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Aspects of Sitting by Kobun Chino roshi

Filed under: Reading, Study, Web — Administrator at 10:09 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2007

We have begun the study of Kobun Chino roshi’s Aspects of Sitting. We began this study in mid-August 2007, and will review a chapter each Tuesday evening after zazen in San Jose.

The text addresses guidelines for zazen, which are especially relevant, as we are about to hold our annual sesshin. Kobun was Angie’s teacher.

Angie handed out paper copies of Aspects for local use in San Jose.

There is an almost identical online copy available at Jikoji, if you’d like to study along with us (remotely).  Angie’s Tuesday evening talks on Aspects will be available as well.

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

Dogen’s Users Manuals on Zazen

Filed under: Reading, Web — Administrator at 12:35 am on Thursday, December 28, 2006

I recently read some lectures by Pat Phelan about Dogen’s Fukanzazengi, where she indicates that Dogen wrote three zazen “users manuals”, that are available in English from Stanford’s Soto Text Translation Project:

The translators’ notes and supplemental notes are especially helpful to understand the historical Zen background/context of Dogen’s references.

I hope you too find these excellent Dogen writings an encouragement in your practice.

… Dan