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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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buy this book 11. THE PATH OF INSIGHT MEDITATION
by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
Publisher: Shambala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570620695, Paperback 177 pages - Pocketsize, August 1995)
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"Beauty Arises from Presence of Mind and Simplicity.", March 14, 2001
Reviewer: Kelly Werner
"Though our minds may be complicated, Beauty is not. We don't have to strive to make beauty in our lives, or look far to find it. When the mind is still, we can see a msgnificence even the most ordinary things--the vividness of a sunset, the warmth of a smile, the simplicity of serving a cup of tea. We can new life and growth. Each thing is different from all others, each moment is unique." [from page 152.]

Here are the chapters:
1) Discovering the Heart of Meditation
2) Meditation Instructions
3) Difficulties and Hindrances
4) Suffering: The Gateway to Compasion
5) Integrating Practice...

buy this book 12. THE PRACTICE OF ZEN
by Garma C. C. Chi
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers (ISBN #: 0313202648, Paper back, 256 pp, January 1959)
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Summary
The Practice of Zen is most valuable for all Zen students, a primer for the beginner and of importance to the serious Western students. (From BACK COVER of the book).

buy this book 13. THE PRECIOUS GARLAND AND THE SONG OF THE FOUR MINDFULNESSES (THE WISDOM OF TIBET; SERIES 2)
by Nagarjuna & Kaysang Gyatso; Jeffrey Hopkins & Lati Rimpoche (translators)
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers (ISBN #: 006063541X, Hard cover, 119 pages, January 1975)
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"The Precious Garland" is a lay paerson's guide to enlightenment, written, without fear or favor, for a king by Nagarjuna some 400 hundred years after the Buddha... "The Precious Garland" is famous for its description of the Bodhisattva path of compassion, together with its clear, concise analysis of Buddha's teaching on emptiness.
"The Song of the Four Mindfulness" contains a short summary of the meditational approach to enlightenment by Kysang Gyatso, the Seventh Dalai Lama, who lived from 1708 to 1757. Brief as it is, this work nevertheless gives all the essentials of sutra and tantra...(from flaps of the book).

buy this book 14. TRANSFORMATION AT THE BASE: FIFTY VERSES ON THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press (ISBN #: 1888375140, Hardcover, 248 pp, June 2001)
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Summary
This is Thich Nhat Hanh's unique, contemporary presentation of 50 Verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu, combined with the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Here, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing, embracing, and looking deeply into the nature of our feelings and perceptions. Presenting the basic teachings of Buddhist psychology, he shows us how our mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted: seeds of suffering, sorrow, and fear, and seeds of happiness and joy. If we know how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, then understanding, love and compassion will flower. Vietnamese Zen Master Thuong Chieu said, "When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy." Transformation at the Base is offered to help us see how the mind works, and the 50 verses are a kind of road map to the path of practice.

buy this book 15. ZEN FABLES FOR TODAY
by Richard McLean
Publisher: Perennial Currents (ISBN #: 0380795612, 144 pages, October 2004)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Mindfulness, compassion, humor, and enlightenment are the cornerstones of Zen philosophy—a way of thinking and being that is practical and liberating today as it was two thousand years ago. In these lovely and deceptively simple parable are relevant truths for our modern times. Mindfulness, compassion, humor, and enlightenment are the cornerstones of Zen philosophy — a way of thinking and being that is practical and liberating today as it was two thousand years ago. In these lovely and deceptively simple parable are relevant truths for our modern times.

buy this book 16. ZEN GUITAR
by Philip Toshio Sudo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (ISBN #: 068483877X, Paperback, 208pp, March 1998)
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Summary
A student of Eastern philosophy and an avid guitar player, Philip Sudo realized that each of us carries a song inside that makes us unique. In "Zen Guitar", he shows readers how to find--and awaken--the song within. For professional musicians, amateur guitar enthusiasts, or music lovers who have never played a chord, this unique book sounds a theme of harmony that will resonate in all aspects of life.

buy this book 17. ZEN KEYS: A GUIDE TO ZEN PRACTICE
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. (ISBN #: 0385475616, Paperback, 198 pp, October 1994)
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From the Publisher
Thich Nhat Hanh brings his warmth and clarity to this unique explication of Zen Buddhism. Beginning with a discussion of daily life in a Zen monastery, Nhat Hanh illustrates the character of Zen as practiced in Vietnam, and gives the reader clear explanations of the central elements of Zen practice and philosophy. Thorough attention is given to concepts such as Awareness and Impermanence, and to contemporary issues such as the conflicts between modern technology and spirituality. The final section includes a set of 43 koans from the 13th century Vietnamese master, Tran Thai Tong, which are translated here for the first time into English.

buy this book 18. ZEN LESSONS, THE ART OF LEADERSHIP
by Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 0877738939, Pocket size - Softcover - 261 pp, January 1993)
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Summary
This is the art of Zen living in the actual world, an art of leadership in an organization or a community; a guide to people who got a power position in economy, finance or politics; a conduct for people in behaviour and relationship.

This is Zen actually lives in the world of duality.

Translated from Chinese by Thomas Cleary.

buy this book 19. ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND: INFORMAL TALKS ON ZEN MEDITATION AND PRACTICE
by Shunryu Suzuki
Publisher: Weatherhill (ISBN #: 0834800799, Paperback, 138pp, December 1997)
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Summary
In one of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice, the important teacher Shunryu Suzuki discusses posture and breathing in meditation as well as selflessness, emptiness, and mindfulness. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

buy this book 20. ZEN WISDOM: DAILY TEACHINGS FROM THE ZEN MASTERS
by Timothy Freke (editor)
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0806999772, Hardcover, 128 pp, September 1997)
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Summary
From the Publisher
Treat yourself to beautiful, powerful insights, drawn from the great writings of Zen Buddhism. Each month begins with a passage from a traditional Buddhist parable. As you follow the story's progress, its parallels to your own life will become clear. With striking illustrations and paintings. "Zen teachings from Zen masters for every day of the year."—PW.

"Beautifully produced. 365 glorious quotations...The Zen spirit of wit, paradox, indirection, and mindfulness shines forth on every page."—

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