Browse our selection of Korean Buddhist books and translations, from historical icons like Manhae, to great contemporary teachers like Master Jae Woong Kim.
Dignity and Discipline
Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns
Ven. Jampa Tsedroen,
When the Buddha established his community over twenty-five centuries ago, he did so upon a foundation of radical equality among women and men. And indeed, the earliest Buddhist scriptures celebrate the teachings and inspiring influence of these path-blazing female renunciants. Nonetheless, through much of the Buddhist world, the order of nuns has disappeared or was never transmitted at all.
Dignity and Discipline represents a watershed moment in Buddhist history, as the Dalai Lama together with scholars and monastics from around the world, present powerful cases, grounded in both scripture and a profound appeal to human dignity, that the order of Buddhist nuns can and should be fully restored.
ISBN:0-86171-588-8_|_352 pages_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Dogen’s Extensive Record
A Translation of the Eihei Koroku
Taigen Dan Leighton,
Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen master who founded the Japanese Soto School of Zen, is renowned as one of the world's most remarkable religious thinkers. As Shakespeare does with English, Dogen utterly transforms the language of Zen, using it in novel and extraordinarily beautiful ways to point to everything important in the religious life.
He is known for two major works. The first work, the massive Shobogenzo(Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), represents his early teachings and exists in myriad English translations; the second work, the Eihei Koroku, is a collection of all his later teachings, including short formal discourses to the monks training at his temple, longer informal talks, and koans with his commentaries, as well as short appreciatory verses on various topics. The Shobogenzo has received enormous attention in Western Zen and Western Zen literature, and with the publication of this watershed volume, the Eihei Koroku will surely rise to commensurate stature.
Dogen’s Extensive Record is the first-ever complete and scholarly translation of this monumental work into English and this edition is the first time it has been available in paperback. This edition contains extensive and detailed research and annotation by scholars, translators and Zen teachers Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, as well as forewords by the eighteenth-century poet-monk Ryokan and Tenshin Reb Anderson, former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center-plus introductory essays from Dogen scholar Steven Heine, and the prominent, late American Zen master John Daido Loori.
ISBN:0-86171-670-1_|_824 pages_|_Our Price: $21.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Everything Yearned For
Manhae's Poems of Love and Longing
Francisca Cho, Translator
David R. McCann, Foreword
Manhae (1879-1944), or Han Yongun, was a Korean Buddhist (Son) monk during the era of Japanese colonial occupation (1910-1945). Manhae is a political and cultural hero in Korea, and his works are studied by college students and school children alike.
Everything Yearned For is a collection of 88 love poems, evocative of the mystical love poetry of Rumi, and even reminiscent of the work of Pablo Neruda.Though Manahe's poetry can be read allegorically on many levels—political and religious—it is completely unlike any other poetry in Buddhist or secular realm.
The first poem, "My Lover's Silence," narrates the lover's departure and establishes the enduring themes of the work: The happiness of meeting, the sadness of separation, the agony of longing and waiting, and, most of all, the perfection of love in absence that demands the cost of one's ongoing life, as opposed to the relief of death. The Korean word translated in these poems as "love" and "lover" is nim, though nim has many and broad interpretations. Understandably, the identity of Manhae's lover, or "nim" has been the subject of much speculation.
Manhae writes in his own preface:
"Nim" is not only a human lover but everything yearned for. All beings are nim for the Buddha, and philosophy is the nim of Kant. The spring rain is nim for the rose, and Italy is the nim of Mazzini. Nim is what I love, but it also loves me. If romantic love is freedom, then so is my nim. But aren't you attached to the lofty name of freedom? Don't you also have a nim? If so, it's only your shadow. I write these poems for the young lambs wandering lost on the road home from the darkening plains."
ISBN:0-86171-489-X_|_192 pp_|_Our Price: $12 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Kaz Tanahashi, Translator
Allan Baille, Photographs
In Lotus,Kaz Tanahashi and photographer Alan Baillie provide a super-close-up view of one of world culture's most famous flowers. Baillie's carefully assembled collection of photographs of the lotus capture the legendary flower throughout its "life," as it were: from seed to brilliant flower, and finally, into dust. Some of Baillie's photographs rival the best of the genre; these are truly "classical" in their approach. But he also provides a wholly fresh view, providing surprising images from each stage of the lotus's existence. Readers will alternate between swooning, and exclaiming, "I can't believe that's a flower!"
Editor Kaz Tanahashi, an expert of Asian cultures and storytelling, offers the perfect complement to the photography here. His introductory frontmatter tells of the lotus' prominence in various cultures, and the mystical and practical meanings that the flower continues to embody. Next to appear are his carefully selected poetry and prose-extractions, chosen to match Baillie's photographs, on facing pages. Each illuminates the other, making Lotus a gratifying way to relax, please the eyes, and feed the mind.
ISBN:0-86171-277-3_|_128 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place
Melvin McLeod, Editor
"I've studied politics my entire life. It's been because of my time working on this book that I've finally learned what's really important in politics." So says Melvin McLeod, editor of Mindful Politics, a book that transcends Right and Left, progressive and conservative, to get to the heart of what matters: how we can all make a positive difference in our complex political world.
This is not your typical political book. It's not written at a fever pitch, it doesn't use a good/bad binary, and it doesn't tout partisan policies. Instead, this timely collection addresses the less-discussed but more important questions about politics: What insight does religion have to offer politics? How can we as concerned citizens move beyond the particulars of legislation and party affiliation, and take direct action? How, amid divisive and challenging times, can personal growth and effective advocacy take place together?
In short, Mindful Politics offers the persectives of 34 important authors and thinkers on how each of us, right now, can make the world a better place.
McLeod includes essays and insights from some of the brightest, and most controversial, lights of Buddhism - and beyond.
Thich Nhat Hanh | Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith) | The Dalai Lama |
Jerry Brown | Pema Chodron | Trungpa Rinpoche | bell hooks | Ezra Bayda |
Meg Wheatley ...and many more
ISBN:0-86171-298-6_|_320 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Buddhist Inspirations for Sleeping, Dreaming, and Waking Up
Josh Bartok, Editor
Gustavo Szpilman Cutz, Editor
Includes inspiring nighttime reflections from:
Shakyamuni Buddha * The Dalai Lama * Padmasambhava * Eihei Dogen * Ajahn Brahm * Susan Murphy * Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche * Ezra Bayda * Gyatrul Rinpoche *
Lama Yeshe * Geshe Lhundub Sopa * Serinity Young * Kalu Rinpoche * Robert Langan *
Barry Magid * Venerable Yin-Shun * Manhae * Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche * B. Alan Wallace
…and many more!
Nightly Wisdom mines a rich vein of Buddhist teachings on such topics as lucid dreaming, Tibetan "dream yoga"--the art of extending meditation into the boundless world of dreams--and relaxing into restful sleep. In addition to inspiration and encouragement, you'll find here simple practices for transforming your sleep into something that's beneficial in entirely new ways, as well as practices for greeting each morning with fresh eyes-and an open heart.
Featuring poetry and prose from sources modern and ancient (including the Buddha himself), Nightly Wisdom is a bedside keepsake, perfect for anyone who has wants to wake up to the entirety of life or bring fresh wisdom into that third of our lives we spend in bed.
ISBN:0-86171-549-7_|_304 pages_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
No River to Cross
Trusting the Enlightenment that’s Always Right Here
Zen Master Daehaeng (Daehaeng Kun Sunim), Author
It is often said that enlightenment means "crossing over to the other shore," that far-off place where we can at last be free from suffering. Likewise, it is said that Buddhist teachings are the raft that takes us there.
In this sparkling collection from one of the most vital teachers of modern Korean Buddhism, Zen Master Daehaeng shows us that there is no raft to find and, truly, no river to cross. She extends her hand to the Western reader, beckoning each of us into the unfailing wisdom accessible right now, the enlightenment that is always, already, right here.
A Zen (or seon, as Korean Zen is called) master with impeccable credentials, Daehaeng has developed a refreshing approach; No River to Cross is surprisingly personal. It's disarmingly simple, yet remarkably profound, pointing us again and again to our foundation, our "True Nature"—the perfection of things just as they are.
ISBN:0-86171-534-9_|_136 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
One Hundred Days of Solitude
Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat
Jane Dobisz, Author
In One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat,American teacher of Korean Zen Jane Dobisz (Zen Master Bon Yeon), recalls her first solitary meditation stint in the woods. Luckily, this is not just a recounting of a winter's worth of cabin fever. Instead, Dobisz takes us into her cabin, and into her
mind, as she tries--at least temporarily--to live a Walden-like existence.
All the bowing and meditating and
wood-chopping that is part and parcel of her
retreat is hardly first nature, but the
good-humored and tenacious Dobisz is able to
adapt, and to relate her hundred days with
moving insight and humanity. Her
Solitude in fact offers us all a
chance to commune with her and to look inside
and rediscover our own grace.
ISBN:0-86171-538-1_|_160_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Book of MU
Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan
James Ishmael Ford, Editor
Melissa Myozen Blacker, Editor
The word “mu” is one ancient Zen teacher’s response to the earnest question of whether even a dog has “buddha nature”—and discovering for ourselves the meaning of the master’s response is the urgent work of each of us who yearns to be free and at peace. “Practicing Mu” is synonymous with practicing Zen, “sitting with Mu” is an apt description for all Zen meditation, and it is said that all the thousands and thousands of koans in the Zen tradition are really just further elaborations of Mu.
This watershed volume brings together over forty teachers, ancient and modern masters from across centuries and the full spectrum of the Zen world, to illuminate and clarify the essential matter: the question of how to be most truly ourselves.
Includes writings from: Dogen • Hakuin • Dahui • Thich Thien-An Zenkei Shibayama • Seung Sahn • Taizan Maezumi • Sheng Yen Philip Kapleau • Robert Aitken • Jan Chozen Bays • Shodo Harada Grace Schireson • John Daido Loori • John Tarrant
Barry Magid • Joan Sutherland …and many more!
ISBN:0-86171-643-4_|_352 pages_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Lotus Sutra
A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic
The Lotus Sutra is one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It has been a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia, and by extension in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down sharp distinctions between the ideals of the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone personal salvation until all beings may share it together, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha.
This new translation takes particular care to appeal to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhism vocabulary, and this volume includes the full "threefold" text of this classic.
Cover illustration from The Illuminated Lotus Project (detail)
(c) Roberta Mansell
ISBN:0-86171-571-3_|_504 pages_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Stories of the Lotus Sutra
Stories are ancient and wondrous tools with the mysterious power to transform lives. And the stories and parables of the Lotus Sutra-one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts-are among the most fascinating and dramatic.
In this fun, engaging, and plain-English book, Gene Reeves-the translator of
Wisdom's critically acclaimed and bestselling edition of the Lotus Sutra-presents the most memorable and remarkable of the Lotus Sutra's many stories and parables, along with a distillation of his decades of reflection on them in an accessible, inspiring, and naturally illuminating way.
The Stories of the Lotus Sutra is the perfect companion to Reeve's breathtaking translation of this scriptural masterpiece as well as a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone volume for those who want to bring the inspiring teachings of the bodhisattva path into their daily lives.
ISBN:0-86171-646-9_|_384 pages_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Formula for Ending Suffering: A Practical Guide to the Heart Sutra
Dosung Yoo, author
Thunderous Silence throws light on the Heart Sutra—a pithy encapsulation of the essence of Perfection of Wisdom literature—using stop-by-step analysis and an easy, conversational voice. Dosung Yoo examines the sutra phrase by phrase, using rich explanations and metaphors drawn from Korean folklore, quantum physics, Charles Dickens, and everything in between to clarify subtle concepts for the reader. This book invites us to examine the fundamentals of Buddhism—The Four Noble Truths, emptiness, enlightenment—through the prism of the Heart Sutra. Both those new to Buddhism and longtime practitioners looking to revisit a core text from a fresh perspective will find this work appealing.
ISBN:1-61429-053-9_|_272_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
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