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Description - Zen Chants by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Zen chanting practice is an important correlative to zazen. It's the forceful, dynamic, and energetic counterpart to the more passive practice of sitting meditation, and it's a powerful expression of the fact that practice happens in a community of others-a community that ultimately includes all beings. Here is a concise introduction to Zen chant for the uninitiated, and a companion for all Zennists who practice chanting, either on their own or in their Zen communities. Kaz begins with an introduction to Zen chant- where the texts come from, how they were practiced historically, how they got transmitted to the Western Zen world, and why the practice is such a powerful thing. He then presents his own translations of thirty-five chants commonly used in Zen centers, with a deep analysis of their meanings.
The recitation of Zen chants helps shape, confirm, and expand one's meditation experience and mindfulness practice. Thus, by familiarizing oneself with Zen chants, one receives insight into the spirit of Zen.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781611801439
ISBN-10: 1611801435
Format: Paperback / softback
(212mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kazuaki Tanahashi

KAZUAKI TANAHASHI is a renowned translator of Dogen and Ryokan and the author of several other books, including the forthcoming Heart Sutra. He is also renowned as an innovative calligraphy artist, giving shows and demonstrations throughout the world.

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