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  A wandering monk called Vaccha asked the Buddha if the Buddha would still exsist after death. The Buddha replied:
"Vaccha, the idea that I would exist or not exist after death - such ideas lead to dense jungles and arid deserts, to entanglements... continue...

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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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The Language of Zen: Heart Speaking to Heart
by Richard Burnett Carter

11. THE LANGUAGE OF ZEN: HEART SPEAKING TO HEART
by Richard Burnett Carter
Publisher: Sterling Ethos (ISBN #: 1402747012, Hardcover, January 2010)
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Summary
"God," "Zazen," "Void," "Koan": We may think we understand these words. But what exactly do they mean in the world of Zen Buddhism? Westerners can have difficulty grasping the language in the way the original Zen writers intended. This lyrical inquiry examines the complexity of these terms, expanding your mind and opening it to the possibilities of Zen.

The first section provides brief explanations; the second part goes into greater depth, with some words repeated and others new. Why can we recognize the words “dharma” and “karma” and not Mahayana, the Greater Vehicle? In what way is the Buddha like a jumping frog?

Unlike entries in a dictionary, this lively conversation will animate your thoughts and stir your sleeping consciousness.

buy this book 12. THE TRAINING OF THE ZEN BUDDHIST MONK
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. (ISBN #: 0804830428, Paperback, 160 pp, August 1994)
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Summary
This is perhaps the best introduction to Zen that he [D.T. Suzuki] has written. He is concrete, as Zen itself is concrete. By means of a direct and succint description of the training that Zen Buddhist monk undergoes, he has givne us the most precise picture possible of Zen in life.
The forty-three illustrations give a unique value to the book. The artist, Zenchu Sato, has depicted here the record of his own experiences in going through all the disciplinary measures pertaining to the life of Zen. (From the back flap of the book)

buy this book 13. THREE PILLARS OF ZEN : TEACHING, PRACTICE, AND ENLIGHTENMENT (TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
by Phillip Kapleau Roshi
Publisher: Anchor (ISBN #: 0385260938, Paperback, 480pp, February 1989)
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Summary
Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism. An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.

buy this book 14. WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
by Walpola Sri Rahula
Publisher: Grove Press; Revised edition (ISBN #: 0802130313, Paperback, 151 pages, July 1974)
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Summary
Editorial Reviews:
Beneath the enormous umbrella of Buddhism, there is a diverse galaxy of customs and beliefs, but there is also a kernel of truth that every sect holds dear. Rahula Walpola, scholar and monk, discovers this foundation of Buddhism for us first through straightforward explication, never skipping over a point that has yet to be substantiated, then through translations from key scriptures. Logical and focused, these are the essentials of Buddhism; know them first, then move comfortably on to other Buddhist works.
From Library Journal
Rahula is a scholar monk who trained in the Theravadan tradition in Ceylon. His succinct, clear overview of Buddhist concepts has never been surpassed. It is the standard.

buy this book 15. ZEN ANTICS - 100 STORIES OF ENLIGHTENMENT
by Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 0877739447, Paperback, 128pp, October 1993)
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Reviewer: A reader from Freeport, ME
Zen Antics are 100 short stories about famous Zen Masters such as Hakuin, Bankei, and Shosan and the tricks and pranks they use to point directly at their students minds so that they might realize enlightenment. Also includes stories of wandering monks and the adventures they encountered on their journeys. With stories like "The Drunken Buddha" and "Wiping a Buddha's Ass", these stories are anything but orthodox.

buy this book 16. ZEN FLESH, ZEN BONES: A COLLECTION OF ZEN AND PRE-ZEN WRITINGS
by Nyogen Senzaki, Paul Reps (compilers)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570620636, Paperback, 285 pp, January 1994)
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Summary
Here, in one volume are four original sources for Zen 101: Zen Stories, The Gateless Gate, Bulls, and Centering Together serve as a desirable volume of source readings for one already familiar with Zen. For the reader not familiar with Zen, this is an ideal introduction.

buy this book 17. ZEN KOAN CARD PACK WITH BOOK
by Timothy Freke
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc. (ISBN #: 1556706510, Hard cover with box, 64 pp, August 1995)
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From the Publisher
For guidance, Zen masters give their students a "koan", a phrase of question that serves as a doorway into a spiritual understanding of life's predicaments. The "Zen Koan Card Pack" is an original and accessible aid to gaining insight into the enigmatic wisdom of Zen Buddhism. Each card contains a particular koan, and the accompanying 64-page book explores the meaning of each koan and explains other ways to use the cards for inner fulfillment. 30 cards.

buy this book 18. ZEN PHILOSOPHY, ZEN PRACTICE
by Thich Thien An
Publisher: Dharma Publishing (ISBN #: 091354633X, Paperback, 192 pp, November 1989)
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Summary
An introduction to the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism by a widely respected Vietnamese educator and monk. Each chapter examines a specific topic, such as karma, and ends with a meditation practice.

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