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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. DREAM CONVERSATIONS: ON BUDDHISM AND ZEN
by National Teacher Muso
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 157062206X, Paperback, 112 pp, June 1996)
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This is a collection of a renowed Japanese master's written replies to the questions about the true nature of Zen. In short, simply worded teachings, Muso Kokushi (1275-2351) also known as Muso Soseki, exposes common misconceptions with inprecedented clarity, offering psychological insights designed to lead the reader into the depth of authentic Zen experience. These incisive teachings will be especially valuable for today's Zen students, as they struggle with their own confusion nad misunderstanding about the true path of Zen. (From the back cover of the book).

buy this book 12. ENLIGHTENMENT UNFOLDS: THE ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER DOGEN
by Zen master Dogen; Kazuaki Tanahashi (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570623058, Hardcover, 311 pp, January 1999)
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Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) is unquestionably one of the most significant religious figures in Japanese history. The founder of the Soto school of Zen, he was a prolific writer whose works have instructed and inspired for more than seven hundred years, and who used everything from poetry to the mundane details of everyday life in a monastery to illuminate Zen teaching. Enlightenment Unfolds contains works written by Dogen throughout his life, presented in chronological order, beginning with the journal from his study in China, providing a substantial selection from his masterwork, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, and concluding with his spare but eloquent death poem. A number of the selections appear here in English for the first time.

buy this book 13. ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER HAKUIN
by Zen master Hakuin; Norman Waddell (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877739722, Paperback, 192 pp, June 1994)
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A fiery and intensely dynamic Zen teacher and artist, Hakuin (1686-1769)is credited with almost single-handedly revitalizing Japanese Zen after three hundred years of decline. As a teacher, he placed special emphasis on koan practice, inventing many new koans himself, including the famous, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" The text translated here offers an excellent introduction to the work of this extraordinary teacher.

buy this book 14. INSTANT ZEN: WAKING UP IN THE PRESENT
by Ch'an master Foyan; Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (ISBN #: 1556431937, Paperback, 137pp, August 1994)
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This first English translation of a great Zen master's work introduces the liberating force of Zen practice in everyday experience. Demonstrating how the words of Ch'an Master Foyen apply to contemporary life, Instant Zen introduces the teachings of the 11th-century master in clear, practical language.

Translated from Chinese by Thomas Cleary

buy this book 15. LOTUS MOON: THE POETRY OF THE BUDDHIST NUN RENGETSU
by Rengetsu; John Stevens (translator)
Publisher: Weatherhill, Inc. (ISBN #: 0834803038, Paperback, no pages number - Pocket size, March 1994)
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A reviewer, A reviewer, July 17, 2001,
In this world...
I have read LOTUS MOON many times over because it teaches certain values that are hard to come by in contemporary culture. And yet there is no preaching in Rengetsu's poetry, no must, or should or ought. Her compassion, her enlightened mind simply and naturally fill her content without effort. A poem by Rengetsu says: 'In this world / people from all walks of life / go to the shallows of a stream / and perform ablutions / to purify their minds.' What world is this? Will there ever be a world like this again, I wonder? But it is a privelege to spend some time in Rengetsu's world, to walk with her values and learn from her poetry.

buy this book 16. MAN OF ZEN: THE RECORDED SAYINGS OF LAYMAN P'ANG
by Ch'an Layman P'ang Yun; Ruth Fuller Sasaki, et al (translators)
Publisher: Weatherhill, Inc., Inklings edition (ISBN #: 0834802589, Paperback, 136 pp, October 1992)
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Summary
One of few well-known Ch'an laymen in the world of Zen.

One day 1200 years ago in China, P'ang Yun loaded all his goods and money in a boat and sank it in a river. The rest of his life he devoted to Zen meditation and to wandering about engaging other Zen men in dialogue. This translation of anecdotes, dialogues, and poems by or about the Layman shows him to be engaging figure filled with humor and zest for life, who through his words and actions reveals the timeless world of Zen. (from the backcover of the book).

buy this book 17. MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO: BOOK 1
by Zen master Dogen; Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross (translators)
Publisher: Windbell Publications, 1st edition (ISBN #: 0952300214, Paperback: 358 pages, January 1994)
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Summary
This translation, supported by the Japan Foundation, makes a strong claim to be the definitive translation of the 95 chapter edition of Shobogenzo, the essential Japanese Buddhist text, written in the 13th century by Zen Master Dogen. The translation adheres closely to the original Japanese, with a clear style and extensive annotations. Book 1 presents translations of twenty-one chapters of Shobogenzo including Genjo-koan (The Realized Universe), Soku-shin-ze-butsu Mind Here & Now is Buddha), Uji (Existence-Time), and Sansuigyo (The Sutra of Mountains & Water). Its several reference sections include a Chinese/English appendix of references to the Lotus Sutra, and an extensive Sanskrit glossary.

Translated from Japanese by Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross

buy this book 18. MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO: BOOK 2
by Zen master Dogen; Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross (translators)
Publisher: Windbell Publications, 1st edition (ISBN #: 0952300222, Paperback: 400 pages, March 1996)
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Summary
Following on from Shobogenzo Book 1, the second book in this four volume set contains the next 20 chapters from the 95 chapter edition, including these well known chapters: Bussho (Buddha Nature); Daigo (Great Realization);Gyoji (Conduct and Observance); Inmo (This); and Shinjin-gakudo (Learning the Truth with Body and Mind). Book 2 maintains the highest standards of translation, with a clear style that rigorously follows the original words of Master Dogen. Ample footnotes, including Japanese and Chinese characters, explanatory text, and cross-references to other works, provide the reader with a wealth of supplementary information. Also included are a Sanskrit glossary of terms, and a list of Pinyin equivalents to the Japanese readings of Masters' names.

Translated from Japanese by Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross

buy this book 19. MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO: BOOK 3
by Zen master Dogen; Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross (translators)
Publisher: Windbell Publications, 1st edition (ISBN #: 0952300230, Paperback: 324 pages, January 1998)
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Summary
This translation, supported by the Japan Foundation, makes a strong claim to be the definitive translation of the 95 chapter edition of Shobogenzo, the essential Japanese Buddhist text, written in the 13th century by Zen Master Dogen. The translation adheres closely to the original Japanese, with a clear style and extensive annotations.
Book 3 presents translations of Chapters 42 to 72 of Shobogenzo.
"The first Patriarch, the Venerable Bodhidharma, after arriving from the west, passed nine years facing the wall at Shorin-ji temple on Shoshitsu-ho peak in the Sugaku mountains, sitting in Zazen in the lotus posture.
From that time through to today, brains and eyes have pervaded China. The lifeblood of the first Patriarch is only the practice of sitting in the full lotus posture."

Translated from Japanese by Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross

buy this book 20. MASTER DOGEN'S SHOBOGENZO: BOOK 4
by Zen master Dogen; Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross (translators)
Publisher: Windbell Publications, 1st edition (ISBN #: 0952300249, Paperback: 280 pages, January 1999)
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Summary
The fourth and final volume of the Nishijima & Cross translation of Master Dogen's Shobogenzo.

Translated from Japanese by Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross

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