Teachings: Recommended Books

Zen is Eternal Life
Zen is Eternal Life
by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett
This book is a guide for all who wish to practice Zen. In the first sections Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett explains Buddhist beliefs and how we can put them into practice in our daily lives. Following sections contain writings of Japanese Zen Masters, Dogen and Keizan, as a guide to deepen your practice.
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The Wild White Goose
The Wild White Goose
The Diary of a Female Zen Priest by Rev. Roshi P.T.N.H. Jiyu-Kennett.
Originally published in two volumes, this book is based on the diaries of the years in Japan of Roshi Jiyu-Kennett, one of the first Western women to become a Zen Master. It covers both the depth of her own spiritual training and offers a rare insight into a large Japanese Zen monastery in the 1960’s. (See this related post on Jade Mountains.)
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Buddhism from Within
Buddhism from Within
by Rev Master Daizui McPhillamy
What is it like to see the world through Buddhist eyes? What meaning does Buddhism have in their lives? By taking a plain speaking intuitive approach to the basic principles of Buddhism, this book offers a window into understanding the religion in a personal way. The author was a Buddhist monk for 30 years and was Head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives from 1996 until his death in April 2003.
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Sitting Buddha: Zen Meditation for everyone
Sitting Buddha: Zen Meditation for everyone
by Rev Master Daishin Morgan, Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey.
Describes the fundamentals of the practice of zazen, both physical and mental elements, followed by an enquiry into the nature of our perceptions and how they determine our experience of the world and therefore our inner suffering.
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Soto Zen
Soto Zen
Originally published in 1960, this book was written by Rev Keido Chisan Koho Zenji, former Abbot of Sojiji temple in Japan and Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett’s Master, as part of his wish to help to introduce Soto Zen to the West.
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