The Eight Gates of Zen by John Daido Loori
A Program of Zen Training

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This
accessible introduction to the philosophy and practice of Zen Buddhism includes
a program of study that encompasses practically every aspect of life. The
American Zen teacher John Daido Loori shows us that Zen practice should include
not only meditation, the study of Zen literature and liturgy, and moral and
ethical action, but should also manifest in work, artistic, and everyday
activities. The Eight Gates are:


Zazen,
a type of meditation described as "sitting Zen"
Face-to-face
meetings between teacher and student
Academic
study of the sutras related to Zen training, other schools of Buddhism,
Buddhist history, psychology, and philosophy
Zen
rites and rituals and their meaning
The
moral and ethical requirements set in the Buddhist Precepts
Art
practice as an extension of Zen practice
Body
practice as an extension of Zen practice
Work
as an active function of zazen

Beautifully
illustrated with Loori's own photographs, this edition also includes a new
introduction and an updated reading list.

 

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 November 12, 2013 by Shambhala Publications. 308 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Loori (Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment) is the abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills, a former photographer and a writer for mainstream Buddhist publications such as Tricycle and Shambhala Sun.

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The Eight Gates which are thoroughly explored in the book in successive chapters are: • The practice of Zazen, a form of sitting meditation • Face-to-face meetings between student and teacher • Academic study of the sutras and their relationship to other schools of Buddhism, Buddhist his...

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