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  Ching Ch'ing, a Chinese Ch'an master, asked a monk:
-What is the sound outside?
The monk answered:
-That is the sound of rain.
The master said:
-Sentient beings are upside down, they lose themselves in pursuit of things.
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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 31. THE ZEN MASTER HAKUIN
by Zen masre Hakuin; Phillp B. Yampolsky (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231060416, Paperback, 253 pp, February 1985)
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Reviewer: Max König from Tromso Norway
There are many books on the teachings of various Zen Masters. Hakuin is definitely one of the most famous Zen Masters ever. Besides Lin Chi (translated from Burton Watson), Hakuin is my favourite.

buy this book 32. THE ZEN WORKS OF STONEHOUSE: POEMS AND TALKS OF A FOURTEENTH-CENTURY CHINESE HERMIT
by Hermit StoneHouse; Red Pine (translator)
Publisher: Mercury House (ISBN #: 156279101X, Paperback, 231 pp, August 1997)
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Writings of Stonehouse:learn from a truly great zen teacher, June 10, 1999
Reviewer: James Grob (see more about me) from Issaquah, WA USA
Red Pine(the translator) is an american with years of study in Taiwan. His translations(the poetry in this volume a superb re-working of his earlier version)are like a clear window through which we can see the day-to-day living of a fully enlightened zen master. This volume includes considerable additional poetry and a number of "teachings" copied down by his students. If you are interested in Zen this should be an early addition to your shelf. If I could keep only l book on zen it would be this(or even just the poetry) as it not only says everything necessary about zen but allows you to watch it being lived out.

buy this book 33. THREE AGES OF ZEN: SAMURAI, FEUDAL AND MODERN
by Trevor P. Leggett (compiler)
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. (ISBN #: 0804818983, Paperback, 144 pp, August 1993)
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This unique book is comprised of three texts, translated from Japanese and compiled to illumunate three ages of Zen in Japan: warrior Zen of crisis in the 13th century; feudal Zen for 18th century samurai officials; and modern Zen in 20th century Japan. (From the back cover of the book)

buy this book 34. TO SHINE ONE CORNER OF THE WORLD: MOMENTS WITH SHUNRYU SUZUKI
by Students of Shunryu Suzuki, David Chadwick (Editor)
Publisher: Broadway Books (ISBN #: 0767906519, Hardcover, 144pp, March 2001)
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“We say, to shine one corner of the world–that is enough. Not the whole world. Just make it clear where you are.”
Shunryu Suzuki’s extraordinary gift for bringing to life traditional Zen teaching in ordinary language is known to countless readers of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. But what was it like to practice Zen with Suzuki Roshi? How did he actually teach? To Shine One Corner of the World illuminates these questions by presenting quintessential stories and moments with this profound teacher. Here are encounters, told in the words of his students, which have remained vivid after thirty years. In reading these simple, eloquent accounts, you can join Suzuki Roshi on the path, in the meditation hall, in lectures, and in private interviews and meet his fresh, piercing, often humorous mind. These often paradoxical moments do not translate into easy prescriptions for happiness or spiritual advancement, and yet they changed lives. Considered carefully, they point to the light that shines from each of us.

buy this book 35. TRANSMISSION OF THE MIND OUTSIDE THE TEACHING
by Charles Luk (translator)
Publisher: Grove Press, Inc. (ISBN #: 0802101046, Paperback, 191 pp, January 1974)
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This collection is the first of a projected ten-volume translation of Ko Tsun Su Yu Lu, a compilation of Ch'an sayings and dialogues which are among the basic texts by the enlightened masters of China. Each of the masters is known for his unique style and teaching methods, and the collection of the sayings forms the core of classic Chinese Zen literature. (From the back cover of the book)

Translated from Chinese by Charles Luk

buy this book 36. WHEEL OF LIFE & DEATH
by Philip Kapleau
Publisher: Anchor (ISBN #: 0385234139, Paperback, 370 pages, March 1990)
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Book Description
Drawing on the teachings of Eastern and Western religions, with insights gleaned from his own Zen experience, world-renowned Zen-Buddhist teacher Kapleau clearly and concisely explains the often avoided subject of death and dying as it relates to each of us.

buy this book 37. WILD IVY : THE SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ZEN MASTER HAKUIN
by Zen master Hakuin; Norman Waddell (translator)
Publisher: Random House, Inc (ISBN #: 1570624356, Hardcover, 177 pp, March 1999)
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From the Publisher
Hakuin Zenji (1689-1769) is a towering figure in Japanese Zen. A fiery and dynamic teacher and renowned artist, he reformed the Zen Rinzai tradition, which had fallen into stagnation and decline in his time, revitalizing it and ensuring its survival even to our own day Hakuin emphasized the importance of zazen, or sitting meditation, and is also known for his skillful use of koans as a means to insight: the most famous of all koans, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" is attributed to Hakuin. This is the first English translation of Hakuin's intimate self-portrait. It includes reminiscences from his childhood, accounts of his Zen practice and enlightenment experiences, as well as practical advice for students.

buy this book 38. ZEN AND THE WAYS
by Trevor P. Leggett (compiler)
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. (ISBN #: 0804815240, Paperback, 258 pp, November 1988)
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From the Publisher
Zen is practice and realization of the Buddha heart. Its tradition came from India associated with extreme detachment, fearlessness and meditation. Its practice is inquiry into the nature of self. Its realization is the transcendental aloneness of the Buddha's 'In heaven and earth I alone am the World-honoured one.' In expression it has shown freedom from fear of death, a certain carelessness as to what may happen, and inspiration in all the concerns of life, great and small.

buy this book 39. ZEN DAWN: EARLY ZEN TEXTS FROM TUN HUANG
by J. C. Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570627029, Paperback, 144pp, March 1994)
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Summary
This is a translation of three long-lost early Zen texts which were rediscovered in Tun Huang, China:
* Records of the Teachers and Students of the Lanka represents biographies of the Zen patriarchs.
* Bodhidharma's Treatise on Contemplating Mind, a dialogue between Bodhidharma and his Dharma successor, Huike on cultivating mind.
* Treatise on Sudden Enlightenment.

Tanslated from Chinese by J. C. Cleary

buy this book 40. ZEN FOR AMERICANS
by Soyen Shaku
Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) (ISBN #: 1586635638, Hardcover: 220 pages , June 2002)
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Editorial Reviews
1913. This little work is a collection of some of the lectures delivered by the Right Reverend Soyen Shaku during his sojourn in Japan. He lectured on the Sutra of Forty-two Chapters, and naturally chose the texts for his sermons from this most popular among the canonical books. Partial Contents: Sutra of forty-two chapters; God conception; assertions and denials; immortality; Buddhist faith and ethics; What is Buddhism? middle way; wheel of the good law; reply to a Christian critic; ignorance and enlightenment; practice of Dhyana; Buddhism and oriental culture; sacrifice for a stanza; Buddhist view of war.

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