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Floating Zendo is a place for Soto Zen practice in San Jose, CA and other locations

Studying the Lankavatara Sutra

Filed under: Books, Reading, Study — audio at 12:18 am on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Floating Zendo has begun studying the Lankavatara Sutra. The sutra recounts a teaching between the Buddha and a bodhisattva named Mahatmi. Zen’s First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, is said to have told his successor that everything he needed to know was in the Lankavatara Sutra. We are using Red Pine’s translation and commentary to study the sutra.

If you would like to study the sutra with us, we meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends’ Meetinghouse, 1041 Morse Street, San Jose. Everyone is welcome.

Studying Dogen’s “Mountains and Rivers”

Filed under: Books, Reading, Study — audio at 10:42 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012

Beginning March 2012, Floating Zendo will study the Sansui-kyo (”Mountains and Rivers”) chapter of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Kazuaki Tanahashi, translator. The Tanahashi translation is available in the collected Treasury of the True Dharma Eye and also in Moon in a Dewdrop.

After we finish the “Mountains and Rivers” chapter, we will look into The Book of Serenity, Soto Zen koans translated by Thomas Cleary.

A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, by Santideva

Filed under: Books, Study, Web — Administrator at 2:13 pm on Monday, April 30, 2007

[We are beginning study of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, written by Santideva. We begin with Chapter 1 on May 1, 2007, as part of our regular Tuesday evening schedule in San Jose. Please join us.]
(concerning development of an enlightened mind)
Translations in print:

  • Bodhicaryavatara, Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton
  • Entering the Path of Enlightenment, Marion Matics
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior, Alexander Berzin
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Stephen Bachelor
  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Vesna and Alan Wallace
  • The Way of the Bodhisattva, Walstan Fletcher

Online Translations:


  • Transcendent Wisdom, Dalai Lama (on Chapter 9)
  • A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night, Dalai Lama
  • Meaningful to Behold, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • No Time to Lose, Pemo Chodron