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Zen Seeds: 60 essential Buddhist teachings on effort, gratitude, and happiness
From a living treasure of Japanese Zen, an inspiring collection of teachings about the power of Buddhist practice to help you transform suffering and touch the marrow of your life.
In this sparkling collection of teachings, Japanese Zen master Shundo Aoyama Roshi offers an earthy entry to the practice of Zen Buddhism. Or rather, she offers a myriad of entries, for Zen Seeds, as its title suggests, is comprised of brief chapters meant to plant seeds of wisdom and compassion in readers. Ranging from classical Zen material, such as the teachings of Dogen and koans, to anecdotes from Aoyama's fascinating life and from those of her many students, the book builds a profoundly compelling portrait of Zen, both in the lives of monastics and in those of the innumerable laypeople—artists, housewives, and businesspeople—whom Aoyama has spent her entire life helping. A pioneering female leader in the Soto Zen school, Aoyama demonstrates the power of practice not only for women, but for anyone seeking to lead a life of greater clarity and compassion.
SHUNDO AOYAMA is among the foremost Zen teachers in contemporary Japan. Having written over 40 books, she has a wide following among Japanese readers. She is a leading figure in the Soto Zen school and an inspiring example to female Buddhist priests around the world. Chief priest of the Muryo-ji temple and of the Aichi Semmon Niso-do, a training temple for female Soto Zen priests, she has trained more than 50 disciples.