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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 41. ZEN IN MEDIEVAL VIETNAM: A STUDY AND TRANSLATION OF THIEN UYEN TAP ANH
by Cuong Tu Nguyen (translator)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (ISBN #: 0824819489, Hardcover, 483 pp, December 1997)
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Among the China-based Buddhist traditions of East Asia, Vietnamese Buddhism is the least known. To most Westerners, it is an extrapolation of popular perceptions of modern East Asian Buddhism, particularly Japanese Zen. As a result, Vietnamese Buddhism has been considered a faithful continuation of Chinese Zen - a view enthusiastically embraced by Vietnamese Buddhists themselves. At the root of this misperception lies the uncritical acceptance of the Thien Uyen Tap Anh (Outstanding Figures in the Zen Community [of Vietnam]), a fourteenth-century text of the Chinese "chuandeng lu" (transmission of the lamp) genre, which claims to report the transmission of the Zen lineages in Vietnam. The author proposes a rereading of the Thien Uyen and an analysis from a variety of perspectives (historical, textual, and comparative), which includes an outline of influences and borrowings from the Chinese Jingde chuandeng lu, a text composed in the early eleventh century. He concludes that there has never been a "Zen tradition" in Vietnam in the sense of unbroken lineages, a well-defined philosophical outlook, or institutions with an identifiable set of scriptures, doctrines, and practices. Rather Zen Buddhism manifests itself in a philosophical attitude and artistic sentiments scattered throughout religious and cultural life. To support his argument, Nguyen concludes his study with a complete, annotated translation of the Thien Uyen, the first ever in English.

buy this book 42. ZEN LETTERS: TEACHINGS OF YUANWU
by Ch'an master Yuan-wu; J. C. Cleary & Thomas Cleary (translators)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877739315, Paperback, 144pp, February 1994)
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Summary
These teachings are drawn from the letters written by Ch'an master Yuan-wu, the author of The Blue Record.

Translated from Chinese by J. C. Cleary & Thomas Cleary

buy this book 43. ZEN POEMS OF CHINA AND JAPAN: THE CRANE'S BILL
by Lucien Stryk (translator)
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (ISBN #: 0802130194, Paperback, 208 pp, March 1981)
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Capturing in verse the ageless spirit of Zen, these 150 poems reflect the insights of famed masters from the ninth century to the nineteenth. The translators, in collaboration with Zen Master Taigan Takayama, have furnished illuminating commentary on the poems and arranged them so as to facilitate comparison between the Chinese and Japanese Zen traditions

buy this book 44. ZEN POETRY OF DOGEN: VERSES FROM THE MOUNTAIN OF ETERNAL PEACE
by Zen master Dogen; Steven Heine (translator)
Publisher: 0804831076 (ISBN #: 0804831076, Paperback, 208 pp, September 1997)
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Although best known for zazen meditation, Dogen felt that poetry could act as a complement to the enlightenment experience, and this collection beautifully confirms this belief. Dogen scholar Steven Heine provides clear and revealing translations that capture Dogen's unique voice, echoing the master's Zen naturalist and aesthetic philosophy. More than a collection of enlightened poetry, this collection will appeal to both students and non-students of Buddhism alike.

Translated from Japanese by Steven Heine

buy this book 45. ZEN TEACHINGS OF BODHIDHARMA
by attributed to Bodhidharma - Red Pine (translator)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN #: 0865473994, Paperback, 126 pp, November 1987)
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This bilingual edition, the only volume of the great teacher's work currently available in English, presents four teachings in their entirety. "Outline of Practice" describes the four all-inclusive habits that lead to enlightenment, the "Bloodstream Sermon" exhorts students to seek the Buddha by seeing their own nature, the "Wake-up Sermon" defends his premise that the most essential method for reaching enlightenment is beholding the mind. The original Chinese test, presented on facing pages, is taken from a Ch'ing dynasty woodblock edition.

buy this book 46. ZEN TEACHINGS OF HUANG-PO
by Ch'an master Huang-po; John E. Blofeld (translator)
Publisher: Grove Press, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877739692, Paperback, 263pp, May 1994)
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Summary
This is a collection of the sayings of Huang-po, a Chinese Zen master, recorded by P'ei Hsiu, one of his layman disciple.

Translated from Chinese by John E. Blofeld

buy this book 47. ZEN TEACHINGS OF INSTANTANEOUS AWAKENING
by Ch'an master Hui-hai, Joh Blofeld (translator)
Publisher: Buddhist Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0946672032, Paperback, 135 pp, January 1996)
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Zen Master Hui Hai, affectionately known as "The Great Pearl", was of the same spiritual tradition as Hui Neng, Ma Tsu, and Huang Po. His style of teaching is very direct and just as pertinent today as it was 1,200 years ago in China. John Blofeld, noted translator of the I Ching, taught Buddhism in Chinese temples before the Communist revolution. His love of China and knowledge of Buddhism enable him to translate this volume with feeling and insight.

Translated from Chinese by John E. Blofeld

buy this book 48. ZEN TEACHINGS OF MASTER LIN-CHI: A TRANSLATION OF THE LIN-CHI LU
by Ch'an master Lin-chi; Burton Watson (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231114850, Paperback, 140 pp, February 1999)
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Among the most important texts of Zen literature is the Lin-chi lu, which details the insights and exploits of the great ninth-century Chinese Ch'an (Zen) master Lin-chi, one of the most highly regarded of the T´ang period masters. PEN Translation Prize-winner Burton Watson presents an eloquent translation of this seminal classic for modern readers -the only English-language version of the Lin-chi lu available. Lin-chi´s style of Zen - encouraging the use of unorthodox teaching methods and stressing the importance of koan study -is well known to Western readers and scholars, and is beautifully rendered in Watson´s translation. The work is an exacting depiction of Lin-chi´s words and actions, describing the Zen master´s life and teachings and including a number of his sermons, long recognized for their brisk, evocative language. Watson contributes a lucid introduction, as well as a glossary and notes.

Translated from Chinese by Burton Watson

buy this book 49. ZEN WORD, ZEN CALLIGRAPHY
by Eido Tai Shimano, Kogatsu Tani
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 1570621276, Paperback, 168 pp, August 1995)
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The heart of Zen is expressed here in beautiful Japanese calligraphies, some of them just a word, other a famous Zen phrase from a person from a poem, koan, or anecdote. Shimano, a well-known Japanese-American Zen master, uses Zen stories and teachings to illuminate the inner meanings of each calligraphy. 51 two-color illustrations.

buy this book 50. ZEN: MERGING OF EAST AND WEST
by Philip Kapleau
Publisher: Anchor (ISBN #: 0385261047, Paperback, 336 pages, September 2000)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
In this companion volume to The Three Pillars of Zen, Kapleau establishes guidelines for Western practitioners of Zen Buddhism, offering appealing, simple answers to the questions Westerners most often ask. Among the topics discussed in this informative, user-friendly book: "Transcendental Meditation: Who Transcends What?", "Can I Practice Zen and Be a Good Jew (or Catholic)?", "Reading About Enlightenment Is Like Scratching an Itchy Foot Through Your Shoe," and "Meditation Is an Escape—What Are You Doing to Help Society?" Kapleau's eloquence, humor, and authority make this an indispensible handbook for understanding Zen in the Western world.

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