traditions of Zen, Tibetan Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism are each represented in the Learning Center with resource pages. This page offers study resources for the major themes of the Mayahana.

The bodhisattva | Bodhicitta | Compassion | Shunyata - emptiness | The Paramitas Bodhisatta Vows | The Middle Way School

The bodhisattva

Coming soon: Ashoka online course Bodhisattvas of Compassion 
Taigen Dan Leighton

The Way of the Bodhisattva
Peter Della Santina

Eight Bodhisattvas
www.khandro.net

The Bodhisattva Ideal - Buddhism and the Aesthetics of Selflessness
Nitin Kumar

Bodhisattva Vows
Gelong Tsewang Samdrub and Geshe Tashi

The Heart of the Bodhisattva
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Thirty Seven Practices of the Path of the Bodhisattva
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

 37 Practices of a Bodhisatta
Ken McLeod

 A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life
Shantideva

The Bodhicaryavatara (Shantideva)
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

 Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening: Thought Training and the Bodhisattva Practices
Geshe Gyeltsen

 Uniting Wisdom & Compassion: Illuminating The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva 
Chokyi Dragpa

Avalokiteshvara (Kuan-Yin) (Chenrezig)

The Enlightenment Of Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin (Avalokiteshvara)
Dr. C.T. Shen

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) – Embodiment of Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism

The Creation of a Goddess of Mercy from Avolokiteshara
Bagyalakshmi

 Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin
John Blofeld

Manjushri

Manjushri

Manjushri: The Young Prince of Wisdom
Taigen Dan Leighton

Bodhicitta

Bodhicitta is a mind (including thought, action, feeling and speech) totally dedicated to others and to achieving full enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings as fully as possible. Bodhicitta is often called the "Wish Fulfilling Jewel," because like a magic jewel it brings true happiness.

Bodhicitta teachings

Generating Bodhicitta Mind-Stream

The Teaching on Aspirational Bodhicitta
H.H. the 14th the Dalai Lama

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
H.H. The Dalai Lama

The Seven Points of Mind Training of Atisha
Shamar Rinpoche

Loving Kindness
Mingyur Rinpoche

How to Generate Bodhicitta
Ribur Rinpoche

Bodhicitta: the Perfection of Dharma
Lama Thubten Yeshe

Bodhicitta
Tai Situ Rinpoche

Compassion

Living the Compassionate Life
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion and the Individual
H.H Dalai Lama

Awakening Compassion
Ken McLeod

The Practice of Compassion
Pema Chodron

 An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

 Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening: Thought Training and the Bodhisattva Practices
Geshe Gyeltsen

Emptiness (shunyata)

Causality and Emptiness: The Wisdom of Nagarjuna
Peter Della Santina

The Experience of Shunyata: Recognizing the True Nature of the Mind
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Emptiness
Stephen Batchelor

Being and Emptiness: Buddhist Perspectives on Compassion
Ruben L.F. Habito

The Wisdom of Emptiness

The paramitas (the perfections)

The Practice of the Perfections
Peter Della Santina

 The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective
Robert Aitken (out of print but highly recommended)

 The Six Perfections
Geshe Sonam Rinchen

 The H. H. Dalai Lama: The Six Paramitas
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Bodhisattva vow

Bodhisattva Vows

Bodhisattva Vow

Bodhisattva Vows
Taitaku Pat Phelan

Mahayana sutras

See DharmaNet Learning Centers Sutras section >>>

The Middle Way

The Development of Mahayana Philosophy
Peter Della Santina

Tibetan

Background

Introductory Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon
Alex Berzin

What is Tibetan Buddhism?

The Five Principal Spiritual Traditions of Tibet
The Government of Tibet in Exile web site

Advice on Spiritual Practice
H.H. Rangjung Rigpae Dorje, 16th Gyalwa Karmapa

What Is the Mind?
H.H The Dalai Lama

A Survey of the Paths of Tibetan Buddhism
H.H. The Dalai Lama

Understanding the Need for Spiritual Practice
Kalu Rinpoche

An Outline of the Path to Enlightenment
Dr. Nick Ribush

Basic Buddhist Topics: Mind, Rebirth, Cyclic Existence and Enlightenment
Thubten Chodron

The Kagyu Tradition
Traleg Rinpoche

Sakya Resource Guide

The spiritual guide

Lama-The Source of Blessings
Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Four thoughts that turn the mind

The Four Ordinary Foundations
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Ashoka online course Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind 
Robert Thurman

Refuge

What is Refuge
Aenpo Kyabgon

The four noble truths

The Four Noble Truths
H.H. The Dalai Lama

Death and rebirth  

Death, Intermediate State, and Rebirth
H.H. The Dalai Lama

Dependent origination

Interdependent Origination
Aenpo Kyabgon

Bodhicitta

Sending and Receiving 
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
H.H. The Dalai Lama

The Benefits of Cherishing Others
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Seven Points of Mind Training of Atisha
Shamar Rinpoche

Loving Kindness
Mingyur Rinpoche

How to Generate Bodhicitta
Ribur Rinpoche

The Practice of Compassion
Pema Chodron

The four immeasurables

The Four Immeasurable States
Traleg Rinpoche

The paramitas

The Six Paramitas
Jigme Rinpoche

Meditation

The Heart of Mindfulness
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

The Significance of Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism
Khenpo Migmar Tsering

Meditation
Lama Yeshe

Seven Points On Meditation
Shamar Rinpoche

Essential Advice on Meditation
Sogyal Rinpoche

Questions and Answers on Meditation
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Mastering the Mind
Shamar Rinpoche

Meditation
The Dalai Lama

The Essental Two Wings: Concentration and Insight
Sakya Trizin

Calm Abiding and Insight Meditation Wisdom
Shamar Rinpoche

Calm abiding/Shamatha

Ashoka online course Taming the Mind
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & William McKeever

How to Meditate
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

A Guide to Shamatha Meditation
Thrangu Rinpoche

Calm Abiding Meditation
Shamar Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The Foundational Practice Of Tranquility Meditation

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
An Introduction to Sitting Meditation

Dagom Rinpoche
Calm Abiding Meditation

Geshe Dagpa Togyal
Shamatha Meditation 1
Shamatha Meditation 2
Shamatha Meditation3

Insight

Vipashyana Meditation
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Mahamudra

Shamar Rinpoche
introduction to Mahamudra Meditation

Alex Berzin
The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra 

Tai Situpa
Introduction to Mahamudra

Dzogchen

Brief History of Dzogchen & Introduction to Dzogchen
Alex Berzin

Nature of mind

The Experience of Shunyata: Recognizing the True Nature of the Mind
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Realization of  the Nature of the Mind
Dezhung Rinpoche

The Essence of One's Heart: How to Recognise the Nature of Mind
Tai Situpa Rinpoche

Nature of the Mind
H.H. Sakya Trizin

Emptiness

Emptiness
Tai Situpa Rinpoche

Introduction to Voidness and Mental Labeling
Alex Berzin

Emptiness
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Interview on emptiness

 Meditation on Emptiness - Jeffrey Hopkins

Selflessness of persons

In Search of the Self
Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

Selflessness of phenomena

Correct View
Denma Locho Rinpoche

Tantra

 Introduction to Tantra
Dr. Alex Berzin


Web sites with extensive teachings

Berzin archive

Lama yeshe Archive

Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche web site

Dharma Media

Simanhada

Dhagpo Kagyu Mandala

Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche web site

Kagyu Samye Ling

Kagyu Asia

Diamondway Buddhism

Sherab Ling

Nalandabodhi

Bodhicitta.net

Buddhist Information of North America

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

A Buddhist Library

Kyegu Buddhist Institute

Dharmaweb.org


 Web sites with audio teachings

Berzin archives

Kurukulla center

Ven. Thubten Chodron web site

Dharma media

Jamyang Buddhist Centre

Unfettered Mind (Ken McLeod)

Lamrim.com

Diamondway Buddhism

Ven. Khechen Thrangu Rinpoche web site

Rokpa Finland

Talkingbuddhism.com

The Dalai Lama web site

Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

Lama Yeshe Archive

Mangala Shri Bhuti

 

Zen

 

The teachings of the masters

Bodhidharma
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

Bodhidharma.com
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
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

Linji
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 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

Laughter Throught the Tears: Life as a Zen Beggar
Buddhadharma Magazine

Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations
of Zen Buddhist Practice

Wisdom Publications – 2004

How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment
Shambhala 2005

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

Sila

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.

Interview

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
Dan Leighton

James
Ford, Western
Zen

Talks
by Roshi
Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Being
Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
Reb Anderson

Patience

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)

Refuge

Peaceful
Life
Dainin Katagiri

Precepts

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

Zazen

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

Sutras

Koans

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

Practice

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

Schools

Rinzai Zen

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

Soto Zen

sotozen-net

History
of the Soto Zen School

T. Griffith Fouke

White Plum Asanga

Harada-Yasutani School of Zen Buddhism

Diamond Sangha

Art

Sengai's
Zen paintings

Hakuin Ekaku's Zen paintings

The
Face of Buddhism and Shintoism in Japanese Art

 

Poetry

A
Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku and Zen

Robert Aitken

Zen
Poems of China and Japan: The Crane's Bill

Lucien Stryk, translator

Misc

Kamakura

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

Dharmaweb

Everyday
Zen

 

Web
sites with audio teachings

Clouds
in Water Zen Center talks

Audio
Dharma Zen talks

Upaya
Zen Center's Podcasts

Everyday
Zen

 

Zen masters

 

Learning
Center

Zen

Learning Center ->Study -> Zen -> Masters and teachers

Learning Center ->Study -> Zen -> Teachings s

Web sites with extensive teachings  
Web sites with audio teachings 

The teachings of the masters

Bodhidharma
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

Bodhidharma.com
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
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

Linji
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 MindBranching 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 GatesThe Compass of ZenDropping 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 CloverTaking the Path of ZenThe Gateless BarrierThe Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist PerspectiveA 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

Sila

Some Words About Sesshin For Newcomers To Zen Practice

The Future of Zen Buddhism in the West

s The Mind of Clover

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.

Interview

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 ZenThe 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 SleepsBeyond Sanity and Madness24/7 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

Patience

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)

Refuge

Peaceful Life
Dainin Katagiri

Precepts

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

Zazen

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

Sutras

Koans

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

Practice

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

Schools

Rinzai Zen

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

Soto Zen

sotozen-net

History of the Soto Zen School
T. Griffith Fouke

White Plum Asanga

Harada-Yasutani School of Zen Buddhism

Diamond Sangha

Art

Sengai's Zen paintings

Hakuin Ekaku's Zen paintings

The Face of Buddhism and Shintoism in Japanese Art

Poetry

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

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

Misc

Kamakura

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

Dharmaweb

Everyday Zen

 Web sites with audio teachings

Clouds in Water Zen Center talks

Audio Dharma Zen talks

Upaya Zen Center's Podcasts

Everyday Zen

 

Jodo Shinshu

Study & Writings

s

A Primer of Shin Buddhism
Journal of Shin Buddhism

Essential and Pure: Core Principles in Shin Buddhism
Jeff Wilson

What is Shin Buddhism?
Professor Takamaro Shigaraki

Shin Buddhism
Taitetsu and Mark Unno

The Buddha of Infinite Light and Life
An interview with Mark and Taitetsu Unno

The Collected Works of Shinran
White Lotus Center

What is Shin Buddhism
Dr. Nobuo Haneda

Shin Buddhism: Bits of Rubble Turn Into Gold (excerpt)
Taitetsu Unno

Shin Sutras to Live By
Shin Dharma Net

Ordinary Struggles
An interview with Bishop Socho Koshin Ogui

Beyond Religion
An interview with Dr. Alfred Bloom

The Importance of Self Effort
Reverend Joren MacDonald
Florin Buddhist Temple

Amida's Dharma in the Modern World
John Paraskevopoulos

The Shin Buddhist Way
Rev. Jack Austin
Pure Land Notes

Jishin Kyoninshin – Sharing Our Faith with The World
Alfred Bloom

Shinjin: The Center of Experience 
Jerry Bolick

The Tannisho

The Tannisho
Dr. Taitetsu Unno (translation)
Reading the Tannisho is perhaps the most meaningful way for today's Shin Buddhists to touch the thought of Shinran Shonin.

The Foundation of Shinran's Faith: Supremacy of the Vow in the Tannisho
Dr. Alfred Bloom

The Tannisho
Dennis Hirota (translation)
White Lotus Center for Shin Buddhism

The Tannisho Today
Rev Tairyu Furukawa
Pure Land Notes

Reference

Glossary of Shin Buddhism Terms
Dr. Aldred Bloom

Glossary of Shin Buddhist Terms

The Living Dharma Library
Sermons and essays on Shin Buddhism by ministers and lay people. A valuable resource for insights and information on Shin Buddhism, presented by the West Covina (California) Buddhist Temple.

Academic resources and databases

Buddhist databases & input projects

General

Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project
Study, editing, and publication of what may be the oldest surviving Buddhist texts–a unique collection of fifty-seven fragments of Buddhist manuscripts on birch bark scrolls, written in the Kharosthi script and the Gandhari (Prakrit) language in the first century A.D.

Electronic Buddhadharma Society (EBS)

Electronic Buddhist Text Initiative (EBTI)

Buddhist Canon Translation Project (Numata Center)

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

Pali and Pali Canon

Access to Insight
Many excellent translations of the Pali Canon

Andy's Pali Page

Buddhist Scripture Information Retrieval (BUDSIR)
Digial Tipitaka and Atthakatha. The Siamratha version of the Pali Tipitaka.

Dhammakaya Foundation - Pali Tipitaka

International Buddhist Research & Information Center (IBRIC)

Pali Language Sources & Resources

Pali language resources

Pali Text Society

Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project

Vipassana Research Institute – Tipitaka search engine

The Pali Tipitaka: The Teachings of the Buddha

Tibetan

The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
TBRC's Digital Library is comprised of a vast archive of digital images from the scanning operations, totaling approximately 4 million pages of texts to date. Their Knowledge Base provides access.

Institute of Tibetan Classics
A non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of classical Tibetan thought and culture.

Asian Classics Input Project

The Kangyur Text Input Project

Buddhist Studies Academic Resources

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library [AU].

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies [Barre MA].

Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley.

Buddhapia Network [Korea] - Korean Buddhism, in English and Korean.

Buddhism in the National Capital of Canada [Ottawa ON].

Buddhism in Vietnam.

Buddhist Association at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Buddhist Library [Singapore].

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library [AU].

Buddhist Worlds in the USA [Hamilton College].

Center for Buddhist Studies [National Taiwan University].

Centre for Buddhist Studies [University of Bristol].

Centre of Buddhist Studies [University of Hong Kong].

Dharma Realm Buddhist University [Sagely City of 10,000 Buddhas, CA].

Digital Dictionary of Buddhist Terms, by Charles Muller.

Dr. Ron Epstein's Resources for the Study of Buddhism

European Buddhist University [Paris, France] - founded in 1995 by French Buddhists to promote Buddhist studies in France and Europe.

Links of Interest to Resources for Buddhist Studies [UCLA International Institute]

Graduate Programs in Asian Philosophy and Religion

Harvard Buddhist Community.

International Association of Buddhist Studies [U. North Carolina, Wilmington NC] - a non-profit international professional organization devoted to the academic study of Buddhism in all its manifestations and from any disciplinary perspective.

International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ) [Hanazono U - Kyoto Japan] - an academic research institution devoted to the study of Zen Buddhism serving the needs of researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners of Buddhism, plus electronic tools -- such as a 48,000 character Chinese character database.

Kalavinka Dharma Jewels Buddhist Translation Archive [Portland OR] - Original translations & links to other translations on the Web.

Le Bouddhisme Theravada.

Naropa University [Boulder CO] - started by Ven. Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. It offers Bachelors and Masters Degrees including a Bachelors Degree in Religion, and a Master's in Buddhist Studies.

National Taiwan University Digital Library & Museum of Buddhist Studies

Numata Center for Buddhist Translation & Research (Berkeley CA).

Resources for the Study of Buddhism [San Francisco State University].

South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI).

Tibetan Studies WWW Virtual Library [AU].

UK Association for Buddhist Studies [UK] - lists members' postal addresses, telephone/fax numbers, E-mail addresses, research interests, and publications. It also gives details of UK courses relating to Buddhism, contains links to other web-sites and gives information on useful discussion lists.

Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library

 

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