There is a common misconception that to practice Zen is to
practice meditation and nothing else. In truth, traditionally, the practice of
meditation goes hand-in-hand with moral conduct. In Invoking Reality,
John Daido Loori, one of the leading Zen teachers in America today, presents
and explains the ethical precepts of Zen as essential aspects of Zen training
The Buddhist teachings on morality—the precepts—predate Zen,
going all the way back to the Buddha himself. They describe, in
essence, how a buddha, or awakened person, lives his or her life in the world.
Loori provides a modern interpretation of the precepts
and discusses the ethical significance of these vows as guidelines for living.
“Zen is a practice that takes place within the world,” he says, “based on moral
and ethical teachings that have been handed down from generation to
generation.” In his view, the Buddhist precepts form one of the most vital areas
of spiritual practice.
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This deeper look at the precepts of Buddhism strives to eliminate the misconception that Zen is just a form of meditation, putting it forward as a philosophy of day-to-day, minute-to-minute living.Apr 09 2007 | Read Full Review of Invoking Reality: Moral and E...