A Guide to Zen: Lessons From a Modern Master by Katsuki Sekida

By Katsuki Sekida

Edited through Marc Allen


Katsuki Sekida was once either an exceptional author and an outstanding Zen grasp, and his books on Zen are one of the such a lot accomplished ever written in English. In those pages, his former pupil Marc Allen culls the best items from the unique works to create a fantastically readable, brilliantly illuminating consultant to Zen meditation.

It starts off with a precis of Zen, keeps with a whole path in Zen meditation, and ends with reviews on a Zen vintage, looking for the lacking Ox. particular practices are featured all through, similar to “One-Minute Zazen” and different gemstones which are the results of a life of research. for college students of Zen either new and outdated, Sekida’s teachings are an never-ending resource of perception and knowledge.

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At the more southerly latitudes at which many Asian countries are located, the moon has a lower angle of inclination so that the face is “turned” by up to about ninety degrees. If the reader tries turning an image of the moon in a similar way she will realize that the rabbit becomes easier to see. 18. The Japanese see it, more profanely, as making rice cakes. Interestingly enough the Japanese terms for the full moon (望月, mochizuki) and for the production of rice cakes (餅つき, mochitsuki) are phonetically very similar.

Unlike the familiar optical illusions and many forms of hallucinations, which are brought about by the way in which our brains process visual information, entoptic illusions have their causes within the human eye, so that at least these causes, if not the actual phenomena, can be observed by another person. ) This is the same distinction as that between objective and subjective cases of tinnitus. In the first case a sound (such as that made by the pulsation of the blood) can be heard as coming from the patient’s ear, whereas for subjective tinnitus the sound can only be heard by the sufferer himself.

They all climbed on a tree with branches overhanging the lake. The head monkey decided that they should form a chain: he would go first, someone holding him by his tail, then another monkey would grab the second monkey’s tail, continuing in this way Buddha pointing out the Moon Standing Avalokitehara (detail) Top of a Stūpa Candra (detail) 26 • T W E LV E E X A M P L E S O F I L L U S I O N until he reached the surface of the lake. They set out to do this, but when the chain was halfway down to the water the branch broke and all the monkeys fell into the lake.

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