Shikantaza

Taigen Dan Leighton

Excerpt from The Art of Just Sitting
Edited by Daido Loori – Wisdom Publications
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The practice of "just sitting" is central to all Zen practice; it is the simplest yet most subtle form of meditation. This comprehensive and unparalleled volume brings together a wealth of writings, from Bodhidharma and Dogen to the most prominent modern teachers, collecting the substantial core of centuries of Zen teachings. Edited by one of America's preeminent Zen teachers, this book is essential reading for any practitioner, but also will be of great value to all who are interested in Eastern religions. In addition the book is a tremendous resource for schools and libraries as it stands as the best available collection of writings on the subject.

INTRODUCTION:
HONGZHI, DOGEN AND THE BACKGROUND OF SHIKANTAZA

 

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