Invoking Reality by John Daido Loori
Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen (Dharma Communications)

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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
and development.





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.

 

About John Daido Loori

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John Daido Loori (1931-2009) was one of the West's leading Zen masters. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori was an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography formed the core of a unique teaching program that integrated art and wilderness training by cultivating a deep appreciation of the relationship of Zen to our natural environment. He was a dharma heir of the influential Japanese Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and he authored many books.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 112 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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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.

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